Some materials used in food
packaging, for example, are composed of miniscule particles, some as small as 1000th the width of a human
hair, which may be adsorbed into food and cause major concerns for human health. Other materials, such
as those used in spacecraft design, can be badly damaged by tiny meteorites and debris crashing into them
as they hurtle through space. Our scientists are using molecular simulations to explore the physical and
chemical behaviour of these and other materials. Their work will aid the design of new materials and provide a
cost-effective method of testing before materials are widely produced.
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