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dc.contributor.authorFalivene, Laura
dc.contributor.authorCao, Zhen
dc.contributor.authorPetta, Andrea
dc.contributor.authorSerra, Luigi
dc.contributor.authorPoater, Albert
dc.contributor.authorOliva, Romina
dc.contributor.authorScarano, Vittorio
dc.contributor.authorCavallo, Luigi
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-05T07:24:35Z
dc.date.available2019-09-05T07:24:35Z
dc.date.issued2019-09-02
dc.identifier.doi10.1038/s41557-019-0319-5
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/656688
dc.description.abstractThe engineering of catalysts with desirable properties can be accelerated by computer-aided design. To achieve this aim, features of molecular catalysts can be condensed into numerical descriptors that can then be used to correlate reactivity and structure. Based on such descriptors, we have introduced topographic steric maps that provide a three-dimensional image of the catalytic pocket—the region of the catalyst where the substrate binds and reacts—enabling it to be visualized and also reshaped by changing various parameters. These topographic steric maps, especially when used in conjunction with density functional theory calculations, enable catalyst structural modifications to be explored quickly, making the online design of new catalysts accessible to the wide chemical community. In this Perspective, we discuss the application of topographic steric maps either to rationalize the behaviour of known catalysts—from synthetic molecular species to metalloenzymes—or to design improved catalysts.
dc.description.sponsorshipL.C. thanks the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). This research used resources of the Core Labs and of the KAUST Supercomputing Laboratory. A.P. is a Serra Húnter fellow and thanks the Spanish MICINN for the project PGC2018- 097722-B-I00. R.O. thanks University Parthenope ‘Finanziamento per il Sostegno alla Ricerca Individuale di Ateneo – Annualità 2017’ for funding
dc.publisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-019-0319-5
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Nature Chemistry
dc.titleTowards the online computer-aided design of catalytic pockets
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentChemical Science Program
dc.contributor.departmentKAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
dc.contributor.departmentPhysical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division
dc.identifier.journalNature Chemistry
dc.rights.embargodate2020-03-02
dc.eprint.versionPost-print
dc.contributor.institutionDipartimento di Informatica ed Applicazioni, University of Salerno, Fisciano, Italy
dc.contributor.institutionInstitut de Química Computacional i Catàlisi and Departament de Química, Universitat de Girona, Girona, Spain
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Sciences and Technologies, University Parthenope of Naples, Naples, Italy
kaust.personFalivene, Laura
kaust.personCao, Zhen
kaust.personPoater, Albert
kaust.personCavallo, Luigi
kaust.acknowledged.supportUnitCore Labs
kaust.acknowledged.supportUnitKAUST Supercomputing Laboratory
kaust.acknowledged.supportUnitSupercomputing Laboratory.


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