Issue Date: March 5, 2018 | Web Date: March 1, 2018
Chemists test computer-planned syntheses for the first time
Planning efficient synthetic routes can seem like a dark art or feel like a Herculean labor of literature review. Chemists, for the first time, have tested a computer program’s ability to plan complete syntheses without human help, following the proposed routes in the lab (Chem 2018, DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2018.02.002).
The idea of a computer planning chemical syntheses isn’t new. Elias J. Corey of Harvard University developed the first version of such . . .
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