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Interpolymer Complexation As A Strategy For Nanoparticle Assembly And Crystallization, Srikanth Nayak, Nathan Horst, Honghu Zhang, Wenjie Wang, Surya Mallapragada, Alex Travesset, David Vaknin Jan 2018

Interpolymer Complexation As A Strategy For Nanoparticle Assembly And Crystallization, Srikanth Nayak, Nathan Horst, Honghu Zhang, Wenjie Wang, Surya Mallapragada, Alex Travesset, David Vaknin

Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications

Controlled self-assembly of nanoparticles into ordered structures is a major step in fabricating nanotechnology based devices. Here, we report on the self-assembly of high quality superlattices of nanoparticles in aqueous suspensions induced via interpolymer complexation. Using small angle X-ray scattering, we demonstrate that the NPs crystallize into superlattices of FCC symmetry, initially driven by hydrogen bonding and subsequently by van der Waals forces between the complexed coronas of hydrogen-bonded polymers. We show that the lattice constant and crystal quality can be tuned by polymer concentration, suspension pH and the length of polymer chains. Interpolymer complexation to assemble nanoparticles is scalable ...


Nonadiabatic Multielectron Dynamics In Interaction Of Molecules With Intense Laser Pulses, Andres F. Mora Jan 2018

Nonadiabatic Multielectron Dynamics In Interaction Of Molecules With Intense Laser Pulses, Andres F. Mora

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Ultrashort high intensity laser pulses have allowed for the observation of ultrafast dynamics in atoms and molecules. Due to the complexity, these multielectron systems interacting with ultrashort intense laser fields are often theoretically studied using the single active electron approximation (SAE). We present here results of simulations within Time Dependent Density Functional Theory which address the multielectron nature of the studied systems. The results exhibit multielectron effects in form of orbital coupling and non-adiabatic electron dynamics in electron localization, high harmonic generation and ionization of N+ 2 interacting with a strong laser pulse.


Tunable Surface Interactions In Adsorbing Polymer Solutions, Sorour Hosseini Jan 2018

Tunable Surface Interactions In Adsorbing Polymer Solutions, Sorour Hosseini

Open Access Theses & Dissertations

A simple formalism is suggested, to calculate the most likely configuration of a finite polymer, between two surfaces on which the monomers can adsorb. Grafted polymers typically enhance the stability of colloidal dispersions, via the long ranged steric repulsion due to the overlap of their polymer brushes, which can be thicker that the typical range of the DLVO interactions. However, if the polymers are adsorbing on the colloidal surfaces, there is the possibility of bridge formation between particles and therefore long-range attractions are induced (a procedure commonly used for the flocculation of colloidal suspensions). The two effects are competing and ...


Chemical Intuition For High Thermoelectric Performance In Monolayer Black Phosphorus, Α-Arsenene And Aw-Antimonene, Bo Peng, Hao Zhang, Hezhu Shao, Ke Xu, Gang Ni, Jing Li, Heyuan Zhu, Costas M. Soukoulis Jan 2018

Chemical Intuition For High Thermoelectric Performance In Monolayer Black Phosphorus, Α-Arsenene And Aw-Antimonene, Bo Peng, Hao Zhang, Hezhu Shao, Ke Xu, Gang Ni, Jing Li, Heyuan Zhu, Costas M. Soukoulis

Ames Laboratory Accepted Manuscripts

Identifying materials with intrinsically high thermoelectric performance remains a challenge even with the aid of a high-throughput search. Here, using a chemically intuitive approach based on the bond-orbital theory, three anisotropic 2D group-V materials (monolayer black phosphorus, alpha-arsenene, and aW-antimonene) are identified as candidates for high thermoelectric energy conversion efficiency. Concepts, such as bond length, bond angle, and bond strength, are used to explain the trends in their electronic properties, such as the band gap and the effective mass. Our first principles calculations confirm that high carrier mobilities and large Seebeck coefficients can be obtained at the same time in ...


