DFT of organic molecules on Silicon and related surfaces
Lead PI:Prof. John Boland
Abstract:We consider the reaction of 1,3-cyclohexadiene (1,3-CHD) on Si(100) and show that the observed reactivity and stereoselectivity cannot be explained on the basis of thermodynamics. We postulate the existence of secondary orbital interactions (SOIs) and introduce a simple algorithm that examines all possible secondary interactions between the frontier orbitals of the molecule and the surface. In this manner, we demonstrate that SOIs favor a particular molecular configuration, consistent with the experimental observations.