The ability to predict molecular geometries has important applications in chemistry. Specific examples include the areas of protein space structure elucidation, the investigation of host–guest interactions, the understanding of properties of superconductors and of zeolites. This prediction of molecular geometries often depends on finding the global minimum or maximum of a function such as the potential energy. In this paper, we consider several well-known molecular conformation problems to which we apply a new method of deterministic global optimization called the cutting angle method. We demonstrate that this method is competitive with other global optimization techniques for these molecular conformation problems.
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030799 Theoretical and Computational Chemistry not elsewhere classified
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