Nature produces amazing mineral composites such as bones, teeth and shells and is generally far more specific, efficient, environmental-friendly and cheaper than modern industrial processes. We are using computer simulations to understand the mechanisms used by nature to grow mineral structures and how they modify the properties of materials via molecular additives. Our work also explores molecular-mineral interfaces in organisms, sensors and biofilms.

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  • Professor John Harding, Professor of Materials Simulation, uses atomic scale computer simulation to understand how molecules can control mineral growth and influence properties.
  • Dr Colin Freeman, Lecturer in Materials Simulation, explores the influence of molecules on the properties of materials and how they can control the growth and morphology of these materials.

Computer Modelling