News: Theory and Simulation

The cover of the January 2014 issue of Rheology Bulletin features a striking color rendition of the structure of a colloidal gel, obtained via dynamic simulation of the structural evolution of 750,000 attractive hard spheres.

A computational approach for characterizing the microporous networks of zeolites has been developed by graduate student Eric First in collaboration with post-doctoral fellow Dr. Chrysanthos Gounaris, Prof. James Wei, and Prof. Christodoulos Floudas in the Computer-Aided Systems Laboratory.

Researchers were surprised to find a highly simplified model molecule that behaves in much the same way as water, a discovery that upends long-held beliefs about what makes water so special.