Stephan Irle

Quantum Chemistry Group
Institut for Advanced Research, 3rd floor, room 311 (map)
Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science
Nagoya University
Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku
Nagoya, 464-8601

E-Mail: sirle[at]
Tel.: +81 (052) 747-6397
Fax: +81 (052) 788-6151

Brief Biography

Stephan Irle has performed research in quantum chemistry and computational nanomaterials simulations in Germany, Austria, the United States, and Japan. He has become a specialist in the rapidly growing area of quantum chemical molecular dynamics (QM/MD) simulations of complex chemical reaction systems. The study of emergent self-assembly and erosion processes comprises a major part of his research. They are accompanied by complementary studies of chemical reactions and molecular properties, and the development of methodologies for QM/MD simulations. His group is now expanding the application of these methods to the field of excited state chemistry of large molecules, ionic liquids simulations, and transition metal cluster compounds.

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List of major presentations

Key publications (old but still interesting)

S. Irle, G. Zheng, Z. Wang, and K. Morokuma, "The C60 Formation Puzzle "Solved": QM/MD Simulations Reveal the Shrinking Hot Giant Road of the Dynamic Fullerene Self-Assembly Mechanism", feature article in J. Phys. Chem. B 110, 14531-14545 (2006).

Featured in Philip Ball, "C60: some assembly required", Nature materials science and nanotechnology Nanozone, August 10, 2006.

G. Zheng, Z. Wang, S. Irle, and K. Morokuma, The Origin of Linear Relationship Between CH2/NH/O-SWNT Reaction Energies and Sidewall Curvature: Armchair Nanotubes, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 127, 10533-10538 (2006).
G. Zheng, S. Irle, and K. Morokuma, "Fe/C Interactions During SWNT Growth with C2 Feedstock Molecules: A Quantum Chemical Molecular Dynamics Study", J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol. 6(5), 1259-1270 (2006).
S. Irle, Z. Wang, G. Zheng, K. Morokuma, and M. Kusunoki, "Theory and Experiment Agree: SWNT Caps Grow Catalyst-Free with Chirality Preference on a SiC Surface", J. Chem. Phys. 125, 044702/1-044702/5 (2006).

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