Fernando Martín (Professor at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and Principal Investigator of XCHEM project) and Ricardo A. Matute (postdoctoral researcher in the team of the awarded Arieh Warshel, at Southern California University) reflect on the events which have led to the award of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to three computational chemists (Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, Arieh Warshel) for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.
The recent contributions of Computational Chemistry to the interpretation of experimental results from all areas of chemistry has been enormous, and the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is a great recognition of the discipline.
The development of Computational Chemistry has been boosted by recent progress in High Performance Computing (HPC). In Spain, this kind of calculations can be done on supercomputers of the Spanish Supercomputing Network, as Mare Nostrum in Barcelona, or XCHEM supercomputer at the Autonomous University of Madrid (see figure). XCHEM supercomputer has been funded by the European Research Council through the program Advanced Grants.
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