STFC-Hartree Center

IBM Researchers Develop Easy-to-Use Virtual Experiments for Unilever Chemists

Think back to your chemistry 101 class where you were fumbling around with test-tubes and pipettes attempting to unlock the secrets of Nature. Such experiments were quick to construct and straightforward to complete. However, real industrial chemical research is not so simple. Scientists need to perform a lot of complicated and laborious formulation chemistry experiments […]

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Take the Whisky test: How IBM tech can help root out fake Scotch

With the festive season just days away, it’s not just turkey and cranberry sauce flying off the supermarket shelves. It’s also champagne, wine, gin… and, of course, whisky. And it better be genuine. IBM researchers are working on technologies to help you make sure the whisky you buy is indeed what it says on the […]

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Focusing on Cell Membranes to Fight Antibiotic Resistance

Coupling ultra-large-scale computer simulation with AI has shown that mechanical stress on cell membranes can affect the potency of antibiotic agents.

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Simulating Antibiotic Resistance Scientist Gains Fame from Forbes

IBM scientist Flaviu Cipcigan has high ambitions. Despite recently being listed on Forbes magazine’s European 30 under 30 list for science and healthcare, he believes there is still much work to do to raise awareness and solve the challenges he is attempting to address with his research. “Antibiotic resistance is a problem that doesn’t inspire […]

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Pushing liquids to their limits with next-gen materials simulation methods

Materials in industrial and engineering applications, such as iron and steel, are often used at extreme pressures and temperatures or in complex environments where their properties may be very different from those found under normal circumstances. Perhaps the most famous example of this in practice are the exterior tiles of the NASA Space Shuttle Columbia, […]

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Thanksgiving Stuffing and Addressing the Concerns of Future Food Security

Today my American friends in the United States and across the global diaspora will enjoy Thanksgiving. Part of this festivity is the annual feast with family members, which traditionally includes turkey, vegetables, and many wheat-based products including buttermilk biscuits, pies and my favourite, stuffing. While we enjoy the variety of delicious food available to us, […]

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Oil and Water Really Do Mix: Simulating the world of micro-hydrodynamical phenomena

Have you ever wondered why milk is so white or why mayonnaise appears so thick and yet it can flow out of the bottle? Are you aware that these such substances are just oil and water mixed together though they look and feel like neither of them? It turns out that these delightful little mysteries […]

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Progress in IBM & Hartree Collaboration Reduces Physical Prototype Testing, Protects Crops from Pests and Improves Mobile Phone Coverage

More than 24 months ago, IBM and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre set an ambitious goal for themselves — enable UK businesses to use modelling, simulation and Big Data Analytics on real problems to develop better products and services that will boost productivity, drive growth, increase UK competitiveness and create jobs. […]

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A new method for materials simulation

The ability to predict the properties of materials before they are fabricated, or to explore their behavior under conditions which are impractical to replicate under laboratory conditions (eg extreme temperatures or pressures) is critical for next generation materials design. Improving the predictive power of materials modelling guides planning and design, saves money, and can accelerate […]

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IBM and Hartree Centre collaboration makes significant progress in first year

In 1907 German chemists at Henkel AG combined sodium silicate with sodium perborate, which when mixed with boiling water resulted in a self-acting textile-friendly and odorless bleach they eventually branded Persil. Nearly 100 years later Persil remains the detergent of choice for millions of households, manufactured and sold globally by multi-nationals including Unilever and Henkel. Those […]

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