DATE: Friday, February 28, 2020 TIME: 1:00 pm PLACE: ENR building, room 223 14 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, NJ
University of Edinburgh
Modelling Dynamics in Solids: From Origin of Life to Modern Challenges
- What interactions are key for retaining carbon in soils?
- Why some solvents are better at creating "high-surface" materials?
- How pollutants can be captured and retained by layered minerals?
- What is the role of minerals in the Origin of Life?
Molecular modelling is a powerful tool allowing us to rationalise existing data and produce testable hypotheses. Within this talk, on examples from my work [1-6], I will demonstrate how computational techniques allow us to obtain atomistic information on large-scale processes occurring on our planet and beyond. I intend this talk to be an introduction to molecular modelling of minerals, and to promote fruitful interdisciplinary conversations.
|Electron scanning microscope image (left) of a sandstone core, atomic force microscope image (centre), and atomistic molecular model of a montmorillonite clay interaction with organic molecule via Ca2+ cation bridging (right)|