Hyperpolarized Porous Silicon Nanoparticles: Potential Theragnostic Material For 29si Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Hyeonglim Seo, Ikjang Choi, Nicholas Whiting, Jingzhe Hu, Quy S. Luu, Shivanand Pudakalakatti, Caitlin Mccowan, Yaewon Kim, Niki Zacharias Millward, Seunghyun Lee, Pratip Bhattacharya, Youngbok Lee Dec 2017

Hyperpolarized Porous Silicon Nanoparticles: Potential Theragnostic Material For 29si Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Hyeonglim Seo, Ikjang Choi, Nicholas Whiting, Jingzhe Hu, Quy S. Luu, Shivanand Pudakalakatti, Caitlin Mccowan, Yaewon Kim, Niki Zacharias Millward, Seunghyun Lee, Pratip Bhattacharya, Youngbok Lee

Nicholas Whiting

Porous silicon nanoparticles have recently garnered attention as potentially-promising biomedical platforms for drug delivery and medical diagnostics. Here, we demonstrate porous silicon nanoparticles as contrast agents for 29Si magnetic resonance imaging. Size-controlled porous silicon nanoparticles were synthesized by magnesiothermic reduction of silica nanoparticles and were surface activated for further functionalization. Particles were hyperpolarized via dynamic nuclear polarization to enhance their 29Si MR signals; the particles demonstrated long 29Si spin-lattice relaxation (T1) times (~25 mins), which suggests potential applicability for medical imaging. Furthermore, 29Si hyperpolarization levels were sufficient to allow 29Si MRI in phantoms. These results underscore the potential of porous ...


A Molecular Debye-Hückel Theory Of Solvation In Polar Fluids: An Extension Of The Born Model, Tiejun Xiao, Xueyu Song Dec 2017

A Molecular Debye-Hückel Theory Of Solvation In Polar Fluids: An Extension Of The Born Model, Tiejun Xiao, Xueyu Song

Ames Laboratory Accepted Manuscripts

A dielectric response theory of solvation beyond the conventional Born model for polar fluids is presented. The dielectric response of a polar fluid is described by a Born response mode and a linear combination of Debye-Hückel-like response modes that capture the nonlocal response of polar fluids. The Born mode is characterized by a bulk dielectric constant, while a Debye-Hückel mode is characterized by its corresponding Debye screening length. Both the bulk dielectric constant and the Debye screening lengths are determined from the bulk dielectric function of the polar fluid. The linear combination coefficients of the response modes are evaluated in ...


Artificial Olfactory System For Multi-Component Analysis Of Gas Mixtures., Alexander Aleksandrovich Larin Dec 2017

Artificial Olfactory System For Multi-Component Analysis Of Gas Mixtures., Alexander Aleksandrovich Larin

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Gas analysis is an important part of our world and gas sensing technology is becoming more essential for various aspects of our life. A novel approach for gas mixture analysis by using portable gas chromatography in combination with an array of highly integrated and selective metal oxide (MOX) sensors has been studied. We developed a system with small size (7 x 13 x 16 inches), low power consumption (~10 W) and absence of special carrier gases designed for portable field analysis (assuming apriori calibration). Low ppb and even sub-ppb level of detection for some VOCs was achieved during the analysis ...


Analysis Of Primary Stripper Foils At The Spallation Neutron Source By An Electron Beam Foil Test Stand, Eric Paul Barrowclough Dec 2017

Analysis Of Primary Stripper Foils At The Spallation Neutron Source By An Electron Beam Foil Test Stand, Eric Paul Barrowclough

Doctoral Dissertations

Diamond films are used at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) as the primary charge exchange foils (i.e., stripper foils) of the accelerated 1 GeV (Gigaelectron volts) hydride ions. The most common type of film used is a nanocrystalline diamond film, typically 17 mm x 45 mm (millimeter) with an aerial density of 350 μg/cm2 (microgram per square centimeter). The diamond film is deposited on a corrugated silicon substrate using plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition. After the growth of the diamond film, 30 mm of the silicon substrate is etched away, leaving a freestanding diamond foil with a silicon ...


