I just gave my first public presentation of our work on our Open Force Field effort, “Toward more accurate force fields through direct chemical perception: How to get rid of wizards“, at the American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco. This is work I’m very excited about, in terms of how it can advance the field and force field science. [More…]
Lab news and events:
Congratulations to graduate student Caitlin C. Bannan, who recently won the Penny J. Gilmer Grant for Women Graduate Students and Post-docs from OpenEye Scientific Software, AND the WCC Merck Research Award from the American Chemical Society!
We had about 20 middle school girls visit the lab on December 8 to learn about computational chemistry and intermolecular interactions as part of the Laboratory Experiments and Activities in the Physical Sciences (LEAPS) program at UCI, sponsored in part by our NSF CAREER award. [More…]
Interested in developing and applying new methods relating to free energy calculations? I have a postdoc position which just opened up in this area, working with OpenMM to advance binding free energy techniques and apply/validate them on problems relating to drug discovery. This is an NIH-funded project (1R01GM108889-01) and interfaces closely with other work going on in the group and elsewhere. [More…]
Guilherme Duarte Ramos Matos, Daisy Y. Kyu, Hannes H. Loeffler, John D. Chodera, Michael R. Shirts, David L. Mobley
Solvation free energies can now be calculated precisely from molecular simulations, providing a valuable test of the energy functions underlying these simulations. Here, we briefly review “alchemical” approaches for calculating the solvation free energies of small, neutral organic molecules from molecular simulations, and illustrate by applying them to calculate aqueous solvation free energies (hydration free energies). [More…]
The special issue of JCAMD on the SAMPL5 distribution coefficient prediction challenge is out online now. If I understand correctly, all articles are open access for the first 30 days.
– David Mobley [More…]