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Miller experiments in atomistic computer simulations

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, September 2014
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14 news outlets
blogs
1 blog
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25 tweeters
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5 Facebook pages
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1 Google+ user

Citations

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Title
Miller experiments in atomistic computer simulations
Published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, September 2014
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1402894111
Pubmed ID
Authors

A. M. Saitta, F. Saija

Abstract

The celebrated Miller experiments reported on the spontaneous formation of amino acids from a mixture of simple molecules reacting under an electric discharge, giving birth to the research field of prebiotic chemistry. However, the chemical reactions involved in those experiments have never been studied at the atomic level. Here we report on, to our knowledge, the first ab initio computer simulations of Miller-like experiments in the condensed phase. Our study, based on the recent method of treatment of aqueous systems under electric fields and on metadynamics analysis of chemical reactions, shows that glycine spontaneously forms from mixtures of simple molecules once an electric field is switched on and identifies formic acid and formamide as key intermediate products of the early steps of the Miller reactions, and the crucible of formation of complex biological molecules.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 3 3%
United Kingdom 2 2%
Italy 1 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Czechia 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 98 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 36 33%
Student > Ph. D. Student 33 30%
Unspecified 11 10%
Student > Bachelor 9 8%
Professor 5 5%
Other 16 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Chemistry 38 35%
Physics and Astronomy 24 22%
Unspecified 13 12%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 13 12%
Engineering 5 5%
Other 17 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 132. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 10 February 2019.
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#102,438
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Outputs from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
#2,461
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Outputs of similar age
#1,807
of 201,737 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
#77
of 910 outputs
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