Free Energy Calculations

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Beschreibung

Free energy constitutes the most important thermodynamic quantity to understand how chemical species recognize each other, associate or react. Examples of problems in which knowledge of the underlying free energy behaviour is required, include conformational equilibria and molecular association, partitioning between immiscible liquids, receptor-drug interaction, protein-protein and protein-DNA association, and protein stability.

This volume sets out to present a coherent and comprehensive account of the concepts that underlie different approaches devised for the determination of free energies. The reader will gain the necessary insight into the theoretical and computational foundations of the subject and will be presented with relevant applications from molecular-level modelling and simulations of chemical and biological systems. Both formally accurate and approximate methods are covered using both classical and quantum mechanical descriptions. A central theme of the book is that the wide variety of free energy calculation techniques available today can be understood as different implementations of a few basic principles.

The book is aimed at a broad readership of graduate students and researchers having a background in chemistry, physics, engineering and physical biology.



Presents a coherent account of the concepts that underlay different approaches devised for the determination of free energies

Gives the necessary insight into the theoretical and computational foundations of the subject



Inhalt
Calculating Free Energy Differences Using Perturbation Theory.- Methods Based on Probability Distributions and Histograms.- Thermodynamic Integration Using Constrained and Unconstrained Dynamics.- Nonequilibrium Methods for Equilibrium Free Energy Calculations.- Understanding and Improving Free Energy Calculations in Molecular Simulations: Error Analysis and Reduction Methods.- Transition Path Sampling and the Calculation of Free Energies.- Specialized Methods for Improving Ergodic Sampling Using Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo Simulations.- Potential Distribution Methods and Free Energy Models of Molecular Solutions.- Methods for Examining Phase Equilibria.- Quantum Contributions to Free Energy Changes in Fluids.- Free Energy Calculations: Approximate Methods for Biological Macromolecules.- Applications of Free Energy Calculations to Chemistry and Biology.- Summary and Outlook.

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Produktinformationen

Titel
Free Energy Calculations
Untertitel
Theory and Applications in Chemistry and Biology
Editor
EAN
9783540736172
ISBN
978-3-540-73617-2
Format
Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber
Springer, Berlin
Genre
Chemie
Anzahl Seiten
518
Gewicht
829g
Größe
H27mm x B239mm x T156mm
Jahr
2007
Untertitel
Englisch
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