Concepts and Methods in Modern Theoretical Chemistry: Electronic Structure and Reactivity, the first book in a two-volume set, focuses on the structure and reactivity of systems and phenomena. A new addition to the series Atoms, Molecules, and Clusters, this book offers chapters written by experts in their fields. It enables readers to learn how concepts from ab initio quantum chemistry and density functional theory (DFT) can be used to describe, understand, and predict electronic structure and chemical reactivity.
This book covers a wide range of subjects, including discussions on the following topics:
- DFT, particularly the functional and conceptual aspects
- Excited states, molecular electrostatic potentials, and intermolecular interactions
- General theoretical aspects and application to molecules
- Clusters and solids, electronic stress, and electron affinity difference
- The information theory and the virial theorem
- New periodic tables
- The role of the ionization potential
Although most of the chapters are written at a level that is accessible to a senior graduate student, experienced researchers will also find interesting new insights in these experts’ perspectives. This comprehensive book provides an invaluable resource toward understanding the whole gamut of atoms, molecules, and clusters.
Table of Contents
Kinetic Energy Functionals of Electron Density and Pair Density. Quantum Adiabatic Switching and Supersymmetric Approach to Excited States of Nonlinear Oscillators. Isomorphic Local Hardness and Possible Local Version of Hard–Soft Acids–Bases Principle. Quantum Chemistry of Highly Symmetrical Molecules and Free-Space Clusters, Plus Almost Spherical Cages of C and B Atoms. Energy Functionals for Excited States. Benchmark Studies of Spectroscopic Parameters for Hydrogen Halide Series via Scalar Relativistic State-Specific Multireference Perturbation Theory. Local Virial Theorem for Ensembles of Excited States. Information-Theoretic Probes of Chemical Bonds. Molecular Electrostatic Potentials: Some Observations. Extending the Domain of Application of Constrained Density Functional Theory to Large . Molecular Systems. Spin and Orbital Physics of Alkali Superoxides: p-Band Orbital Ordering. Electronic Stress with Spin Vorticity. Single Determinantal Approximations: Hartree–Fock, Optimized Effective Potential Theory, Density Functional Theory. Analysis of Generalized Gradient Approximation for Exchange Energy. Intermolecular Interactions through Energy Decomposition: A Chemist’s Perspective. Perfectly Periodic Table of Elements in Nonrelativistic Limit of Large Atomic Number. Quantum Similarity. Electronic Excitation Energies of Molecular Systems from the Bethe–Salpeter Equation: Example of the H2 Molecule. Semiquantitative Aspects of Density-Based Descriptors and Molecular Interactions: A More Generalized Local Hard–Soft Acid–Base Principle. First-Principles Design of Complex Chemical Hydrides as Hydrogen Storage Materials. The Parameter I – A in Electronic Structure Theory. Uncertainty and Entropy Properties for Coulomb and Simple Harmonic Potentials Modified by ar2/1+br2.
Swapan Kumar Ghosh earned a B.S. (Honors) and an M.S. from the University of Burdwan, Bardhaman, India, and a Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He did postdoctoral research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Ghosh is currently a senior scientist with the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai, India, and head of its theoretical chemistry section. He is also a senior professor and dean-academic (Chemical Sciences, BARC) of the Homi Bhabha National Institute, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), India, and an adjunct professor with the University of Mumbai–DAE Centre of Excellence in Basic Sciences, India. Dr. Ghosh’s research interests are theoretical chemistry, computational materials science, and soft condensed matter physics.
Pratim Kumar Chattaraj earned a B.S. (Honors) and an M.S. from Burdwan University and a Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, and then joined the faculty of the IIT, Kharagpur. He is now a professor with the Department of Chemistry and also the convener of the Center for Theoretical Studies there. He visited the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, as a postdoctoral research associate and several other universities throughout the world as a visiting professor. Apart from teaching, Professor Chattaraj is involved in research on density functional theory, the theory of chemical reactivity, aromaticity in metal clusters, ab initio calculations, quantum trajectories, and nonlinear dynamics. He has been invited to deliver special lectures at several international conferences and to contribute chapters to many edited volumes.