Gamma-Radiation Induced Corrosion Of Alloy 800, Mojtaba Momeni Nov 2017

Gamma-Radiation Induced Corrosion Of Alloy 800, Mojtaba Momeni

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

This thesis presents a newly developed mechanism and predictive model for the corrosion of Alloy 800. The Fe-Cr-Ni Alloy (Incoloy 800) is mainly used for steam generator (SG) tubing in CANDU and PWR reactors and is a candidate material for the proposed Canadian Supercritical Water Reactor (SCWR) in which it will be exposed to extreme conditions of high radiation flux and large temperature gradients. The influence of gamma radiation and water chemistry conditions on the corrosion behaviour of Alloy 800 are studied in this work. Ionizing radiation creates reducing (•eaq, •H, •O2-) and oxidizing radiolysis (•OH, H2 ...


Reorientations, Relaxations, Metastabilities, And Multidomains Of Skyrmion Lattices, L. J. Bannenberg, F. Qian, R. M. Dalgliesh, N. Martin, G. Chaboussant, M. Schmidt, Deborah L. Schlagel, Thomas A. Lograsso, Diamond Light Source Ltd., C. Pappas Nov 2017

Reorientations, Relaxations, Metastabilities, And Multidomains Of Skyrmion Lattices, L. J. Bannenberg, F. Qian, R. M. Dalgliesh, N. Martin, G. Chaboussant, M. Schmidt, Deborah L. Schlagel, Thomas A. Lograsso, Diamond Light Source Ltd., C. Pappas

Ames Laboratory Accepted Manuscripts

Magnetic skyrmions are nanosized topologically protected spin textures with particlelike properties. They can form lattices perpendicular to the magnetic field, and the orientation of these skyrmion lattices with respect to the crystallographic lattice is governed by spin-orbit coupling. By performing small-angle neutron scattering measurements, we investigate the coupling between the crystallographic and skyrmion lattices in both Cu2OSeO3 and the archetype chiral magnet MnSi. The results reveal that the orientation of the skyrmion lattice is primarily determined by the magnetic field direction with respect to the crystallographic lattice. In addition, it is also influenced by the magnetic history of the sample ...


Electronic, Magnetic, And Magnetocrystalline Anisotropy Properties Of Light Lanthanides, T. A. Hackett, D. J. Baldwin, Durga Paudyal Nov 2017

Electronic, Magnetic, And Magnetocrystalline Anisotropy Properties Of Light Lanthanides, T. A. Hackett, D. J. Baldwin, Durga Paudyal

Ames Laboratory Accepted Manuscripts

Theoretical understanding of interactions between localized and mobile electrons and the crystal environment in light lanthanides is important because of their key role in much needed magnetic anisotropy in permanent magnet materials that have a great impact in automobile and wind turbine applications. We report electronic, magnetic, and magnetocrystalline properties of these basic light lanthanide elements studied from advanced density functional theory (DFT) calculations. We find that the inclusion of onsite 4f electron correlation and spin orbit coupling within the full-potential band structure is needed to understand the unique magnetocrystalline properties of these light lanthanides. The onsite electron correlation, spin ...


Superconductivity At Т≈200 K In Bismuth Cuprates Synthesized Using Solar Energy, J. G. Chigvinadze, Juana Vivó Acrivos, S. M. Ashimov, D. D. Gulamova, G. J. Donadze Oct 2017

Superconductivity At Т≈200 K In Bismuth Cuprates Synthesized Using Solar Energy, J. G. Chigvinadze, Juana Vivó Acrivos, S. M. Ashimov, D. D. Gulamova, G. J. Donadze

Juana Vivó Acrivos

When investigating low-frequency (0.1 Hz) oscillations of multiphase high-temperature cuprate superconductors (HTCS) Bi1,7Pb0,3Sr2Ca(n-1)CunOy (n=2-30), a wide attenuation peak (ΔT~100 К) with a maximum at Т≈200 К was detected. This peak was particularly pronounced in field cooling (FC) experiments, i.e. after abrupt cooling of the sample in the external magnetic field at the temperature Т<Тс with subsequent slow warming up to room temperature with invariance of the applied field. The attenuation peak height depended on the preliminary
orientation (before cooling) of the samples θ in the measured permanent magnetic field Н ...


