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The study of chemical systems using the laws and concepts of physics. This usually requires the techniques of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics.

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Single-molecule magnet with electrically-controlled permeability: How does the Titan Shield from Deus Ex work?

In a recent installment of Deus Ex game series there is an augmentation called "Titan Shield" (it has nothing to do with $\ce{Ti}$ element): A neodymium skin underlay matrix built of nano-meshed ...
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Is there a consensus on whether amber can seal in air bubbles for millions of years?

I read about deriving the oxygen content in the atmosphere in the Cretaceous by analyzing the air trapped in bubbles in amber from that period, but I have also found papers disputing the study's ...
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Verifying data acquired from a molecular dynamics simulation

This question is about verifying a system simulated with MD. I am currently building a model of a two phase gas-liquid system, where I initially have $\ce{N2}$, $\ce{CO2}$, $\ce{Ar}$, $\ce{He}$ and $\...
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Estimating stability and mean life of anomalous tautomers

A pair of bases in the DNA, say, A-T, have a tautomerized form A*-T* (resulting from switching the sides of both protons along the hydrogen bridges). I have studied how, by means of DFT computations, ...
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In a molecular dynamics context, is the methyl rotation in propene a symmetric or asymmetric internal rotor?

In a prior question, I asked about the (a)symmetry of the potential energy surface of the methyl rotation of propene. In that context, the kinetic energy of the nuclear motions is of course assumed ...
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Obtaining activity coefficients of conjugate acids of some common carboxylic acid molecules

Recently, I have been wondering about justifying the notion on how some common acids (e.g. carboxylic acids) are themselves weaker bases than water to the point that we don't usually consider them to ...
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How to color bonds by the strain?

I need to create a figure of a molecule in which the bonds are colored in a RGB scale according to the values read from a data file. The data file contains, for example, the increase or decrease in ...
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Mixing two containers of each water and ethanol to varying degrees of purity

In the following question, the water/wine mixing problem was recast in chemical terms. However, partial molar volumes can make this a much more challenging problem than it appears on the surface. ...
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Calculation of Atomic weight percentage in AAS

I am currently doing doping studies in a system similar to this ($\ce{A_{x}B_{1-x}}$) and I have to find atomic weight percentage of $\ce{B}$ element using atomic absorption spectroscopy(AAS). I have ...
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multielectron spin-orbit coupling and energy level

For multi-electron atoms for which the Hamiltonian (including the spin-orbit coupling) reads $$H=\sum_i T_i-Z\sum_i V_i+\sum_i V_i^{\text{s.o.}}+\sum_{i>j}V_{ij}$$ The $T_i$ are the kinetic ...
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Mathematical Expression for Limiting Molar Conductivity

I have been fiddling around with the theory of electrolytes, specifically molar conductivity, and ways of calculating limiting molar conductivity $\Lambda^0$. I was able to come up with the ...
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Is it possible to calculate electronegativity of surface atoms?

As the title asks, is it possible to calculate the electronegativity (EN) of specific atoms on extended surfaces (slabs), more specifically using computational methods? There are a few issues here I ...
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What does “correct orientation” in a chemical reaction mean conceptually?

My chemistry teacher was talking about how there are two requirements for a reaction to occur: The reactants must have enough energy; and they must also have the correct orientation for a reaction ...
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Quadrupole moment of a molecule

What is a quadrupole moment of a molecule and how does it arise? How is it measured for a particular molecule? I've read the Wikipedia article on quadrupoles and understand that it has to do with the ...
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Calculating Triplet-Triplet Spin-Orbit Coupling

According to the Q-Chem manual [1], the singlet-triplet spin-orbit couplings between a singlet excited state $I$ and a triplet excited state state $J$ is: $$\langle\Phi_\text{singlet}^I|\hat{\mathrm H}...
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What “physical method” does Feynman refer to in The Feynman Lectures on Physics (Vol 1)

In the introductory chapter, Atoms in Motion, of the Feynman Lectures on Physics (Volume One), Feynman alludes to a certain "physical method", which can be used to determine the structure of α-iron (...
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Computational heat of reation vs. using literature values

My question is I don't understand how to explain why or what I did wrong to have such large differences between my computational heat of reaction and heat of reaction using enthalpies of formation ...
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Why do chlorinated silanes have lower boiling points than their methane analogs?

