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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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In rovibrational spectra, when exactly is the Q branch forbidden?

I'm aware that the Q branch ($\Delta j = 0$) is usually not observed in rotational-vibrational spectra of diatomic molecules in the gas state, however, I've heard different things about when exactly ...
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What is the largest coupled cluster calculation that has ever been done (as of March 2019)?

I am doing some research and trying to make sure the numbers I am reporting are accurate. I found that the paper by Sylvetsky et. al. says:[1] We were, however, able to complete a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What are the limitations of the Born-Lande' equation?

The Born-Lande' equation is used to theoretically calculate the lattice energy, $\Delta U$, of ionic compounds. It is often cited as such in literature, $$\Delta U = -\frac{k_Az_1z_2Me^2}{4 \pi \...
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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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Will the sulfur-iodine cycle and Haber Method work at lower pressures and temperatures?

I have a year-long research project next year in my senior year of high school, in which we have to make some product or prototype to solve some issue. My interest was in the Liquid Fluoride ...
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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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The open circuit voltage of a battery: Does it decrease with increase in pH of electrolyte while the voltage across a load increase?

Why does the open circuit voltage of a battery decrease with increase in $\mathrm{pH}$ of electrolyte, but the voltage across a load increase? I tested a cell which had aluminum sulfate as its anode ...
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Hund's rule for comparing term symbol energies in excited state

This question was asked in an exam: The lowest energy electronic state for excited state carbon atom is, a. $^1D_2$ b. $^3D_1$ c. $^3D_3$ d. $^3D_2$ Although we have been taught Hund's rule for ...
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How to model CRISPR/Cas9 binding and cleavage using a generalized Kittel's zipper model?

I am thinking about how to model the binding of a CRISPR/Cas9+guide-RNA complex to a double-stranded DNA that cause its cleavage. This post describes four steps at which a CRISPR/Cas9 system binds and ...
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Approximating entropy change in a reaction using Arrhenius equation

Recently my teacher finished teaching the chapter Chemical kinetics in which I have gone through Arrhenius equation.Can we estimate the change in entropy using it? I have done my calculation, ...
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Mulliken Spin Density

I would like to know if a Mulliken population analysis to calculate spin densities is in general a valid choice. I see that it is made use of, for example here1. So up to-date researches apparently ...
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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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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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Beer's law: UV-Vis absorbance values exceeding 2

In classical analytical chemistry, absorbance values in Beer's law can theoretically range from 0 to infinity. As general rule of thumb neither high, nor very low absorbance are used for ...
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Mathematical models of oscillatory chemical reactions

I am a mathematician working on real-life models in ordinary differential equations. I want to know if there are any models of oscillatory chemical reactions that consist of three ordinary ...
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Is the formation of nitrogen dioxide spontaneous?

I was studying Thermodynamics from my Chemistry textbook (page 181-182, section 6.6 (a)). I have a question regarding the following text from my book. Now let us examine the following reactions: $$\...
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Aren't electrophilic addition reactions of alkenes also nucleophilic addition reactions?

And if they are nucleophilic substitution reactions as well, then why do we not call them "electrophilic and nucleophilic addition reactions of alkenes"? Consider the reaction between ethene ...
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Why is there preferential adsorption of a common ion during preparation of colloids by peptization?

There was a similar question asked here on Chem SE, but the answer was not very satisfactory to me, so I am asking a fresh question. Peptization is the process of creating a colloid from a precipitate ...
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Statistical entropy of perfect gas and indistinguishability

The weight, $W$ (the same $W$ as in Boltzmann formula $S=k\text{ln}W$) of a configuration {$N_0, N_1, N_2$, ...} is given by $$W=\frac{N!}{N_A!N_B!N_C!...} \tag{1}$$ where $N$ is the total number of ...
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Splitting of atomic orbitals due to Stark effect

I am performing graduate level research on ZEKE Photoelectron Spectroscopy and central to this form of spectroscopy is Rydberg states and the Stark effect. The Stark effect is caused by an electric ...
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Does π values vary in Hansch-Fujita equations for a given substituent?

I was reading about Hansch-Fujita equations from Hansch-Fujita paramaters and observed that the $π$ values of substituents (analogous to Hammet $σ$ values) change according to the specific environment ...
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How do bonds rotate in pericyclic reactions?

In Pericyclic reactions, it is shown that the terminal bonds rotate (conrotation or disrotation) to allow for allignment of the FMO's, thereby forming the sigma bond However, a detail that most of my ...
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Stress-Strain Graph Under Uniaxial and Biaxial Strain

I was going through a recently published journal paper by ACS (Applied Nano Materials) about gas separation using nanoporous Graphene. DOI No. - https://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsanm.0c02340 Supporting ...
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How is the Born-Lande equation modified when the structure is not NaCl?

