Adventures at the Nanoscale

Universal is a model of the nanoscale world. To explore this research and education tool, you can watch the movies that we have prepared for you, interact with real-time simulations, and create your own movies. Our computer-generated world consists of rather simple atoms, much like Democritus of ancient Greece probably imagined. If we define species of those atoms along with a few parameters to describe their properties, the system can model and help us understand a variety of phenomena of the real microscopic world.

SimuLab 1: Nanoscale Structures at Phase Transition

SimuLab 2: Freezing and Melting

SimuLab 3: Polymers

SimuLab 4: The Homopolymer Collapse

SimuLab 5: Protein Folding

SimuLab 6: Properties of Alloys at Nanoscales


The Universal Application: A Computer-Generated World of Atoms and Molecules

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This material is based upon the "Virtual Molecular Dynamics Laboratory" and was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE-0127467. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.