Combined Measurement Of Directional Raman Scattering And Surface-Plasmon-Polariton Cone From Adsorbates On Smooth Planar Gold Surfaces, Charles K.A. Nyamekye, Surface Photonics, Inc., Jonathan M. Bobbitt, Emily A. Smith Oct 2017

Combined Measurement Of Directional Raman Scattering And Surface-Plasmon-Polariton Cone From Adsorbates On Smooth Planar Gold Surfaces, Charles K.A. Nyamekye, Surface Photonics, Inc., Jonathan M. Bobbitt, Emily A. Smith

Ames Laboratory Accepted Manuscripts

Directional-surface-plasmon-coupled Raman scattering (directional RS) has the combined benefits of surface plasmon resonance and Raman spectroscopy, and provides the ability to measure adsorption and monolayer-sensitive chemical information. Directional RS is performed by optically coupling a 50-nm gold film to a Weierstrass prism in the Kretschmann configuration and scanning the angle of the incident laser under total internal reflection. The collected parameters on the prism side of the interface include a full surface-plasmon-polariton cone and the full Raman signal radiating from the cone as a function of incident angle. An instrument for performing directional RS and a quantitative study of the ...


Interfacial Self-Assembly Of Polyelectrolyte-Capped Gold Nanoparticles, Honghu Zhang, Srikanth Nayak, Wenjie Wang, Surya K Mallapragada, David Vaknin Oct 2017

Interfacial Self-Assembly Of Polyelectrolyte-Capped Gold Nanoparticles, Honghu Zhang, Srikanth Nayak, Wenjie Wang, Surya K Mallapragada, David Vaknin

Ames Laboratory Accepted Manuscripts

We report on pH- and salt-responsive assembly of nanoparticles capped with polyelectrolytes at vapor–liquid interfaces. Two types of alkylthiol-terminated poly(acrylic acid) (PAAs, varying in length) are synthesized and used to functionalize gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) to mimic similar assembly effects of single-stranded DNA-capped AuNPs using synthetic polyelectrolytes. Using surface-sensitive X-ray scattering techniques, including grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) and X-ray reflectivity (XRR), we demonstrate that PAA-AuNPs spontaneously migrate to the vapor–liquid interfaces and form Gibbs monolayers by decreasing the pH of the suspension. The Gibbs monoalyers show chainlike structures of monoparticle thickness. The pH-induced self-assembly is attributed ...


Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Probe Head Design For Precision Strain Control, T. Kissikov, R. Sarkar, B. T. Bush, Paul C. Canfield, N. J. Curro Oct 2017

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Probe Head Design For Precision Strain Control, T. Kissikov, R. Sarkar, B. T. Bush, Paul C. Canfield, N. J. Curro

Ames Laboratory Accepted Manuscripts

We present the design and construction of an NMR probe to investigate single crystals under strain at cryogenic temperatures. The probe head incorporates a piezoelectric-based apparatus from Razorbill Instruments that enables both compressive and tensile strain tuning up to strain values on the order of 0.3% with a precision of 0.001%. As NMR in BaFe2As2 reveals large changes to the electric field gradient and indicates that the strain is homogeneous to within 16% over the volume of the NMR coil.


Spin-Imbalance In A 2d Fermi-Hubbard System, Peter Brown, Debayan Mitra, Elmer Guardado-Sanchez, Peter Schauß, Stanimir Kondov, Ehsan Khatami, Thereza Paiva, Nandini Trivedi, David Huse, Waseem Bakr Sep 2017

Spin-Imbalance In A 2d Fermi-Hubbard System, Peter Brown, Debayan Mitra, Elmer Guardado-Sanchez, Peter Schauß, Stanimir Kondov, Ehsan Khatami, Thereza Paiva, Nandini Trivedi, David Huse, Waseem Bakr

Faculty Publications

The interplay of strong interactions and magnetic fields gives rise to unusual forms of superconductivity and magnetism in quantum many-body systems. Here, we present an experimental study of the two-dimensional Fermi-Hubbard model—a paradigm for strongly correlated fermions on a lattice—in the presence of a Zeeman field and varying doping. Using site-resolved measurements, we revealed anisotropic antiferromagnetic correlations, a precursor to long-range canted order. We observed nonmonotonic behavior of the local polarization with doping for strong interactions, which we attribute to the evolution from an antiferromagnetic insulator to a metallic phase. Our results pave the way to experimentally mapping ...


