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Advancing Computational Approaches for Study and Design in Catalysis

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Our group deals with the development of computational methods and their application to complex systems and processes. Emphasis is laid on accurate approaches derived from quantum mechanics, which we have used to investigate challenging questions in an interdisciplinary field encompassing chemistry, biology, physics, and materials science. In this review, we describe our recent activities for advancing computational approaches in catalysis. Moreover, our work for the study and design of catalysts for solar light-driven water splitting is summarized. The latter is a promising approach to face the world's increasing demand for sustainable energy storage and conversion. Emphasis is put on forefront methods for highly accurate electronic structure, sophisticated inclusion of environmental and dynamic effects and the derivation of structure–activity relationships for informed in silico design. This paves the way for the development of more efficient catalysts in close collaboration with experimental groups.
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Keywords: CATALYSIS; IN SILICO DESIGN; MOLECULAR DYNAMICS; SOLVENT EFFECTS; TRANSITION METALS; WATER SPLITTING

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Chemistry C University of Zurich Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zurich;, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: August 1, 2018

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  • International Journal for Chemistry and Official Membership Journal of the Swiss Chemical Society (SCS) and its Divisions

    CHIMIA, a scientific journal for chemistry in the broadest sense, is published 10 times a year and covers the interests of a wide and diverse readership. Contributions from all fields of chemistry and related areas are considered for publication in the form of Review Articles and Notes. A characteristic feature of CHIMIA are the thematic issues, each devoted to an area of great current significance.

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