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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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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
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14 news outlets
blogs
1 blog
twitter
21 tweeters
facebook
5 Facebook pages
googleplus
1 Google+ user

Citations

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Readers on

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133 Mendeley
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1 CiteULike
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 2%
United Kingdom 2 2%
Czechia 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 121 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 39 29%
Researcher 39 29%
Student > Bachelor 10 8%
Student > Master 8 6%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 5%
Other 15 11%
Unknown 16 12%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Chemistry 45 34%
Physics and Astronomy 29 22%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 13 10%
Materials Science 6 5%
Engineering 5 4%
Other 16 12%
Unknown 19 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 128. 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.
All research outputs
#182,277
of 17,355,315 outputs
Outputs from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
#3,936
of 89,287 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#2,185
of 208,889 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
#84
of 914 outputs
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