Spin-Imbalance In A 2d Fermi-Hubbard System, Peter T. Brown, Debayan Mitra, Elmer Guardado-Sanchez, Peter Schauß, Stanimir S. Kondov, Ehsan Khatami, Thereza Paiva, Nandini Trivedi, David A. Huse, Waseem S. Bakr Sep 2017

Spin-Imbalance In A 2d Fermi-Hubbard System, Peter T. Brown, Debayan Mitra, Elmer Guardado-Sanchez, Peter Schauß, Stanimir S. Kondov, Ehsan Khatami, Thereza Paiva, Nandini Trivedi, David A. Huse, Waseem S. Bakr

Ehsan Khatami

The interplay of strong interactions and magnetic fields gives rise to unusual forms of superconductivity and magnetism in quantum many-body systems. Here, we present an experimental study of the two-dimensional Fermi-Hubbard model—a paradigm for strongly correlated fermions on a lattice—in the presence of a Zeeman field and varying doping. Using site-resolved measurements, we revealed anisotropic antiferromagnetic correlations, a precursor to long-range canted order. We observed nonmonotonic behavior of the local polarization with doping for strong interactions, which we attribute to the evolution from an antiferromagnetic insulator to a metallic phase. Our results pave the way to experimentally mapping ...


Near-Infrared And Optical Beam Steering And Frequency Splitting In Air-Holes-In-Silicon Inverse Photonic Crystals, Anna C. Tasolamprou, Thomas Koschny, Maria Kafesaki, Costas M. Soukoulis Sep 2017

Near-Infrared And Optical Beam Steering And Frequency Splitting In Air-Holes-In-Silicon Inverse Photonic Crystals, Anna C. Tasolamprou, Thomas Koschny, Maria Kafesaki, Costas M. Soukoulis

Ames Laboratory Accepted Manuscripts

We present the design of a dielectric inverse photonic crystal structure that couples line-defect waveguide propagating modes into highly directional beams of controllable directionality. The structure utilizes a triangular lattice made of air holes drilled in an infinitely thick Si slab, and it is designed for operation in the near-infrared and optical regime. The structure operation is based on the excitation and manipulation of dark dielectric surface states, in particular on the tailoring of the dark states’ coupling to outgoing radiation. This coupling is achieved with the use of properly designed external corrugations. The structure adapts and matches modes that ...


On Magnetic Structure Of Cufe2ge2: Constrains From The 57fe Mössbauer Spectroscopy, Sergey L. Bud’Ko, Na Hyun Jo, Savannah S. Downing, Paul C. Canfield Sep 2017

On Magnetic Structure Of Cufe2ge2: Constrains From The 57fe Mössbauer Spectroscopy, Sergey L. Bud’Ko, Na Hyun Jo, Savannah S. Downing, Paul C. Canfield

Ames Laboratory Accepted Manuscripts

57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy measurements were performed on a powdered CuFe2Ge2 sample that orders antiferromagnetically at ∼175 K. Whereas a paramagnetic doublet was observed above the Néel temperature, a superposition of paramagnetic doublet and magnetic sextet (in approximately 0.5:0.5 ratio) was observed in the magnetically ordered state, suggesting a magnetic structure similar to a double-Q spin density wave with half of the Fe paramagnetic and another half bearing static moment of ∼0.5-1μB. These results call for a re-evaluation of the recent neutron scattering data and band structure calculations, as well as for deeper examination of details of ...


