Curious Chemical World


Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST) presents “Science With A Pint: Our Curious Chemical World”

CHICAGO, Illinois (October 1, 2013) – Molecular modeling: we are not talking about ball-and-stick representations of single atoms or atomic structures, but rather the beautifully complex computer renderings of every atom in a living cell; how each atom moves within a molecule, and functions in its environment.

Molecular modeling on computers can provide great benefits to society in a wide range of fields, such as medicine and the production and storage of renewable energy. It is a powerful tool that provides a window into the chemical world that is unparalleled in its ability to visualize the nano- and sub-nano environment. Learning how to comprehend this chemical complexity allows us to make incredible technological advancements, and gives us a greater appreciation for the underlying beauty to be found in the natural world.

Through multi-scale computer simulation, scientists are now able to individually track the movement of every atom over time, bridge that information upward in length and time scale, and make use of this highly detailed information to help understand the workings of the living cell, the origins of diseases, and the design of more effective therapies.

For instance, in a 2008 study, researchers investigated how proteins in diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease interact to form unique complexes. These hybrid abnormal protein interactions result in combined neurodegenerative diseases. The findings from this research explain why Alzheimer’s patients may develop Parkinson’s, and vice versa. The molecular structures discovered during this research can be used to model and develop new drugs for these diseases.

Our Curious Chemical World features researchers from the University of Chicago’s Center for Multiscale Theory and Simulation.  Over a pint, you will meet the scientists, who will highlight how computers are changing the way we study systems such as proteins, fuel cells and viruses.  They will talk about where they think the field will be focused in the future, the societal impact of these discoveries, and what led them to become theoretical/computational chemists.

DETAILS: Tuesday, October 29, 2013. 6pm- 8pm. Please arrive by 5:30 pm to sign in.

The Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Metered street parking available.

Free Admission, however space is limited. Please sign up in advance on line, at Simply click the “buy tickets” button to register. MUST BE 21 OR OVER TO ATTEND

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