SOLAR: New Materials Search for Solar Energy Conversion to Fuels

  • Menon, Madhusudan (PI)

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Electronic structure calculations will be performed using the first principles density functional theory (DFT) based on the local density approximation (LDA) and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The LDA/GGA formalism, however, suffers from the well-known "gap problem". This is a serious drawback since the reliability of the optical calculations depends on the accurate determination of electronic band states. An extension of the LDA/GGA method that has been found to correct this band-gap problem is the LDA/GGA + U method, where the Hubbard paramater (U) is an on-site Coulomb repulsion parameter that incorporates part of the electron correlation absent in LDA/GGA. With an appropriate choice of U, the LDA/GGA + U method can reproduce the electronic energy band accurately.
Effective start/end date9/15/118/31/15


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