IOP Lecture: How to see atoms with a computer (Quantum Chemistry)

18 Jan 2018 - 6:45pm
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
General public (Age 14+)


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On 18th January the Institute of Physics and Oxford Physics will be hosting Simone Sturniolo from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) who will be talking about his work in Quantum Chemistry.

The amazing variety of all matter, natural or artificial, is born out of the fundamental bricks that are few dozen elements. Crystallography is the experimental study of those solid materials in which atoms arrange themselves in ordered patterns, and of how all the properties we can see and touch can emerge from those simple patterns, discovered by prodding and probing them with tools like X-rays, neutron beams and magnetic fields. Today, however, another tool helps us look into the many ways atoms form macroscopic matter: computers. In this talk, you will have a chance to learn about some of the ways in which computer simulations can allow us to model matter from the fundamental laws of physics, help us understand experiments, make predictions, and even discover new materials from scratch.


The lecture series is hosted by Institute of Physics and Oxford University Physics Department. Refreshments will be served from 18:30 with the talk starting at 19:00. The talk is free and open to anyone with an interest, but registration is required in advance.

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