The boiling points of the chlorinated silanes and methanes are given below: $$\begin{array}{ccc} \hline \text{Species} & \text{Boiling point (X = Si) / }\mathrm{^\circ C} & \text{Boiling ...
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Density of non-ideal vapor mixtures

I'm looking for a reasonably accurate density of a mixture of two gases that act quite unlike ideal gases (generally steam and water-miscible solvents). We can get a first order estimate by taking a ...
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Quenching rates in nucleation MD simulations

I am trying to perform nucleation simulations with molecular dynamics. To prepare the metastable fluid, I am equilibrating at temperatures about 30 K above the melting temperature, and then "quenching"...
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Explaining the photoelecton spectrum of krypton

The photoelectron spectrum of krypton is shown below. (where the x-axis is in electron volts (eV))\ Since both the $3p$ and $3d$ shells are more than half full, based on Hund's rules the lowest-...
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How to calculate a molecule's oscillator strength?

I was wondering how to calculate a molecule's (e.g. biphenyl) oscillator strength using a very simplified model. If I want to calculate a molecule's excited states a good start is something like a ...
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Why does Helium have such a low van der Waals coefficient but not as low a Lennard Jones coefficient?

Helium has the lowest polarizability of any atom, and therefore ought to have the smallest London dispersion force. Indeed, if you look at the van der Waals constant of helium, you find that it has ...
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What are the factors that affect the redox reactions?

In my work, I used $\ce{Co(OH)2}$ and $\ce{Ni(OH)2}$ as an active materials to fabricate as symmetric supercapacitors in which I used 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium dicyanamide as an electrolyte. From ...
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Vapor-pressure or Vapor-concentration

To summarize from my textbook: rate of evaporation: proportional to surface area but essentially independent from pressure (of surrounding gas) rate of condensation proportional to both surface ...
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Raoult's law: is the molar fraction the molar fraction in the entire system?

I have two physical chemistry textbooks, one by Atkins and one by Levine, which seem to differ in their notation used when describing Raoult's law. Atkins talks about the molar fraction term in ...
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Finding identities of diatomics from Spectroscopy and Mass Spec Data

Let's say I have a sample of 2 (assumingly different) diatomics A and B. Through spectroscopy I found the data below: For molecule A: $$\begin{align} B&\approx2.17690\ \mathrm{cm^{−1}}\\ D&\...
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Relationship between auto-ignition temperature with pressure and fuel

Experimentally it appears that increase in pressure, fuel concentration, and chain length causes AIT to decrease until a minimum where even further increase in these parameters increases the AIT. ...
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Atkins' Physical Chemistry 10th edition Question on steady-state approximation

Please help me with Example 20E.2 of Atkins' Physical Chemistry 10th edition textbook on using the steady-state approximation. I have attached my attempt but am just not sure how to get to the final ...
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Computational modeling of steric repulsion between two polymer mediated magnetic Nanoparticle?

Can you recommend any modern article or research papers on steric interactions and forces between two or multiple magnetic nanoparticles with polymer brushes in a nonpolar solvents? something with ...
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Time until completion for $n$-th order reaction

For an $n$-th order reaction, how to determine the time until all the reactants run out? My approach is the following. The reaction kinetics is modeled by the differential equation $$\frac{\mathrm d[...
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How to verify if a rate law fits the experimental data?

A student after doing an experiment on chemical kinetics, decided that the rate law of the reaction is $u = k[\ce{IO3-}]$ which is correct, but do the data below match with this? Or does he have to ...
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Can anyone explain this condensation pattern?

