Chemical Network Algorithms for the Risk Assessment and Management of Chemical Threats


  • This work was supported by the Non-equilibrium Energy Research Center (NERC) at Northwestern, which is an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy under Award Number DE-SC0000989.


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A network of chemical threats: Current regulatory protocols are insufficient to monitor and block many short-route syntheses of chemical weapons, including those that start from household products. Network searches combined with game-theory algorithms provide an effective means of identifying and eliminating chemical threats. (Picture: an algorithm-detected pathway that yields sarin (bright red node) in three steps from unregulated substances.)