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Title: Multireference Ab Initio Study of Ligand Field d–d Transitions in Octahedral Transition-Metal Oxide Clusters

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  1. Argonne−Northwestern Solar Energy Research (ANSER) Center, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois 60208-3113, United States
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Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) (United States). Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research Center (ANSER)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Journal of Physical Chemistry. C; Journal Volume: 118; Journal Issue: 50; Related Information: ANSER partners with Northwestern University (lead); Argonne National Laboratory; University of Chicago; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Yale University
Country of Publication:
United States
catalysis (homogeneous), catalysis (heterogeneous), solar (photovoltaic), solar (fuels), photosynthesis (natural and artificial), bio-inspired, hydrogen and fuel cells, electrodes - solar, defects, charge transport, spin dynamics, membrane, materials and chemistry by design, optics, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly)

Citation Formats

Yang, Yang, Ratner, Mark A., and Schatz, George C. Multireference Ab Initio Study of Ligand Field d–d Transitions in Octahedral Transition-Metal Oxide Clusters. United States: N. p., 2014. Web. doi:10.1021/jp5052672.
Yang, Yang, Ratner, Mark A., & Schatz, George C. Multireference Ab Initio Study of Ligand Field d–d Transitions in Octahedral Transition-Metal Oxide Clusters. United States. doi:10.1021/jp5052672.
Yang, Yang, Ratner, Mark A., and Schatz, George C. Tue . "Multireference Ab Initio Study of Ligand Field d–d Transitions in Octahedral Transition-Metal Oxide Clusters". United States. doi:10.1021/jp5052672.
title = {Multireference Ab Initio Study of Ligand Field d–d Transitions in Octahedral Transition-Metal Oxide Clusters},
author = {Yang, Yang and Ratner, Mark A. and Schatz, George C.},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1021/jp5052672},
journal = {Journal of Physical Chemistry. C},
number = 50,
volume = 118,
place = {United States},
year = {Tue Jul 15 00:00:00 EDT 2014},
month = {Tue Jul 15 00:00:00 EDT 2014}
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