Chemistry is not only test tubes and chemicals. In quantum chemistry, quantum mechanics is used to compute the properties of molecules and their interaction. This year’s laureates have made it possible to use the complex equations of quantum mechanics to study molecules and chemical processes with the help of computers.
H2 H + HF
The three-dimensional structure of molecules can be accurately determined using quantum-chemical methods. One application of this is the development of new catalysts to generate very specific products such as drugs and plastics.