The key parts of a lyzozyme enzyme are circled - only these atoms require quantum mechanical description (Photo: Nobelprize.com)
The 2013 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry (Photo: Harvard, Stanford, and University of Southern California)
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, and Arieh Warshel for the development of multi-scale computer models of chemical reactions. Such computational chemical models are now the foundation for protein, enzyme, and pharmaceutical research, and combine a classical description of the motion and structure of large molecules with a quantum description of the regions within the molecule where a reaction takes place.
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