Supercomputers and Atoms: The Career of a Computational Chemist

Author:  Aiman Faruqi

“Since the discovery of the atom, chemistry has tried to explain phenomena at the atomic level. This motivated the development of theories that could predict molecular structure and behavior. Due to the immensely small size of atoms, however, experimental techniques have trouble seeing these details—thus computational chemistry stepped in to directly simulate the properties of very small things,” says Dr. Paul Zimmerman, a computational chemist at the University of Michigan.