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Computational chemistry experiments performed directly on a blockchain virtual computer

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Abstract

Blockchain technology has had a substantial impact across multiple disciplines, creating new methods for storing and processing data with improved transparency, immutability, and reproducibility. These developments come at a time when the reproducibility of many scientific findings has been called into question, including computational studies. Here we present a computational chemistry simulation run directly on a blockchain virtual machine, using a harmonic potential to model the vibration of carbon monoxide. The results demonstrate for the first time that computational science calculations are feasible entirely within a blockchain environment and that they can be used to increase transparency and accessibility across the computational sciences.

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Submitted
13 Mar 2020
Accepted
15 Apr 2020
First published
21 Apr 2020

This article is Open Access
All publication charges for this article have been paid for by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Chem. Sci., 2020,11, 4644-4647
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Edge Article

Computational chemistry experiments performed directly on a blockchain virtual computer

M. W. D. Hanson-Heine and A. P. Ashmore, Chem. Sci., 2020, 11, 4644 DOI: 10.1039/D0SC01523G

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