Physical, Theoretical & Computational

Synergistic Relationships between Computational Chemistry and Experiment (#9)

Advances in computer hardware, developments of rigorous theories and the availability of computationally efficient software packages have permitted computational chemistry to play a valuable role alongside experimental studies in pursuing questions of chemical interest. Indeed, it has been found that collaborations between theory and experiment can lead to suggestions for new experiments, call for refinements of the models upon which the theories are based and, most importantly, yield information that is not attainable by either theory or experiment on their own. The aim of this Symposium is to discuss the development and application of computational chemistry methodologies in partnerships with experimental chemists to solve pressing scientific questions of the 21st century. In keeping with the tradition of previous Pacifichem meetings, this Symposium will honor two distinguished Canadian computational chemists, Russell Boyd and Arvi Rauk. Both these scientists have made significant and novel contributions to developments and application of computational quantum chemistry procedures, often in collaboration with leading national and international experimental groups. For example, they have studied diverse areas of application (the properties of small molecules, the workings of enzymes, the chemistry of Alzheimers disease) using complex methodologies (quantum mechanics, molecular dynamics, hybrid techniques). Over 50 invited speakers are confirmed to date from a range of countries including Canada, United States of America, Australia, China, Japan, Thailand, New Zealand, Singapore, Korea, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Spain and Croatia.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015