Often the Born-Lande equation is quoted (alongwith the calculation of the Madelung constant and Born exponent) with reference to rock-salt structure. But what if we take some other crystal, like ...
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Helmholtz double layer

I don't quite understand what is meant by the Helmholtz double layer. Textbooks states something along the lines of: the colloidal particles attain charge by selective adsorption, due to this it ...
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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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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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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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Effect of temperature and pressure on structure of solids

What is the effect of these conditions on the structure of solids? My book has the answer that confuses me. I got nothing about it. Can you please explain? The answer of the book is With the ...
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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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Analysis of metal carbonyl bonding in Fe(CO)5 using molecular orbitals

I am really struggling with this question we have been set in class: Metal-carbonyl bonding: Conceptionally, one can build up $\ce{[Fe(CO)5]}$ from the $\ce{Fe(CO)4}$ fragment plus free $\ce{CO}$ in ...
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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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How exactly thermal infrared (e.g. FLIR) cameras image methane leaks? Are they measuring a temperature difference or an emissivity difference or...?

The story Infrared camera shows the impact of vehicle emissions says: In an effort to visually demonstrate the potentially fatal impacts of air pollution, FLIR Systems (Wilsonville, OR, USA; www.flir....
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Why does the factor of ⅔ come in when we calculate net flux due to diffusion for an ideal gas

As per Atkins' Physical Chemistry (11E) Pg:694. We arrive at a crude estimate for the net flux through an imaginary flux plane. We find it to be $$J_{z}=-\frac{1}{2}v_{mean}\lambda(\frac{d\mathcal{N}}{...
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Why is there a large increase in volume when an alkali metal is dissolved in liquid ammonia?

My teacher said unexplainedly that when alkali metals dissolves in liquid ammonia, there is a large increase in the volume. I found a paper that confirms this fact [1]: In the course of recent ...
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Why is supersaturated sodium acetate so (meta)stable?

Sodium acetate is a common example used in general chemistry lectures to illustrate the idea of supersaturation, and that precipitation of a supersaturated solution can be initiated by a seed crystal. ...
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Dominant factors rendering very low solubility of large aromatic molecules

In terms of structural basis, alkanes are insoluble or immiscible in water because of such presence of C–H...O interactions that are in regime of van der Waals interaction, which tends to be regarded ...
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Regarding Ellingham diagrams

In my textbook, the following information is given about Ellingham diagram: The interpretation of $\ce{\Delta_rG^\circ}$ is based on ${K}$ ($\ce{\Delta G^\circ = -RTlnK}$). Thus it is presumed that ...
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Lindemann–Hinshelwood mechanism for a gas reaction

The effective rate constant for a gaseous reaction which proceeds by a Lindemann–Hinshelwood mechanism is $\pu{1.01E-5 s^-1}$ at a concentration of $\pu{4.6E-6 M}$ and $\pu{2.21E-5 s^-1}$ at a ...
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Why is ruthenium dioxide a conductor while titanium dioxide is an insulator?

Ruthenium dioxide has the same crystal structure as rutile (titanium dioxide), and the metal atoms are in the same oxidation state. Yet ruthenium dioxide is a metal-like conductor (its resistivity is ...
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How to read character table?

I am having some problems reading character table. I will describe what I understand and thought to be right. Consider the $\pi$ MOs formed from overlap of p-orbitals in benzene. These two degenerate $...
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Symmetry Adapted molecular orbitals of Formaldehyde

I am currently trying to find the Symmetry Adapted linear Combinations (SALCs) of Formaldehyde $\ce{H2C=O}$, and use the 1s orbitals on the hydrogen atoms, and 2s, 2px, 2py and 2pz orbitals on the ...
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Molecular orbital diagram for I₃⁺ cation

Do I need to go through the whole process of reducible representations/projection operator method to come up with the bent SALCs for the $\ce{[I3]+}$ molecule? Or is it simpler than that?
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Has a concept of temperature ever been defined in the context of a single atom?

I wonder if this answer to What would happen if we supercool and then superheat an atom very abruptly? goes far enough. I almost wrote the comment: I don't think we can even talk about the ...
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Tight binding model with Extended Huckel Approximation

I've been reading Albright's Orbital Interactions in Chemistry. In the chapter on solids, he provided a general approach to find the band structure of a solid state system Now if we are to model a ...
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