Knowing the potential energy surface (PES) gives a fundamental insight into the structural and dynamical properties of a molecular system. 30 years have passed since the Journal of Computational Chemistry published the pioneering article, Optimization of equilibrium geometries and transition structures by H. Bernhard Schlegel, bringing PES exploration into quantum chemistry. A special symposium in the upcoming ACS Fall National Meeting celebrates this anniversary, bringing together some of the world leading quantum chemists to discuss the current state, and future directions, of the field.

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