WW Kolloquium: Dr. Kevin M. Jablonka Transforming chemistry with transformers

Date: 25. June 2024Time: 16:30 – 18:00Location: H14 / Zoom

Dr. Kevin M. Jablonka, Institute for Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
“Transforming chemistry with transformers”

The field of chemical sciences has seen significant advancements with the use of data-driven techniques, particularly with large datasets structured in tabular form.
However, collecting data in this format is often challenging in practical chemistry, and text-based records are more commonly used [1]. Using text data in traditional machine-learning approaches is also difficult.
Recent developments in applying large language models (LLMs) to chemistry have shown promise in overcoming this challenge. LLMs can convert unstructured text data into structured form and can even directly solve predictive tasks in chemistry. [2, 3] In my talk, I will present the impressive results of using LLMs, showcasing how they can autonomously utilize tools and leverage structured data and “fuzzy” inductive biases.
To enable the training of a chemical-specific large language model, we have curated a new dataset along with a comprehensive toolset to utilize datasets from knowledge graphs, preprints, and unlabeled molecules. To evaluate frontier models trained on such a dataset, we specifically designed a benchmark to evaluate the chemical knowledge and reasoning abilities. I will present the latest results, demonstrating the potential of LLMs in advancing chemical research. [4]

[1] Jablonka, K. M.; Patiny, L.; Smit, B. Nat. Chem. 2022, 14 (4), 365–376.
[2] Jablonka, K. M; et al. Digital Discovery 2023, 2 (5), 1233–1250.
[3] Jablonka, K. M.; Schwaller, P.; Ortega-Guerrero, A.; Smit, B. Leveraging large language models for predictive chemistry. Nat. Mach. Int. 2024, 6, 161–169.
[4] Mirza, A.; Alampara, N.; Kunchapu, S.; Emoekabu, B.; Krishnan, A.; Wilhelmi, M.; Okereke, M.; Eberhardt, J.; Elahi, A. M.; Greiner, M.; Holick, C. T.; Gupta, T.; Asgari, M.; Glaubitz, C.; Klepsch, L. C.; Köster, Y.; Meyer, J.; Miret, S.; Hoffmann, T.; Kreth, F. A.; Ringleb, M.; Roesner, N.; Schubert, U. S.; Stafast, L. M.; Wonanke, D.; Pieler, M.; Schwaller, P.; Jablonka, K. M. Are Large Language Models Superhuman Chemists? arXiv 2024.

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25. June 2024
16:30 – 18:00

H14 / Zoom

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