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Breneman, Curt M. Department of Chemistry, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.
Sukumar, N Department of Chemistry, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.
- Molecular representation
- Transferable atom equivalents
- Correlative modeling
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Chemistry has seen many advances in a relatively short time, driven by scientists who wove seemingly unrelated observations into coherent theorems that explained molecular behavior. Before 1860, the empirical formula for water (H2O) was thought to be OH, and virtually nothing was known about the structure of organic compounds except that they were composed mostly of carbon and hydrogen. In the intervening years, a great deal of thought was devoted to developing an understanding of molecular behavior, and the results of that work are remarkable. Only a few decades ago, it was common knowledge that no microscope would ever allow human eyes to “see” a molecule. But now we are able to view (and even arrange) individual atoms using the modern techniques of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM).
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