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  • Thinking inside boxes: Modularizing electronic structure and ab initio molecular dynamics Seritan, S., Thompson, K., Fales, S., Song, C., Parrish, R., Hohenstein, E., Martinez, T. AMER CHEMICAL SOC. 2019
  • Large Scale Electron Correlation Calculations: Rank-Reduced Full Configuration Interaction. Journal of chemical theory and computation Fales, B. S., Seritan, S., Settje, N. F., Levine, B. G., Koch, H., Martínez, T. J. 2018


    We present the rank-reduced full configuration interaction (RR-FCI) method, a variational approach for the calculation of extremely large full configuration interaction (FCI) wavefunctions. In this report we show that RR-FCI can provide ground state singlet and triplet energies within kcal/mol accuracy of full CI (FCI) with computational effort scaling as the square root of the number of determinants in the CI space (compared to conventional FCI methods which scale linearly with the number of determinants). Fast graphical processing unit (GPU) accelerated projected σ=Hc matrix-vector product formation enables calculations with configuration spaces as large as 30 electrons in 30 orbitals, corresponding to an FCI calculation with over 2.4x1016 configurations. We apply this method in the context of complete active space configuration interaction calculations to acenes with 2-5 aromatic rings, comparing absolute energies against FCI when possible and singlet/triplet excitation energies against both density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) and experimental results. The dissociation of molecular nitrogen was also examined using both FCI and RR-FCI. In each case we found that RR-FCI provides a low cost alternative to FCI, with particular advantages when relative energies are desired.

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  • Viewpoints on the 2017 American Conference on Theoretical Chemistry JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A Goldsmith, Z. K., Provazza, J., Seritan, S. 2017; 121 (41): 7807–12

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  • Rate-Enhancing Roles of Water Molecules in Methyltrioxorhenium-Catalyzed Olefin Epoxidation by Hydrogen Peroxide JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY Goldsmith, B. R., Hwang, T., Seritan, S., Peters, B., Scott, S. L. 2015; 137 (30): 9604–16


    Olefin epoxidation catalyzed by methyltrioxorhenium (MTO, CH3ReO3) is strongly accelerated in the presence of H2O. The participation of H2O in each of the elementary steps of the catalytic cycle, involving the formation of the peroxo complexes (CH3ReO2(η(2)-O2), A, and CH3ReO(η(2)-O2)2(H2O), B), as well as in their subsequent epoxidation of cyclohexene, was examined in aqueous acetonitrile. Experimental measurements demonstrate that the epoxidation steps exhibit only weak [H2O] dependence, attributed by DFT calculations to hydrogen bonding between uncoordinated H2O and a peroxo ligand. The primary cause of the observed H2O acceleration is the strong co-catalytic effect of water on the rates at which A and B are regenerated and consequently on the relative abundances of the three interconverting Re-containing species at steady state. Proton transfer from weakly coordinated H2O2 to the oxo ligands of MTO and A, resulting in peroxo complex formation, is directly mediated by solvent H2O molecules. Computed activation parameters and kinetic isotope effects, in combination with proton-inventory experiments, suggest a proton shuttle involving one or (most favorably) two H2O molecules in the key ligand-exchange steps to form A and B from MTO and A, respectively.

    View details for DOI 10.1021/jacs.5b03750

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    View details for PubMedID 26138433

  • A design equation for low dosage additives that accelerate nucleation FARADAY DISCUSSIONS Poon, G. G., Seritan, S., Peters, B. 2015; 179: 329–41


    Additives are used to control nucleation in many natural and industrial environments. However, the mechanisms by which additives inhibit or accelerate solute precipitate nucleation are not well understood. We propose an equation that predicts changes in nucleation barriers based on the adsorption properties and concentrations of trace additives. The equation shows that nucleant efficacy depends on the product of an adsorption equilibrium constant and the reduction in interfacial tension. Moreover, the two factors that determine the potency of additives are related to each other, suggesting that assays of just one property might facilitate additive design. We test the design equation for a Potts lattice gas model with surfactant-like additives in addition to solutes and solvents.

    View details for DOI 10.1039/c4fd00226a

    View details for Web of Science ID 000356961400017

    View details for PubMedID 25951032