Computational Collaboration Project No 5


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Fundamental constants set upper limit for the speed of sound

To Kostya Trachenko of Queen Mary University of London, Bartomeu Monserrat, Chris Pickard of the University of Cambridge and Vadim Brazhkin of the Russian Academy of Sciences for calculations showing that the upper limit on the speed of sound in solids and liquids depends on just two dimensionless quantities – the fine structure constant and the proton-to-electron mass ratio. The team’s theoretical prediction is backed up by experimental data of the speed of sound in a range of solid materials and a calculation of the speed of sound in metallic hydrogen – a material that is yet to be created in the lab but should have the fastest speed of sound. The research provides insight into how fundamental constants impose bounds on physical properties.

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Friday, December 18, 2020
We were delighted to learn that Richard Catlow, FRS FRSC FInstP, former Chair of CCP5 during 1985-1990 period, and now Foreign Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society, has received a knighthood in the October 2020 Birthday Honours List for his services to the Management of Science.  Richard and his many scientific achievements are of course very well known throughout the CCP5 community.  Many congratulations, Richard!
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Prof Kostya Trachenko from QMUL,, congratulations.
full list of winners on

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
DL_POLY 4.10.0 is released... new features bug fixes and modern fortran!
Monday, September 7, 2020

CCP5 Prize nominations are open for exceptional scientists at mid point in their carreers.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020


Impact 1 keV MgO bombardment on Al(111)
Polymer nanoparticle interactions with lipid membrane


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