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Design Principles for Metastable Standing Molecules

Design Principles for Metastable Standing Molecules

H. H. Arefi, D.Corken, F. S.Tautz, R. J. Maurer, C. Wagner, J. Phys. Chem. C 126, 6880-6891 (2022)

"Here, we use density functional theory to study 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) standing on the Ag(111) surface as well as on the tip of a scanning probe microscope. We cast our results into a simple set of design principles for such metastable structures, the validity of which we subsequently demonstrate in two computational case studies. Our work proves the capabilities of computational nanostructure design in the field of metastable molecular structures and offers the intuition needed to fabricate new devices without tedious trial and error."


Coexistence of carbonyl and ether groups on oxygen-terminated (110)-oriented diamond surfaces

Coexistence of carbonyl and ether groups on oxygen-terminated (110)-oriented diamond surfaces

Shayanthan Chaudhuri, Samuel J. Hall, Benedikt P. Klein, Marc Walker, Andrew J. Logsdail, Julie V. Macpherson, Reinhard J. Maurer, Communications Materials 3, 6 (2022)

"Here, we determine the oxygenation state of the (110) surface using a combination of density functional theory calculations and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy experiments. We report the fabrication of the highest-quality (100)-oriented diamond crystal surface to date. We further propose a mechanism for the formation of the hybrid carbonyl-ether phase and rationalize its high stability. "


First-principles calculations of hybrid inorganic-organic interfaces: From state-of-the-art to best practice

First-principles calculations of hybrid inorganic-organic interfaces: From state-of-the-art to best practice

Oliver T. Hofmann, Egbert Zojer, Lukas Hörmann, Andreas Jeindl, and R. J. Maurer, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 23, 8132-8180 (2021)

"In this review, we discuss how to choose appropriate atomistic representations for the simulation of hybrid inorganic-organic interfaces. We provide tips and tricks on how to efficiently converge the self-consistent field cycle and to obtain accurate geometries. We particularly focus on potentially unexpected pitfalls and the errors they incur. As a summary, we provide a list of best practice rules for interface simulations that should especially serve as a useful starting point for less experienced users and newcomers to the field."

The Nuts and Bolts of Ab-Initio Core-Hole Simulations for K-shell X-Ray Photoemission and Absorption Spectra

The Nuts and Bolts of Ab-Initio Core-Hole Simulations for K-shell X-Ray Photoemission and Absorption Spectra

B. Klein, S. J. Hall, R. J. Maurer, J. Phys. Condens. Matter 33, 154005 (2020)

"We present the numerical and technical details of our variants of the DeltaSCF and transition potential method (coined DeltaIP-TP) to simulate XPS and NEXAFS transitions. Using exemplary molecules in gas-phase, in bulk crystals, and at metal-organic interfaces, we systematically assess how practical simulation choices affect the stability and accuracy of simulations. We particularly focus on the choice of aperiodic or periodic description of systems and how spurious charge effects in periodic calculations affect the simulation outcomes. For the benefit of practitioners in the field, we discuss sensible default choices, limitations of the methods, and future prospects."