Tom Kuppens

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The use of the molecular quantum similarity overlap measure for molecular alignment is investigated. A new algorithm is presented, the quantum similarity superposition algorithm (QSSA), expressing the relative positions of two molecules in terms of mutual translation in three Cartesian directions and three Euler angles. The quantum similarity overlap is(More)
The Campine is a vast cross-border area in the northeast of Belgium and southeast of the Netherlands that has been contaminated with heavy metals. As traditional excavation techniques are too expensive, phytoremediation is preferred. Economically viable conversion techniques for the biomass are researched in order to lower reclamation costs and to guarantee(More)
[Structure: see text]. The absolute configurations of three compounds with a rigid 1,8-disubstituted as-hydrindacene skeleton have been determined using vibrational circular dichroism spectroscopy and quantum chemical calculations. Experimental spectra were compared to B3LYP/6-31G and B3LYP/cc-pVTZ level predicted spectra. Based on the agreement between the(More)
Carboxylic acids are known for their strong intermolecular associations. With chiral carboxylic acids, this behavior can be studied using vibrational circular dichroism (VCD). Tetrahydrofuran-2-carboxylic acid 1, a chiral building block for beta-lactam antibiotics, is studied by emphasizing the effect of the dimerization. Experimental results indicate that(More)
Vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) provides a growing and promising technology for the determination of the absolute configuration of molecules in solution, including drug molecules. The practical application of VCD spectroscopy consists of the experimental determination and comparison to quantum chemically calculated data. The key features of the VCD(More)
DFT calculations were performed on (S)-methyl tetrahydrofuran-2-carboxylate to facilitate the interpretation of IR and VCD spectra. The potential energy surface could not be described unambiguously using the 6-31G* basis set in combination with different density functionals including B1LYP, B3LYP, B3P86, B3PW91, B98, BHandH, BHandHLYP, MPW1PW91 and PBE1PBE.(More)
The absolute configurations of two precursors, that is, 1-(3',4'-dichlorophenyl)-propanol and 1-(3',4'-dichlorophenyl)-propanamine, of a potent 2-mercapto-imidazole CCR-2 receptor antagonist, JNJ-27553292, were determined using vibrational circular dichroism. As a consequence, the absolute configuration of the antagonist itself was also determined. The two(More)
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