Simulation and modeling of materials with atomic detail at IBM: From biophysics to high-tech application
- Event time: 1:00pm
- Event date: 14th November 2011
- Speaker: Professor Glenn Martyna (Materials Research Laboratory at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center NY USA)
- Location: CSEC Seminar Room, James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB) James Clerk Maxwell Building Peter Guthrie Tait Road Edinburgh EH9 3FD GB
The goal of simulation and modeling studies is to provide insight into important systems of scientific and technological interest. Today, approaching such problems involves treating accurately complex heterogeneous interfaces at the nanoscale. The novel mathematical physics methods and parallel algorithms underlying the study of nanostructures are briefly given followed by applications to challenges across engineering, physics, and biophysics. In particular, models of carbon-based transparent electrodes for use in thin film solar cells are described showing how expensive oxide materials effectively may be replaced. A new approach to DNA sequencing is discussed and a novel understanding of how the conformational properties of small fragments of the HIV glycoprotein gp41 are affected by each other and their environment is presented. Throughout the lecture, the importance of synergistic interactions between theory, simulation and experiment to generate new scientific insights and technological innovation is stressed.
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..