Chemistry plays a central, if not to say leading, role in initiating, carrying out, and supporting developments that help guarantee the sustainability of our world. This can be clearly seen in the health (development of new drugs to fight cancer, Alzheimer, Parkinson, Malaria, etc.), energy (design of new catalysts, solar energy collector materials, hydrogen generation, biofuel), water (materials and processes for filtering and cleaning), and materials (design of materials for new technologies) sectors. For the purpose of full-filling its role and meeting the requirements of our time, Chemistry has changed from a traditionally organized discipline with four or five sub-disciplines to a new research model with many interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research topics that reach beyond the borders of traditional Chemistry and make chemists the ideal partners for researchers in medicine, biology, engineering, and environmental sciences.
A discipline of chemistry that can substantially contribute to all these fields as well as the metamorphosis of traditional to modern Chemistry is Computational Chemistry. Computational chemistry with quantum chemistry, molecular modeling, and molecular dynamics as its major tools has matured and become an important partner of experimental chemistry in the last decades. These tools are used to shorten and facilitate chemical discovery processes, avoid costly and/or dangerous experiments, and obtain information not amenable to experiment. Accordingly, the mission and vision of CATCO are formulated.
To install and carry out Computational Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of SMU with regard to all facets of teaching and research.
The development and application of methods and computer programs in Computational Chemistry for the purpose of initiating, carrying out, and fostering interdisciplinary research and teaching in all areas of chemistry, materials sciences, and nanotechnology at a high level of excellence.