Posts Tagged ‘metal catalysts’

Dial a molecule: Can new reactions be designed by computer?

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

One future vision for chemistry over the next 20 years or so is the concept of having machines into which one dials a molecule, and as if by magic, the required specimen is ejected some time later. This is in some ways an extrapolation of the existing peptide and nucleotide synthesizer technologies and sciences. A pretty significant extrapolation, suitable no doubt for a grand future challenge in chemistry (although the concept of tumbling a defined collection of atoms in a computer model and seeing what interesting molecules emerge, dubbed with some sense of humour as mindless chemistry, is already being done; see DOI: 10.1021/jp057107z).