Construction And Analysis Of Accurate Exchange-Correlation Potentials, Sviataslau V. Kohut Aug 2017

Construction And Analysis Of Accurate Exchange-Correlation Potentials, Sviataslau V. Kohut

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Practical Kohn–Sham density-functional calculations require approximations to the exchange-correlation energy functional, EXC[ρ], or the exchange-correlation potential, vXC(r), defined as the functional derivative of EXC[ρ] with respect to the electron density, ρ. This thesis focuses on the following problems: (i) development of approximate exchange-correlation potentials by modelling the exchange-correlation charge distribution; (ii) accurate approximation of functional derivatives of orbital-dependent functionals; (iii) generation of exchange-correlation potentials from many-electron wavefunctions; (iv) analysis of accurate exchange-correlation potentials in atoms and molecules.

The advantage of modelling the exchange-correlation potential through the exchange-correlation charge distribution, qXC(r), is ...


Raman Spectroscopy Of Oxygen Evolution Catalysts And Psii Manganese Model Compounds, Sergei Shmakov, Daniel A. Hartzler, Alireza Karbakhsh Ravari, Yulia Pushkar Aug 2017

Raman Spectroscopy Of Oxygen Evolution Catalysts And Psii Manganese Model Compounds, Sergei Shmakov, Daniel A. Hartzler, Alireza Karbakhsh Ravari, Yulia Pushkar

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Symposium

Photosynthesis is the basis of life on earth, and oxygen evolution catalysts are key components of this complicated, yet not fully understood process. Photosystem II, a large membrane bound pigment-protein complex, is the key system that facilitates oxygenic photosynthesis via the oxygen evolving complex (a natural oxygen evolving catalyst). It is a key component in oxygen producing catalysts, which can be used in fields such as energy production and biomimetic catalysts. The oxygen evolution cycle, or Kok cycle going within it is still not studied completely. In this project, we were studying the vibrational (and structural) state of a Manganese ...


Electronic And Magnetic Materials Under External Stimuli, Kenneth Robert O'Neal Aug 2017

Electronic And Magnetic Materials Under External Stimuli, Kenneth Robert O'Neal

Doctoral Dissertations

The interaction between spin, charge, and lattice degrees of freedom leads to exotic and useful properties in multifunctional materials. This delicate balance of energy scales allows external stimuli such as temperature, magnetic field, or pressure to drive to novel phases. As a local probe technique, spectroscopy can provide insight into the microscopic mechanism of the phase transitions. In this dissertation I present spectroscopic studies of functional materials under extreme conditions.

Nanomaterials have attracted attention because nanoscale confinement affects various material properties and often reduces energy scales or suppress phase transitions. Combining Raman and infrared spectroscopies reveals that the breakdown mechanism ...


Functional And Structural Studies Of Cytochromes P450 By Resonance Raman Spectroscopy, Yilin Liu Jul 2017

Functional And Structural Studies Of Cytochromes P450 By Resonance Raman Spectroscopy, Yilin Liu

Dissertations (2009 -)

Cytochrome P450 is a broad class of heme monooxygenase enzymes which catalyze various oxidative transformations. There are two main kinds of mammalian P450s: steroidogenic and drug metabolizing P450s. The first project involves a steroidogenic P450, CYP17A1, occupying a central role in the biosynthesis of steroid hormones. It catalyzes hydroxylation reaction on pregnenolone and progesterone, generating 17OH-pregnenolone and 17OH-progesterone, presumably utilizing a “Compound I” species. However, these hydroxylated products can be further processed in a second oxidative cycle to cleave the C17–C20 bond to form dehydroepiandrosterone or androstenedione, respectively, a crucial step in androgen production. Interestingly, it is well known ...


Thermally Activated Diffusion Of Copper Into Amorphous Carbon, David Appy, Mark Wallingford, Dapeng Jing, Ryan T. Ott, Michael C. Tringides, Gunther Richter, Patricia A. Thiel Jul 2017

Thermally Activated Diffusion Of Copper Into Amorphous Carbon, David Appy, Mark Wallingford, Dapeng Jing, Ryan T. Ott, Michael C. Tringides, Gunther Richter, Patricia A. Thiel

Ames Laboratory Accepted Manuscripts

Using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the authors characterize the thermally activated changes that occur when Cu is deposited on amorphous carbon supported on Si at 300 K, then heated to 800 K. The authors compare data for Cu on the basal plane of graphite with pinning defects, where scanning tunneling microscopy reveals that coarsening is the main process in this temperature range. Coarsening begins at 500–600 K and causes moderate attenuation of the Cu photoelectron signal. For Cu on amorphous carbon, heating to 800 K causes Cu to diffuse into the bulk of the film, based on the strong attenuation ...


