Jiali Gao Credited for Making Important Contributions to the 2013 Chemistry Nobel Prize Scientific Citation

Jiali's 1996 review, "Methods and Applications of Combined Quantum Mechanical and Molecular Mechanical Potentials," was credited as an important contribution to the development of combined QM/MM methods in the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The prize was awarded to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, and Arieh Warshel for their crucial work on the development of multiscale models of complex chemical systems.

The scientific background on the 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry can be accessed here. Jiali's contributions are highlighted in the following excerpt from the background:

"The work behind this year’s Nobel Prize has been the starting point for both further theoretical developments of more accurate models and applied studies. Important contributions have been given not only by this year’s laureates but also by many others including J. Gao, F. Maseras and K. Morokuma, U.C. Sing and P. Kollman, and H. M. Senn and W. Thiel. The methodology has been used to study not only complex processes in organic chemistry and biochemistry, but also for heterogeneous catalysis and theoretical calculation of the spectrum of molecules dissolved in a liquid. But most importantly, it has opened up a fruitful cooperation between theory and experiment that has made many otherwise unsolvable problems solvable."