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A Practical Introduction to the Simulation of Molecular Systems

Handbook / Manual

By: Martin J Field

344 pages, 47 figs

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Jul 2007 | Edition: 2 | #169259 | ISBN-13: 9780521852524
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Molecular simulation is a powerful tool in materials science, physics, chemistry and biomolecular fields. This updated edition provides a pragmatic introduction to a wide range of techniques for the simulation of molecular systems at the atomic level. The first part concentrates on methods for calculating the potential energy of a molecular system, with new chapters on quantum chemical, molecular mechanical and hybrid potential techniques. The second part describes methods examining conformational, dynamical and thermodynamical properties of systems, covering techniques including geometry-optimization, normal-mode analysis, molecular dynamics, and Monte Carlo simulation. Using Python, the second edition includes numerous examples and program modules for each simulation technique, allowing the reader to perform the calculations and appreciate the inherent difficulties involved in each.

Review of the first edition: 'This text straddles the boundary between theory and experiment ! Martin Field's book is aimed at the novice user who is likely to be a graduate student or researcher in computational chemistry or biophysics. The provision of example programs ensures that readers should achieve a reasonable understanding of how simulations are performed and how the programs work ! This book is likely to spend much time sitting next to the mouse by a terminal.' The Times Higher Education Supplement Review of the first edition: ' ! this textbook is presented in an interesting style and is quite readable, even for relative newcomers to this field. It is certainly an appropriate book for the advanced undergraduate or graduate course level, and will be a valuable teaching aid for those presenting this topic. It should be of interest not only to the physical chemist, but also to those involved in computational biophysics, biochemistry or molecular physics.' Scientific Computing World Review of the first edition: 'The book is a good introduction to simulation. It is suitable for university course work, including computer practicals ! as well as for training company employees new to molecular simulation.' Florian Muller-Plathe, Angewandte Chemie Review of the first edition: 'The book should be particularly useful to all active practitioners in molecular simulation techniques, chiefly graduate students and researchers in universities and industry ! this book is a valuable addition to my shelf and one that I must make sure doesn't disappear because my research group has taken off with it!' Neil L. Allan, Chemistry and Industry


Preface to the second edition; Preface to the first edition; 1. Preliminaries; 2. Chemical models and representations; 3. Coordinates and co-ordinate manipulations; 4. Quantum chemical models; 5. Molecular mechanics; 6. Hybrid potentials; 7. Finding stationary points and reaction paths; 8. Normal mode analysis; 9. Molecular dynamics simulations I; 10. More on non-bonding interactions; 11. Molecular dynamics simulations II; 12. Monte Carlo simulations; Appendix 1 - The pDynamo library; Appendix 2 - Mathematical appendix; Appendix 3 - Solvent boxes and solvated molecules; Bibliography.

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Martin J. Field is Group Leader of the Laboratoire de Dynamique Moleculaire at the Institut de Biologie Structurale - Jean-Pierre Ebel, Grenoble. He was awarded his PhD in quantum chemistry from the University of Manchester, UK, in 1985. His areas of research include using molecular modeling and simulation techniques to study biological problems more specifically, his current interests are in the development and application of hybrid potential techniques to study enzymatic reaction mechanisms and other condensed phase processes.

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