Department of Chemistry and Materials Science

Inorganic Materials Modelling

We investigate the structures and properties of inorganic materials using quantum chemical computational methods. One of the main goals is to discover novel functional materials for improving energy efficiency.
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Our research areas:

  1. Thermoelectric materials for improving energy efficiency

  2. New materials based on main group elements

  3. Virtual and extended reality in chemical education (

1. Thermoelectric materials for improving energy efficiency

The aim of our computational studies is to discover new inorganic materials for improving energy efficiency via thermoelectric applications (direct conversion of waste heat to electricity). Our current research focuses on transition metal oxides and sulfides, oxide-organic superlattices, and semiconducting group 14 clathrates. The computational work is conducted in close collaboration with the Inorganic Materials Chemistry group of Prof. Maarit Karppinen.

  • Linnera, J.; Karttunen, A. J., Lattice dynamical properties of antiferromagnetic MnO, CoO, and NiO, and the lattice thermal conductivity of NiO, Phys. Rev. B., 2019, 100, 144307 (DOI).
  • Karttunen, A. J.; Tynell, T.; Karppinen. M., Layer-by-Layer Design of Nanostructured Thermoelectrics: First-Principles Study of ZnO:Organic Superlattices Fabricated by ALD/MLD, Nano Energy 201622, 338–348 (DOI).

2. New materials based on main group elements

New allotropes of main group elements are exciting both from the point of view of fundamental chemistry and prospective applications (for example, graphene and phosphorene). Within this topic we are collaborating closely with Prof. Thomas Fässler at Technical University of Munich and Dr. Lorenzo Maschio at University of Turin.

Another focus area within this topic is novel fluorine-based materials, which are being synthetized at the group of Prof. Florian Kraus (Philipps-Universität Marburg).

  • Ivlev, S. I.; Karttunen, A. J.; Buchner, M.; Conrad, M.; Kraus, F., The Interhalogen Cations [Br2F5]+ and [Br3F8]+Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 14640–14644. (DOI).
  • Karttunen, A J.; Usvyat, D.; Schütz, M.; Maschio, L., Dispersion Interactions in Silicon Allotropes, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 201719, 7699–7707 (DOI).
  • Schiegerl, L. J.; Karttunen, A. J.; Klein, W.; Fässler, T. F. Silicon Clusters with Six and Seven Unsubstituted Vertices via a Two-step Reaction from Elemental Silicon, Chem. Sci. 2019, 10, 9130–9139 (DOI).

3. Photophysics and structural chemistry of organometallic luminophores

Efficient luminophores possess high application potential in areas such as electroluminescent devices, bioimaging, and nonlinear optical technologies. Our work in this area is based on a long-standing collaboration with the group of Prof. Igor Koshevoy at the University of Eastern Finland.

  • Shakirova, J. R.; Grachova, E. V.; Gurzhiy, V. V.; Thangaraj, S.; Jänis, J.; Karttunen, A. J.; Tunik, S. P.; Koshevoy, I. O., Heterometallic cluster-capped tetrahedral assemblies with postsynthetic modification of the metal cores, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 14154–14158. (DOI).
  • Belyaev, A.; Cheng, Y.-H.;Liu, Z.-L.; Karttunen, A. J.; Chou, P.-T.; Koshevoy, I. O., A Facile Molecular Machine: Optically Triggered Counterion Migration via Charge Transfer of Linear D-π-A Phosphonium Fluorophores, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 13456–13465 (DOI).

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Latest publications:

Reactions of ThX4 (X=F, Cl, Br, I) with Liquid Ammonia-Crystal Structures and a Theoretical Study of Ammine Thorium(IV) Halide Ammoniates

H. Lars Deubner, Tim Graubner, Florian Weigend, Antti J. Karttunen, Florian Kraus 2021 European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry

Formation of hairy cellulose nanocrystals by cryogrinding

Fatma Mahrous, Roya Koshani, Mandana Tavakolian, Kevin Conley, Theo G.M. van de Ven 2021 Cellulose

Na3SO4H—The First Representative of the Material Class of Sulfate Hydrides

Alexander Mutschke, Guy M. Bernard, Marko Bertmer, Antti J. Karttunen, Clemens Ritter, Vladimir K. Michaelis, Nathalie Kunkel 2021 Angewandte Chemie - International Edition

Emergence of Metallic Conductivity in Ordered One-Dimensional Coordination Polymer Thin Films upon Reductive Doping

Mikko Nisula, Antti J. Karttunen, Eduardo Solano, Girish C. Tewari, Maarit Karppinen, Matthias Minjauw, Himanshu Sekhar Jena, Pascal Van Der Voort, Dirk Poelman, Christophe Detavernier 2021 ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

Aliovalent substitution in phosphide-based materials – Crystal structures of Na10AlTaP6 and Na3GaP2 featuring edge-sharing EP4 tetrahedra (E=Al/Ta and Ga)

Tassilo M. F. Restle, Sabine Zeitz, Jan Meyer, Wilhelm Klein, Gabriele Raudaschl-Sieber, Antti J. Karttunen, Thomas F. Fässler 2021 Zeitschrift fur Anorganische und Allgemeine Chemie

Reactions of ClF3 with Main Group and Transition Metal Oxides : Access to Dioxychloronium(V) Fluoridometallates and Oxidofluoridometallates

Benjamin Scheibe, Antti J. Karttunen, Florian Kraus 2021 European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry

Electromagnetic response of nanoparticles with a metallic core and a semiconductor shell

Fahime Seyedheydari, Kevin M. Conley, Vaibhav Thakore, Mikko Karttunen, Ari Sihvola, Tapio Ala-Nissila 2021 Journal of Physics Communications

A Comprehensive Study on the Full Series of Alkali-Metal Selenocyanates AI[SeCN] (AI=Li−Cs)

Alena Shlyaykher, Marvin Ehmann, Antti J. Karttunen, Frank Tambornino 2021 Chemistry - A European Journal

Photochemical Synthesis of Tungsten Pentafluoride, WF5

Riane Stene, Benjamin Scheibe, Sergei I. Ivlev, Antti J. Karttunen, Winfried Petry, Florian Kraus 2021 Zeitschrift fur Anorganische und Allgemeine Chemie
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