Using Monte Carlo simulations to help understand cracking
- Event time: 1:00pm
- Event date: 7th April 2003
- Speaker: Joe Fox (University of Edinburgh)
- Location: Room 2511, James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB) James Clerk Maxwell Building Peter Guthrie Tait Road Edinburgh EH9 3FD GB
The use of computer simulations as a tool for investigating molecular systems is an increasingly popular technique. In this seminar I aim to introduce the concept of computer simulations and contrast them with conventional ''in the lab'' experiments. As an example, I will present results of simulations of cracking - a technique extensively used in the petrochemical industry where large hydrocarbons are catalytically broken into smaller, more useful hydrocarbons. Using Monte Carlo simulations it is possible to more fully understand the processes involved in cracking and, with further work, perhaps suggest refinements to the technique.
This is a weekly series of informal talks given primarily by members of the soft condensed matter and statistical mechanics groups, but is also open to members of other groups and external visitors. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and learning of various topics at a level suitable to the broad background of the group. Everyone is welcome to attend..