In our research we typically use molecular simulation techniques to probe
simple models that capture the essential physics and chemistry of the system
of interest. Applications span a diverse range of fields including DNA
nanotechnology, nucleic acid biophysics, cholesteric liquid crystals,
colloidal self-assembly, ice nucleation, quasicrystals, polymer and protein
crystallization, clusters 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.