In our research we typically use computer simulation techniques to probe
simple models that capture the essential physics and chemistry of the system
of interest with a particular emphasis on the role played by the potential
energy surface. Applications span a diverse range of fields including clusters,
polymer and protein crystallization, the glass transition, biomolecules
and complex networks. We collaborate closely with other members of the
Oxford Centre for Soft and Biological Matter group.
The crystallization of 2D anisotropic particles can provide a model of how
anisotropy can be used to aid or frustrate crystallization.