Inverse Design – A Path to Faster Development?

First in a continuum of brief news reports on Brown University's Chemistry Department Seminar series. Prof. Dequan Xiao, from the University of New Haven's Center for Integrative Materials Discovery, presented applications of his team's "inverse" design methodology, and explained its future impacts. I find myself stymied by the mountain of choices set before me, threatening …

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Convergence Problems – Computer Defenestration Prevention

Calculations on molecular, biological, and physical systems come with a common goal: determining the lowest, most stable energetic state(s), and thus the best example of the system to study computationally. To do this, the values of interest, usually energy, need to converge: i.e., after repeated changes, each result is nearly the same as the one …

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Understanding Energy – Potential, Kinetic, and Visualization on a “Surface”

In order to work with a lot of physical concepts across disciplines, some level of understanding must be present regarding "energy." On an instinctive level, people tend to have a foundational understanding of "energy" just by doing and observing everyday tasks; I aim to illuminate these moments and shed some further detail on what energy …

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