What is the hair-like polymer that condenses on the caps of the plastic cell vial? Inside vial are cells in a mixture of FBS and DMSO. The vials were frozen slowly in a special isopropanol-filled ...
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Brillouin zones of a compound after structural relaxation

My background in solid-state chemistry isn't much, so I apologize in advance if there arises the need to raise a basic fact while answering my question. I've been learning mostly from the web, with my ...
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Is order of reaction defined for nuclear reactions?

I am asking this question after asking a similar one for spontaneous nuclear decay phy.stack. Link Order of reaction is defined for chemical reaction. But wikipedia says about spontaneous nuclear ...
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reaction between Green tea and sodium bicarbonate

There is a tea in northern Pakistan called noon chai or Kashmiri chai. It is distinct between it is a pink colour. The method involves brewing green tea leaves in cold water and adding sodium ...
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What are the disadvantages of using the InChI format?

What are the disadvantages (if any) in producing and using the InChI format of chemical compound representation in chemoinformatics? Are there any particular problem one can face when using InChI?
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Hammett plot shape: dependent on substituent or mechanism?

So, we were shown a Hammett plot that, on the left was linear, but on the right was concave up. How would I explain the shape of the Hammett plot? Does it depend on whether the substituent is an EDG ...
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Stability of unsaturated syn/anti 3-ladderane

In an oral exam for physical organic chemistry, one student was asked to explain the differences in the ionization potential ($IP$) of syn and anti tricyclo[$4.2.0.0^{2,5}$]octa-3,7-diene (unsaturated ...
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Computing van der Waals constants from molecular structure

How can van der Waals constants be computed from molecular structure? Is there software that already does this? Is there software that can design a molecule with specified van der Waals constants? ...
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Howcome orbitals become 'core-like' when electrons are removed?

It seems to me that f-orbitals for lanthanide metals are treated as 'core-like' when a certain number of electrons have been removed. Or, as Radiochemistry puts it, The 4f binding energy is so ...
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Negative numbers for ionic radii?

I was looking for a good table of ionic radii for an experiment on the van't-hoff factor when I stumbled upon R. D. Shannon, Acta Cryst. 1976, A32, 751. In table 1, it lists 1 of the ions of carbon ...
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Glycine nucleation simulations

I am trying to run nucleation simulations of glycine in water. To generate a supersaturated solution, a solution that will crystallize, I need to know the solubility. Luckily for me, this data exists. ...
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Do extreme homeopathic dilutions still retain quantities of the starting materials?

This Indian Institute of Technology Bombay press release quotes some research papers which claims to prove that homeopathic remedies do retain original substances even when diluted. The paper ...
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Oscillator strength of a transition

I am trying to compute the oscillator strength in a molecule. Therefore I've got its Energy level values plus both wave functions $\Psi_i$ and $\Psi_j$ for the transition I want to calculate the ...
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Calculating excitation energies of a molecule

I am trying to calculate the excitation energies for the first three transitions of a molecule which is made up by a chain of k phenyl rings, where k shall be between 1 and 8. The angle between each ...
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If dG is a state function, why do reversible and irreversible paths differ?

For a reversible process at constant T,P in a closed system with no non-expansion work dG = 0. For an irreversible process under the same conditions, dG < 0. Since dG is a state function I would ...
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Reverse rate coefficient for thermolecular and thermal dissociation reactions

I am an astrophysicist working in exoplanetary atmosphere chemistry right now, in particular modelling the chemical kinetics taking place within the atmosphere. Based on this IOP article, we have that ...
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Calculate work done by burning benzoic acid exposed to the free air

I'm self-studying and can't solve this problem in Ball's Physical Chemistry. Now, the errata shows that the answer in the book is not correct; still, I can not make sense of it. $(2.55)$ Benzoic ...
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Is this a viable method for graphene production?

In a cup of warm water add sugar until it no longer dissolves then add a few spoonfuls more of sugar. Drop in a small amount of graphite powder into the sugar water mixture. Stir it up well. There ...