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IOP public lecture

Quantum Chemistry

This event took place on 10th December 2019 at 7:30pm (19:30 GMT)
Berrill Lecture Theatre, The Open University, Walton Hall Campus, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Dr Simone Sturniolo,

UKRI Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

“Quantum Chemistry: how to see atoms with a computer”

The amazing variety of all matter, natural or artificial, is born out of the fundamental bricks that are few dozens of 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, 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 discover new materials from scratch.


If you have any questions before or during the lecture please email them to and they will be read out to the speaker at the end if time allows

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