Cyber Experiments Yield Chemistry Nobel
Three U.S.-based scientists won this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry today for developing powerful computer models that others can use to understand complex chemical interactions and create new drugs.
Research in the 1970s by Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel has helped scientists develop programs that unveil chemical processes such as the purification of exhaust fumes or photosynthesis in green leaves, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences says. That kind of knowledge makes it possible to optimize catalysts for cars or design drugs and solar cells.
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