Treatment of nuclear quantum effects in the investigation of the dynamics of elementary chemical reactions with quasiclassical trajectory simulations
Description of the research topic
No routinely applicable methods exist for the experimental investigation and the exact quantum mechanical simulation of elementary chemical reactions between reactants in given electronic-vibrational-rotational states for systems beyond 2+2 atoms. Whereas the classical simulation of the nuclear dynamics is feasible for molecules practically of any size if the forces acting among the nuclei can be calculated sufficiently quickly. However, in most elementary reactions some nuclear quantum effects, such as the quantized nature of rovibrational energies  and tunneling , etc play an important role. The aim of the proposed research is to develop novel methods for the treatment of quantum effects in quasiclassical trajectory simulations and/or to apply them in the investigation of the dynamics and the kinetics of elementary reactions.
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Thesis supervisor: Tibor Nagy
Required language skills: English
linux shell scripting and Fotran programming knowledge is beneficial, but not necessary
How to Apply?
If you are interested apply here: [PhD] György Hevesy Doctoral School of Chemistry – Eötvös Loránd University (elte.hu)
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Funded: Not Funded
Master Degree: Required
Duration: 4 Years
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Starting Date: 06 September 2021
Deadline to Apply: 31 May 2021
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