What do origins of life, oil extraction, and high surface materials have in common?

IMG_2628In a presentation, entitled “Computational Chemistry as a Time-Traveller’s Tool”, Valentina discusses how her molecular modeling techniques allow studying phenomena that occurred millions of years ago, that lead to the transition from geo- to biochemistry. She then demonstrates how the same methods, used to address fundamental questions, can also be applied to today’s problems of industrial interest, such as enhanced oil recovery and synthesis of high surface materials. All these processes are driven by interactions between organic molecules and layered materials under conditions difficult to reproduce through experiment alone.




Palatinate challenge

Palatinate (noun; British; origin mid-19th century) – a light purple or lavender colour, as used in certain ceremonial robes of the University and City of Durham, and later also in sporting outfits. (Oxford English Dictionary).Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 11.10.34.png

Pantone: 255C
CMYK: 51, 91, 0, 34
RGB: 126, 49, 123
Hex: 7E317B


Durham University Computational Chemistry community has started a Palatinate Challenge – Scientific articles to feature palatinate both as colour and a word. 

Recent articles to satisfy the Challenge: