All About Chemistry

SV Eswaran | Hindustan Times | January 10, 2012

Theoretical/ computation chemistry are now being talked about a lot. A new breed of chemists – the best example being the Nobel laureate Roald A Hoffman – often does not have to busy itself with any ‘wet chemistry’ experiments. Physical chemists have thus taken to computers in chemistry like fish to water. Kinetics of reactions can now be easily followed by sophisticated computer programmes and software.

This has also led to the emergence of computer-aided drug design as an attractive career option. The laudable initiative of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research in launching the Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD) encourages students and faculty anywhere in the country and abroad to register, log in to the website and participate in the discovery of new drugs. In this programme, the innovator helps in generating new drugs to be made available to the common man at a reasonable price...