Barry T. Pickup

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The optimal overlap between two molecular structures is a useful measure of shape similarity. However, it usually requires significant computation. This work describes the design of shape-fingerprints: binary bit strings that encode molecular shape. Standard measures of similarity between two shape-fingerprints are shown to be an excellent surrogate for(More)
This work presents a Generalized Born model for the computation of the electrostatic component of solvation energies which is based on volume integration. An analytic masking function is introduced to remove Coulombic singularities. This approach leads to analytic formulae for the computation of Born radii, which are differentiable to arbitrary order, and(More)
We apply a recently published method of text-based molecular similarity searching (LINGO) to standard data sets for the purpose of quantifying the accuracy of the approach. Our implementation is based on a pattern-matching finite state machine (FSM) which results in fast search times. The accuracy of LINGO is demonstrated to be comparable to that of a(More)
The source and sink potential model is used to predict the existence of omni-conductors (and omni-insulators): molecular conjugated π systems that respectively support ballistic conduction or show insulation at the Fermi level, irrespective of the centres chosen as connections. Distinct, ipso, and strong omni-conductors/omni-insulators show Fermi-level(More)
Organozinc iodides, useful for the synthesis of nonproteinogenic amino acids, are investigated in the gas phase by a combination of electrospray (ESI)-MS/MS, accurate ion mass measurements, and infrared multiphoton dissociation (IRMPD) spectroscopy employing a free electron laser. ESI allowed the full characterization of a set of dimethylformamide(More)
An extensive set of organozinc iodides, useful for Negishi-type cross-coupling reactions, are investigated as respective cations after formal loss of iodide in the gas phase. Firstly, two new alkylzinc compounds derived from Tyrosine (Tyr) and Tryptophan (Trp) are closely examined. Secondly, the influence of specific protecting groups on the subtle balance(More)
Conditions for transmission of a pi-conjugated molecular conductor are derived within the source and sink potential approach in terms of numbers of nonbonding levels of four graphs: The molecular graph G and the three vertex-deleted subgraphs obtained by removing one or both contact vertices. For all bipartite and most nonbipartite G, counting nonbonding(More)
It is shown that, within the tight-binding approximation, Fermi-level ballistic conduction for a perimeter-connected graphene fragment follows a simple selection rule: the zero eigenvalues of the molecular graph and of its subgraph minus both contact vertices must be equal in number, as must those of the two subgraphs with single contact vertices deleted.(More)