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An overview of numerical algorithms for the Poisson-Boltzmann equation in biomolecular electrostatics
发布时间: 2018-05-22     20:52   【返回上一页】 发布人:Shan Zhao


北京师范大学数学科学学院

 

计算数学学术报告

 

报告题目: An overview of numerical algorithms for the Poisson-Boltzmann equation in biomolecular electrostatics

 

报告人:Shan ZhaoUniversity of Alabama

 

时间地点: 5月29日下午4:00-5:00 后主楼1124

 

邀请人:曹外香

 

报告摘要:The Poisson-Boltzmann Equation (PBE) is a widely used implicit solvent model for the electrostatic analysis of solvated biomolecules. The numerical solution of the PBE is known to be challenging, due to the consideration of discontinuous coefficients, complex geometry of protein structures, singular source terms, and strong nonlinearity. In this talk, I will offer a brief overview of recent studies in the literature as well as new developments in our group for resolving the PB numerical difficulties.

(i). For treating dielectric interface and complex geometry, both finite element methods and Cartesian grid finite difference methods have been developed for delivering a second order accuracy in space.

(ii). In the framework of pseudo-time integration, we have constructed an analytical treatment to suppress the nonlinear instability.

(iii) Recently, we have introduced a new regularization method for treating charge singularity in solvated biomolecules. In a regularization method, by decomposing the potential function into two or three components, the singular component can be analytically represented by the Green's function, while other components possess a higher regularity. Our new regularization combines the efficiency of two-component schemes with the accuracy of the three-component schemes.

Finally, numerical experiments of several benchmark examples and free energy calculations of protein systems are presented to demonstrate the stability, accuracy, and efficiency of the new algorithms.