Clare College Cambridge

Professor Jonathan Goodman

Professor Jonathan Goodman

Professor of Chemistry

Academic Dean

Director of Studies in Chemistry

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This is a snapshot of a simulation of a peptide in salty water. The blue blobs are sodium ions and the green blobs are chloride ions. This simulation took more than a year of CPU time, and helps us understand what happens as food is preserved by drying it.



This is a representation of quite a small molecule: an isomer of the alkane C16H34. The colours represent some of the energy in the bonds. The structure does not look particularly odd, but our calculations demonstrate that it is impossible to make this molecule. It may be the simplest molecule that can never be made.

This figure shows a transition state for a chemical analogue of a biosynthetic process. We have recently worked out the details of how this process can happen, by combining information from quantum mechanics analyses and information from the contents of test tubes.

Main Publications:


A History of the Molecular Initiating Event
T. E. H. Allen, J. M. Goodman, S. Gutsell and P. J. Russell Chem. Res. Toxicol. 29, 2060-2070 (2016)
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrestox.6b00341