Research in the TuttleLab is focused on the concept of reducing molecular search spaces. The reduction of molecular search spaces involves the use of computational methodology to inform, focus and drive the direction of molecular research. The group works in close collaboration with experimental colleagues to ensure the results from our design work are able to be directly implemented in a practical laboratory. The process of reducing molecular search spaces involves three phases: (1) rationalising and understanding existing systems; (2) isolating the governing molecular processes; and (3) predicting new systems with enhanced/desirable properties and reactivities. A variety of different methods are used in pursuit of this goal, including ab initio, DFT, semi-empirical, MM, coarse grain and hybrid QM/MM methodologies.
News From the Lab
Congratulations to Daniela who successfully defended her PhD thesis on 17th July at the ASRC in New York. Daniela is the first student on the joint CUNY/Strathclyde graduate program to complete her PhD. Daniela’s thesis “Minimalistic peptide-based supramolecular systems relevant to the chemical origins of life” was well-received by the examining committee who complimented her […]
Daniela Kroiss’s paper on the discovery of dynamic ATP-peptide complexes has been featured on the inaugural issue of the journal ChemSystemsChem. ChemSystemsChem is an interdisciplinary journal publishing high-impact peer-reviewed research in out-of-equilibrium self-assembly, chemical networks and chemical ensembles with emergent properties, such as movement, communication and collective behaviour, working together in minimal metabolisms, artificial cells and […]
Congratulations to 1st year PhD student Travis Hesketh who was shortlisted as a finalist in Strathclyde’s “Images of Research”. Travis created his own thought provoking image of one of our latest tripeptide projects that demonstrates the ability of these remarkable peptides to form highly organised materials that also structure water through their pores. Travis did […]
Congratulations to Mark Allison after successfully defending his thesis titled “An Experimental and Computational Investigation of Transition Metal-Free Reactions”, after examination by John Christopher Walton (St. Andrews) and David Nelson (Strathclyde) on the 28th August. Mark was a joint student between the group of John Murphy and the Tuttle Lab, applying DFT calculations to study […]