The orbit with the highest energy level of the occupied electron is called the highest occupied molecular orbit, and is represented by HOMO. The orbit with the lowest energy level of the unoccupied electrons is called the lowest unoccupied molecular orbit and is denoted by LUMO. HOMO and LUMO are collectively referred to as the front-line orbit, and the electrons on the front-line orbit are called the front-line electrons.
IP usually refers to the first ionization potential, which is the energy change (also called ionization energy) when a neutral atom or molecule in a gaseous state loses an electron and becomes a +1 valence ion. There are two types of ionization potential: Vertical ionization potential (VIP) and adiabatic ionization potential (AIP). IP can be defined as:
IP = E[N-1]-E[N]
Where E[N-1] is the electron energy in the ground state of a +1 valence ion, E[N]) is the electron energy in the ground state of a neutral atom or molecule, and N is the total number of electrons in the system. When the ionization potential value is positive, it indicates that the neutral molecule loses an electron and needs to absorb energy.
Figure 1. Frontier molecular orbitals of ImTPh. (Masoome,S.; et al. 2014)
EA refers to the first affinity, which is the energy change when a neutral atom or molecule in a gaseous state gets an electron and becomes a -1 valence ion. There are also two kinds of affinity: Vertical electron affinity (VEA) and adiabatic electron affinity (AEA). EA is defined as:
EA = E[N]-E[N+1]
Where E[N+1] is the electron energy in the ground state of -1 valent ion, E[N] is the electron energy in the ground state of a neutral atom or molecule, and N is the total number of electrons in the system. When the affinity value is positive, it indicates that the neutral molecule will release energy when it gains an electron.
The redox potential reflects the macroscopic redox performance of all substances in the aqueous solution. The higher the redox potential, the stronger the oxidation. The lower the redox potential, the stronger the reduction. A positive potential means that the solution shows a certain degree of oxidation, and a negative potential means that the solution shows a certain degree of reducibility. Calculating the redox potential of chemicals plays an essential role in understanding and predicting the electrochemistry of the chemical reaction.
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We apply self-consistent field calculation using Hartree Fock approximation to perform HOMO/LUMO-level calculation:
1. First, diagonalize the Hamiltonian under the average field approximation to obtain a series of energy levels and corresponding molecular orbitals.
2. Then, fill the electrons of the system from the lowest energy level (the Hartree Fock ground state) upwards.
3. Finally, the highest occupied molecular orbital and the lowest non-occupied molecular orbital can be obtained.
At Alfa Chemistry, we have developed a mature process for the calculation of VIP, AIP, VEA and AEA.
1) First, optimize the structure of the neutral molecule.
2) Based on the neutral molecular structure, the same basis used in density functional theory (DFT) method is used to calculate the single-point energy of +1 valent ions (for calculating VIP) or -1 valent ions (for calculating VEA).
3) The energy is subtracted according to the formula of IP or EA.
1) First, optimize the structure of the neutral molecule.
2) Optimize the structure of the neutral molecule and the corresponding +1-valent ion (for calculating AIP) or -1 valent ion (for calculating AEA).
3) Perform frequency analysis.
Figure 2. The variation of ionization potential (IP) and electron affinity (EA) with respect to thickness is shown for surface unit cells with and without pseudohydrogens (-wPH). (Gupta, S. S.; et al. 2019)
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