Conference Overview

The Asia-Pacific Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (APATCC) is the major organisation representing theoretical and computational chemists in the Asia-Pacific region. The 2019 APATCC Conference, namely APATCC 2019 (APCTCC-9), will be held in Sydney at the recently completed state-of-the-art lecture theatre complex of the Abercrombie Business School of the University of Sydney from September 30 to October 3, 2019. Held every 2–3 years, the APATCC Conferences represent the major event in the Asia-Pacific region that brings together an international network of theoretical and computational chemists. These conferences in the bourgeoning field of computational chemistry attract strong participation from government, industry and academia.

The number of participants attending the APATCC Conferences has ranged between 100 and 330, coming from 10–20 countries. The locations of the past APATCC Conferences have been:

  • 2004 Okazaki (Japan)
  • 2005 Bangkok (Thailand)
  • 2007 Beijing (China)
  • 2009 Port Dickson (Singapore/Malaysia)
  • 2011 Rotorua (New Zealand)
  • 2013 Gyeongju (Korea)
  • 2016 Kaohsiung (Taiwan)
  • 2017 Mumbai (India)
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The topics covered in APATCC 2019 will range from cutting-edge developments in the fundamentals of computational and theoretical chemistry and physics to the application of the theoretical modelling to such diverse fields as biotechnology and drug design, nanotechnology, condensed-matter physics, and chemical and materials engineering.

More specific themes include (but are not limited to):

  1. THEORETICAL / PHYSICAL: Methodological advances; advanced correlation methods; excited-state paradigms; relativistic treatments; post-Born-Oppenheimer approximations; novel DFT approaches; QM/MM; cheminformatics; molecular dynamics; quantum computing; theoretical thermochemistry, spectroscopy and photochemistry
  2. STRUCTURES / REACTIONS / ORGANIC / INORGANIC: Structure elucidation; conformational searching; reactions; radicals; ion chemistry; organometallics; dynamics; catalysis; clusters
  3. CONDENSED PHASE / MATERIALS: Solvation; nanoparticles; surfaces; materials; multiscale modelling; industrial applications; heavy metals; polymers; electrochemistry
  4. BIOLOGICAL: Enzyme catalysis; proteins/peptides; nucleotides; radicals in biology; drug design; bioinformatics, QSAR
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The format of APATCC 2019 will include plenary lectures (30 minutes), invited lectures (20 minutes), invited communications (10 minutes) and poster presentations. Please note that a number of invitations to present Invited Lectures and Invited Communications will be issued in response to I'm Interested responses and to submissions of highly-rated Abstracts (after the submission window opens). A generous number of Poster Prizes will be awarded at the conference. The Conference will bring together leading practitioners in the field of theoretical/computational chemical, physical and biological sciences. It will create opportunities for the establishment of strategic alliances and collaborations with the very best scientists from the Asia-Pacific region working in a broad range of theoretical and computational sciences and their applications. The Conference is designed to facilitate extensive networking, provide examples of leading practice, and deliver practical ways of positioning organizations for the future.

Chair: Prof Leo Radom
School of Chemistry
University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Co-Chair: Prof Peter Gill
Research School of Chemistry
Australian National University
Canberra, ACT 0200
Co-Chair: Prof Brian Yates
School of Chemistry
University of Tasmania
Hobart, TAS 7001