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A special issue of Computation (ISSN 2079-3197).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2013)

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Guest Editor
Dr. Joshua A. Anderson

Glotzer Group, NCRC B10-G033, 2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800, USA
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Interests: cuda; gpu; high performance computing; molecular dynamics; monte carlo; numerical optimization algorithms; soft matter; polymers; statistical mechanics

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Dear Colleagues,

I invite you to submit scholarly research papers to the first special issue of the journal Computation. Papers discussing computational models, methods, and their application in fields of science and engineering, are all welcome. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to astronomy, protein structure, soft matter self assembly, electronic structure, designer materials, acoustics, transport phenomena, and cell functions. Computation is important in current science and engineering research, enabling models with full atomistic detail, fast exploration of large parameter spaces, and analysis of experimental data. Research papers, reviews, and communications on all topics related to computation are invited.

Dr. Joshua A. Anderson
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • fluid dynamics
  • density functional theory
  • molecular dynamics
  • monte carlo
  • high performance computing

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Open AccessArticle Effect of Isotopic Substitution on Elementary Processes in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: Deuterated Amino-Phenyl Acid Dyes on TiO2
Computation 2013, 1(1), 1-15; doi:10.3390/computation1010001
Received: 23 January 2013 / Revised: 4 February 2013 / Accepted: 1 March 2013 / Published: 11 March 2013
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Abstract
We present the first computational study of the effects of isotopic substitution on the operation of dye-sensitized solar cells. Ab initio molecular dynamics is used to study the effect of deuteration on light absorption, dye adsorption dynamics, the averaged over vibrations driving force
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We present the first computational study of the effects of isotopic substitution on the operation of dye-sensitized solar cells. Ab initio molecular dynamics is used to study the effect of deuteration on light absorption, dye adsorption dynamics, the averaged over vibrations driving force to injection (∆Gi) and regeneration (∆Gr), as well as on promotion of electron back-donation in dyes NK1 (2E,4E-2-cyano-5-(4-dimethylaminophenyl)penta-2,4-dienoic acid) and NK7 (2E,4E-2-cyano-5-(4-diphenylaminophenyl)penta-2,4-dienoic acid) adsorbed in monodentate molecular and bidentate bridging dissociative configurations on the anatase (101) surface of TiO2. Deuteration causes a red shift of the absorption spectrum of the dye/TiO2 complex by about 5% (dozens of nm), which can noticeably affect the overlap with the solar spectrum in real cells. The dynamics effect on the driving force to injection and recombination (the difference between the averaged <∆Gi,r> and ∆Gi,requil at the equilibrium configuration) is strong, yet there is surprisingly little isotopic effect: the average driving force to injection <∆Gi> and to regeneration <∆Gr> changes by only about 10 meV upon deuteration. The nuclear dynamics enhance recombination to the dye ground state due to the approach of the electron-donating group to TiO2, yet this effect is similar for deuterated and non-deuterated dyes. We conclude that the nuclear dynamics of the C-H(D) bonds, mostly affected by deuteration, might not be important for the operation of photoelectrochemical cells based on organic dyes. As the expectation value of the ground state energy is higher than its optimum geometry value (by up to 0.1 eV in the present case), nuclear motions will affect dye regeneration by recently proposed redox shuttle-dye combinations operating at low driving forces. Full article
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