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Special Issue "Machine Learning in Chemistry"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Computational and Theoretical Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Junwei Lucas Bao
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Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
Interests: quantum chemistry; chemical kinetics & dynamics; computational catalysis; materials chemistry
Prof. Dr. Jean-Baptiste Tristan
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Guest Editor
Department of Computer Science, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
Interests: machine learning (probabilistic, neural networks); applications of machine learning to quantum chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, machine learning has started to revolutionize how chemistry is done, including accelerating the exploration of the chemical compound space, proposing new reaction mechanisms or synthetic pathways, exploring the potential-energy surfaces, and understanding the fundamental quantum mechanical principles of theoretically challenging systems. An enormous amount of machine learning techniques have been developed by computer scientists, data scientists, physicists, and chemists, and they have been widely applied in physical sciences. This dynamic research field has attracted researchers from different disciplines to work together to propose new methods, design new architectures, and unlock creative ways for applications. 

This Special Issue is devoted to "Machine Learning in Chemistry". It will cover all aspects of using machine learning to investigate reaction mechanisms, molecular structures, catalysts design, material properties, organic synthesis, molecular generation and optimizations, and fundamental electronic-structure calculations. Full research articles, letters, perspectives, and reviews covering these topics are all welcome.

Prof. Dr. Junwei Lucas Bao
Prof. Dr. Jean-Baptiste Tristan
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • Machine learning
  • Deep learning
  • Computational chemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Materials design
  • Electronic-structure theory

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Prediction of Chromatography Conditions for Purification in Organic Synthesis Using Deep Learning
Molecules 2021, 26(9), 2474; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules26092474 - 23 Apr 2021
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In this research, a process for developing normal-phase liquid chromatography solvent systems has been proposed. In contrast to the development of conditions via thin-layer chromatography (TLC), this process is based on the architecture of two hierarchically connected neural network-based components. Using a large [...] Read more.
In this research, a process for developing normal-phase liquid chromatography solvent systems has been proposed. In contrast to the development of conditions via thin-layer chromatography (TLC), this process is based on the architecture of two hierarchically connected neural network-based components. Using a large database of reaction procedures allows those two components to perform an essential role in the machine-learning-based prediction of chromatographic purification conditions, i.e., solvents and the ratio between solvents. In our paper, we build two datasets and test various molecular vectorization approaches, such as extended-connectivity fingerprints, learned embedding, and auto-encoders along with different types of deep neural networks to demonstrate a novel method for modeling chromatographic solvent systems employing two neural networks in sequence. Afterward, we present our findings and provide insights on the most effective methods for solving prediction tasks. Our approach results in a system of two neural networks with long short-term memory (LSTM)-based auto-encoders, where the first predicts solvent labels (by reaching the classification accuracy of 0.950 ± 0.001) and in the case of two solvents, the second one predicts the ratio between two solvents (R2 metric equal to 0.982 ± 0.001). Our approach can be used as a guidance instrument in laboratories to accelerate scouting for suitable chromatography conditions. Full article
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