Electronic And Magnetic Properties Of Carbon-Based And Boron-Based Nano Materials, Rosi Gunasinghe May 2017

Electronic And Magnetic Properties Of Carbon-Based And Boron-Based Nano Materials, Rosi Gunasinghe

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

The structural and electronic properties of covalently and non-covalently functionalized graphene are investigated by means of first-principles density-functional-theory. The electronic characteristics of non-covalently functionalized graphene by a planar covalent organic framework (COF) are investigated. The aromatic central molecule of the COF acts as an electron donor while the linker of the COF acts as an electron acceptor. The concerted interaction of donor acceptor promotes the formation of planar COF networks on graphene. The distinctive electronic properties of covalently functionalized fluorinated epitaxial graphene are attributed to the polar covalent C–F bond. The partial ionic character of the C–F bond ...


Statistical Biophysics Blog: What I Have Against (Most) Pmf Calculations, Daniel M. Zuckerman May 2017

Statistical Biophysics Blog: What I Have Against (Most) Pmf Calculations, Daniel M. Zuckerman

Scholar Archive

The potential of mean force (PMF) is one of the most widely used characterizations of a biomolecular system computed from simulation, but calculating and interpreting a PMF both present challenges.


Nuclear Spin Alignment In Optically Pumped Semiconductors, Matthew M. Willmering May 2017

Nuclear Spin Alignment In Optically Pumped Semiconductors, Matthew M. Willmering

Arts & Sciences Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) has shown its ability to be a very informative analytical technique due to the ability to measure very small changes in the energy splittings due to the nuclei’s local environment. However, this ability is hindered by the low sensitivity of the experiment. Many methods have been postulated and implemented to enhance the sensitivity of NMR experiments; one of which is optically pumped NMR (OPNMR). In this dissertation, the usefulness and potential applications of OPNMR are presented. First, a doubly resonant OPNMR probe was fabricated in order to complete more advanced NMR techniques while optically pumping ...


Universal Disorder In Organic Semiconductors Due To Fluctuations In Space Charge, Tzucheng Wu May 2017

Universal Disorder In Organic Semiconductors Due To Fluctuations In Space Charge, Tzucheng Wu

Physics & Astronomy ETDs

This thesis concerns the study of charge transport in organic semiconductors. These materials are widely used as thin-film photoconductors in copiers and laser printers, and for their electroluminescent properties in organic light-emitting diodes. Much contemporary research is directed towards improving the efficiency of organic photovoltaic devices, which is limited to a large extent by the spatial and energetic disorder that hinders the charge mobility. One contribution to energetic disorder arises from the strong Coulomb interactions between injected charges with one another, but to date this has been largely ignored. We present a mean-field model for the effect of mutual interactions ...


Overview Of Weighted Ensemble Simulation: Path-Sampling, Steady States, Equilibrium, Daniel M. Zuckerman May 2017

Overview Of Weighted Ensemble Simulation: Path-Sampling, Steady States, Equilibrium, Daniel M. Zuckerman

Scholar Archive

A concise overview of the weighted ensemble path sampling method for rare events is given, aimed at beginners.


Understanding Three-Body Interactions In Hexagonal Close Packed Solid He-4, Ashleigh Locke Barnes May 2017

Understanding Three-Body Interactions In Hexagonal Close Packed Solid He-4, Ashleigh Locke Barnes

Doctoral Dissertations

The ground state properties of hexagonal close packed (hcp) solid 4He [He-4] are dominated by large atomic zero point motions which make the primary contribution to the solid’s low-temperature Debye-Waller (DW) factors. Preliminary investigations have also suggested that three-body interactions can play an important role in this system, particularly at higher densities. However, due to their computational cost, these interactions are not generally incorporated into theoretical models of solid 4He [He-4]. In order to accurately treat both zero point motion and three-body interactions, we have developed a perturbative treatment in which the three-body energy is added as ...