Retinal Isomerization

By Christine M Aikens1, George C. Schatz2, Marcelo Carignano2

1. Chemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 2. Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

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Isomerization reactions are very important in vision, as well as in many other chemical processes. When light is adsorbed, the double bond at carbon 11 in retinal (which is bonded to the protein opsin, forming rhodopsin) undergoes a conversion from the cis to the trans configuration. In this project you will use QC-Lab to examine the isomerization thermodynamics for a number of electronic structure methods and basis sets.

This laboratory uses the nanoHUB tool QC-Lab

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