Why is Materials Modelling Important?

Almost every aspect of modern life involves materials and benefits from advances in materials modelling. Mobile phones, aircraft, power stations, fuels, medications, and much else that we now take for granted, all rely on materials. In addition, many processes in the natural world, ranging from the growth of ice in the upper atmosphere all the way to diseases caused by protein mis-folding also involve the properties of materials. Many of today's challenges, such as climate change, energy production and healthcare, demand powerful methods for probing the properties of a vast range of materials.

Recent years have seen huge advances in the accuracy, realism, and predictive capabilities of tools for the theory and simulation of materials. Predictive modelling has now become a powerful tool which can also deliver real value through application and innovation to the nano, chemical and process industries. It forms an essential part of the research and development effort of many of the world’s leading organisations and can be incredibly valuable for businesses. Simulation methods can be routinely used across industry to accelerate product development, increase efficiency, and provide fundamental understanding. 

Used in combination with good analysis and experimentation, materials modelling can drive progress, saving time, effort and resource. Results are tangible, available quickly and project relevant. 

Materials modelling can be used to solve real issues and problems and push cutting edge research.

Find out more about our research and industrial projects in materials modelling by looking at our Research and Industrial Services pages.

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