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Our book published Contemporary Computer-Assisted Approaches to Molecular Structure Elucidation

10 Nov

Almost two years of work, a collaboration and friendship developed over many years of my tenure at Advanced Chemistry Development (with Mikhail Elyashberg and Kirill Blinov), a story about a decade of work to develop what we believe is the world’s premier Computer Assisted Structure Elucidation software, and multiple iterations later, our book is now at the printers.

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Our book is “Contemporary Computer-Assisted Approaches to Molecular Structure Elucidation” and is already listed on Amazon here.

“Computer Assisted Structure Elucidation (CASE) systems are powerful software applications capable of outperforming human data interpretation in terms of both speed and reliability. They combine software algorithms with tools for molecular structure elucidation using spectroscopic data. This book describes the principles on which CASE systems are based and concisely explains the algorithmic concepts behind the programs. It puts the technique in the context of its origins and describes the challenges that have been overcome to produce modern CASE systems. It uses the authors’ software development experience to discuss the present state-of-the-art and explains how the synergistic marrying of man and machine can provide superior results. Readers will gain a firm grounding in the fundamentals of CASE, an understanding of the challenges associated with algorithms, and an appreciation of the technologies underlying NMR prediction and structure verification. Scientists who have never used CASE systems before will find all the information necessary to master this new and very effective approach. Those with some experience will benefit from details on the latest developments.”

I willingly admit I’m glad it’s over…it feels great to have it finished, great to know its at the printers and good to know that we have likely written the definitive volume in this area for the time being. Now time to let my eyes recover before getting back to writing two more volumes about NMR applied to Natural Products, to be released next year all being well!

 

 

About tony

Antony (Tony) J. Williams received his BSc in 1985 from the University of Liverpool (UK) and PhD in 1988 from the University of London (UK). His PhD research interests were in studying the effects of high pressure on molecular motions within lubricant related systems using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. He moved to Ottawa, Canada to work for the National Research Council performing fundamental research on the electron paramagnetic resonance of radicals trapped in single crystals. Following his postdoctoral position he became the NMR Facility Manager for Ottawa University. Tony joined the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York as their NMR Technology Leader. He led the laboratory to develop quality control across multiple spectroscopy labs and helped establish walk-up laboratories providing NMR, LC-MS and other forms of spectroscopy to hundreds of chemists across multiple sites. This included the delivery of spectroscopic data to the desktop, automated processing and his initial interests in computer-assisted structure elucidation (CASE) systems. He also worked with a team to develop the worlds’ first web-based LIMS system, WIMS, capable of allowing chemical structure searching and spectral display. With his developing cheminformatic skills and passion for data management he left corporate America to join a small start-up company working out of Toronto, Canada. He joined ACD/Labs as their NMR Product Manager and various roles, including Chief Science Officer, during his 10 years with the company. His responsibilities included managing over 50 products at one time prior to developing a product management team, managing sales, marketing, technical support and technical services. ACD/Labs was one of Canada’s Fast 50 Tech Companies, and Forbes Fast 500 companies in 2001. His primary passions during his tenure with ACD/Labs was the continued adoption of web-based technologies and developing automated structure verification and elucidation platforms. While at ACD/Labs he suggested the possibility of developing a public resource for chemists attempting to integrate internet available chemical data. He finally pursued this vision with some close friends as a hobby project in the evenings and the result was the ChemSpider database (www.chemspider.com). Even while running out of a basement on hand built servers the website developed a large community following that eventually culminated in the acquisition of the website by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Tony joined the organization, together with some of the other ChemSpider team, and became their Vice President of Strategic Development. At RSC he continued to develop cheminformatics tools, specifically ChemSpider, and was the technical lead for the chemistry aspects of the Open PHACTS project (http://www.openphacts.org), a project focused on the delivery of open data, open source and open systems to support the pharmaceutical sciences. He was also the technical lead for the UK National Chemical Database Service (http://cds.rsc.org/) and the RSC lead for the PharmaSea project (http://www.pharma-sea.eu/) attempting to identify novel natural products from the ocean. He left RSC in 2015 to become a Computational Chemist in the National Center of Computational Toxicology at the Environmental Protection Agency where he is bringing his skills to bear working with a team on the delivery of a new software architecture for the management and delivery of data, algorithms and visualization tools. The “Chemistry Dashboard” was released on April 1st, no fooling, at https://comptox.epa.gov, and provides access to over 700,000 chemicals, experimental and predicted properties and a developing link network to support the environmental sciences. Tony remains passionate about computer-assisted structure elucidation and verification approaches and continues to publish in this area. He is also passionate about teaching scientists to benefit from the developing array of social networking tools for scientists and is known as the ChemConnector on the networks. Over the years he has had adjunct roles at a number of institutions and presently enjoys working with scientists at both UNC Chapel Hill and NC State University. He is widely published with over 200 papers and book chapters and was the recipient of the Jim Gray Award for eScience in 2012. In 2016 he was awarded the North Carolina ACS Distinguished Speaker Award.

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3 Responses to Our book published Contemporary Computer-Assisted Approaches to Molecular Structure Elucidation

  1. David Flaxbart

    November 15, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    According to YBP, this book, with 368pp, has a list price of $235.60. That’s 64 cents per page. Do you think this, or for that matter any, book is worth that cost? As an author, do you think you have any responsibility for seeking moderation in publisher prices? RSC, an imprint of Springer, is one of the most expensive monograph publishers around.

    As a librarian, I take cost per page seriously and it factors in to any decision to purchase a book, which after all in entirely discretionary. I pass on quite a few RSC books for this reason. If you have any influence with your employer, try to convince them that book pricing affects sales, a concept they don’t seem to grasp. I have never been able to fathom how they arrive at a price point for a given book. Two books on the same basic topic and the same size, even from the same publisher, may be more than $100 apart in list price. In these cases, the reasonably priced book often is a no-brainer (or even automatic) purchase for a library, while the expensive one gets flagged as a maybe, or a not-at-all. In the book market, price does not correlate with quality, of course.

     
  2. tony

    July 11, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Davd…sorry that I had previously missed this. I have been in many discussions about price over the years but ultimately the price is always set by the publisher

     

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