Gino DiLabio

BSc, MSc Carleton University (Ottawa)
PhD Clarkson University (Potsdam, New York)

Dr. Gino DiLabio‚Ä®
Associate Professor and Head
Room 357, Fipke Centre for Innovative Research
Department of Chemistry‚Ä®
University of British Columbia Okanagan
3247 University Way
Kelowna, British Columbia

Tel : 250 807 8617
Fax: 250 807 8005

Research Interests

Noncovalent Interactions in Chemistry and Physics

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Noncovalent interactions play a central role in determining structure and reactivity throughout chemistry and physics. Our group develops and applies computational methods to understand this role. We are also currently editing a book entitled "Noncovalent interactions in quantum chemistry and physics: Theory and application", which we expect to be published by Elsevier in early 2017. The book features contributions from some of the world-leading researchers in the field.

Our most recent research work in this area focussed on the development of very computationally efficient methods, based on effective core potentials, that allow us to model large systems of biochemical relevance, like proteins and enzymes.

Radicals in Chemistry and Physics

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We are using computational chemistry techniques to study a wide variety of radical systems in chemistry, biochemistry and physics. Our current research focusses on quantum effects in enzymes that mediate radical rearrangement processes and on the potential for non-redox metal cations to act as a chemoprotective against radical damage through hydrogen atom transfer reactions. We are also working with device engineers to understand how radical species can be used in nanoscale molecular junction devices.

DiLabio Group (2016)

Group 2016

Pictured (left-to-right): Dr. Alberto Otero de la Roza, Hossein Khalilian, Jake Holmes, Jeff van Santen, Gino DiLabio, and Viki Prasad Kumar.

Selected Publications

Otero-de-la-Roza, A.; DiLabio, G. A.; Johnson, E. R. Exchange-correlation effects for non-covalent interactions in density-functional theory. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation 2016, 12, 3160-3175.

Otero-de-la-Roza, A.; Johnson, E. R.; DiLabio, G. A. Noncovalent interactions in density-functional theory. Reviews in Computational Chemistry, Eds. Abby L. Parrill and Kenny B. Lipkowitz, 2016, 29, Chapter 1, 1-19.

van Santen, J. A.; DiLabio, G. A. Dispersion Corrections Improve the Accuracy of Both Noncovalent and Covalent Interactions Energies Predicted by a Density-Functional Theory Approximation. Journal of Physical Chemistry A 2015, 119, 6703-6713.

Otero-de-la-Roza, A.; Johnson, E. R.; DiLabio, G. A. Halogen bonding from dispersion-corrected density-functional theory: the role of delocalization error. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation 2014, 10, 5436-5447.

DiLabio, G. A.; Wolkow, R. A.; Pitters, J. L.; Piva, P. G. Method for controlling quantum dot device by perturbing dangling bond electronic states. US Patent 9,213,945, Published 2015/12/15.

DiLabio, G. A.; Mackie, I.; Dettman, H. D. Asphaltene components as organic electronic materials. US Patent 9,065,059; Published 2015/6/23.

A full list of publications can be found here.



Last reviewed shim31/10/2016

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