The long-due development of a computational method for the ab initio prediction of chemical reactants that provide a target compound has been hampered by the combinatorial explosion that occurs when reactions consist of multiple elementary reaction processes. To address this challenge, we have developed a quantum chemical calculation method that can enumerate the reactant candidates from a given target compound by combining an exhaustive automated reaction path search method with a kinetics method for narrowing down the possibilities. Two conventional name reactions were then assessed by tracing back the reaction paths using this new method to determine whether the known reactants could be identified. Our method is expected to be a powerful tool for the prediction of reactants and the discovery of new reactions.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry