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Catalysis is a very important field in chemistry. The most important aspects in the research are reaction mechanisms and also the synthesis of a (chiral) catalyst. Both aspects play together in the catalyst optimization procedure. This procedure requires a good understanding of three-dimensional structure and dynamic changes of all molecules involved, as well as interactions between catalyst and substrate.

With methods of the information science such aspects can be simulated and visualized. Especially the area of Augmented Reality (AR) can deliver interaction concepts for portable and direct use at the chemist’s computer. In this project it should be worked out which common interaction metaphors support chemists optimally for the research of complex chemical compounds. Therefore basic chemical mechanisms should be abstracted with techniques of the virtual and augmented reality in an user friendly way. A special emphasis lies on the chiral catalysis as an example.


The augmented reality (AR) group will provide means to visualize the catalyst molecules easily and to understand their interaction with the substrates. Especially for the chiral catalysis this will be of utmost importance. The program developed to achieve this goal will be easy to handle for both Ph. D. students and master students (having often difficulties in visualizing chirality problems).

Of particular importance is the three dimensionality of the computer created molecules and their easy handling and modification, so that laboratory chemists can visualize their intended synthetic goal quickly and get a better idea of the possibility of creating tailor made catalysts. The close contact of laboratory chemists and chemistry students with an informatics research group will help to develop means to understand three dimensional chemical structures much better and faster than with all currently available programs that are usually comparatively difficult to apply and inappropriate for a quick visualization and solution of real laboratory problems.

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Call closes 2 July 2017


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