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Solvation effects have a decisive influence on mechanisms and rates of chemical reactions in solution. Therefore, their accurate modeling is of central importance in computational quantum mechanical investigations of chemical reactions, especially for catalytic reactions in solution like hydrogen production, CO2 conversion, biomass conversion, electrocatalysis, and processes in fuel cells.

The goal of the project is to develop and apply a novel accurate, yet efficient computational model of solvent effects which reflects the atomistic structure of the solvent. This challenging problem will be tackled with an interdisciplinary approach, combining expertise from quantum chemistry, computa­tional materials science, and computer science of the project partners TU München (Scientific Computing, Catalysis Research Center) and Northwestern University (Chemistry Department). A hybrid approach will be implemented that combines a quantum-mechanical description of the solute with a direct statistical microscopic description of a molecular solvent. The structure of the solvent will be determined via the Born-Green-Yvon (BGY) hierarchy of integral equations for solvent (pair) distribution densities. Structural properties of the solute, essential for modeling reactions in solution in the ground and excited states, will be determined in this way. The high-performance computing demands of the method will be tackled by efficient numerical and scalable parallel algorithms.

This new model of solvation will supersede state-of-the-art continuum sol­vation models and will be more cost effective than models that rely on dynamic simulations with quantum mechanical forces. The capabilities of this novel computa­tional strategy will be showcased for catalytic processes at metal nano­particles in solution, including photocatalytic production of hydrogen from water and electrochemistry, as well as on actinide com­plexation chemistry in solutions of finite ionic strength.

IGSSE setup of interdisciplinary research in project teams

Apply now: 12th call for proposals

IGSSE supports up to 10 new project teams

Call closes 2 July 2017


Apply now: IGSSE travel grant for ICCE 2017

28-29 September 2017, TU Darmstadt

Submission deadline for abstracts: 18 June 2017


IGSSE Forum 2017

29-31 May 2017, TUM Science and Study Center Raitenhaslach, Burghausen


Climate-KIC: Join the PhD Catapult

Two-week thematic summer schools across Europe


IAS Symposium: Selected topics in science and technology

8-10 May 2017, IAS Building, Garching Campus


IAS Coffee Talk with PTL Florian Praetorius

3 May 2017, 1 pm, TUM IAS Building, Garching Campus


10th IGSSE Forum

1 - 4 June 2016, TUM Science and Study Center, Burghausen


10th IGSSE Forum

Smart cooperation - science and technology in, with and for society


The Science of Cooking

Doctoral Candidates explore the Secrets of a great Dinner



Having heard of a great Canadian Kick-Off Meeting, everyone at IGSSE was thrilled to welcome the...


Breakfast at IGSSE´s

Meet the IGSSE team every other month! All the things IGSSE members wanted to asked but never dared...


Save the Date: Canadian ATUMS Speaker on "Global Science- Global Career"

26. November 2015, 6-8 pm, IAS Faculty Club, Garching Campus

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Friday, 09. June 2017
Workshop: Standing up for science
9 June 2017, 9am-4pm, Brussels
Apply now: McKinsey 'Forschergeist' symposium
9-11 June 2017, Berlin For doctoral researchers and postdocs!