Computational Collaboration Project No 5


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DL_POLY 5.0.0 released under an opensource license. more details
Monday, March 1, 2021
details at
good luck to all the applicants!
Friday, February 26, 2021
more details at
deadline 1st of may 2021

full announcement:
Dear Colleagues,

CCP5 (Computational Collaboration Project 5 - simulation of condensed
matter ( wishes to strengthen links between the CCP5
community by supporting a number of student bursaries for
collaborative summerprojects. The scheme provides funds for a student,
with UK academic supervisor support, to either

1.     Work with industry or
2.     Work with an European academic group or
3.     To provide teaching material for use within the undergraduate
teaching environment (e.g., a molecular modelling course). The
teaching material must use CCP5 software (e.g. DL_POLY, DL_MONTE,
4.     To provide outreach material using computer simulation with
CCP5 software.
5. Showcase modern simulation techniques in context of condensed matter
modelling, eg AI, rare events, etc.

For options 3 and 4, Daresbury Laboratory staff will act as sponsors
of the project and any project involving DL staff should be discussed
with them prior to submission.

These projects can last for up to three months and are ideally for
students just about to start a Ph.D. The application must be received
from a UK academic (i.e. not a student, member of CCP5). We envisage
that applications will request  £200-£250 per week, to include travel
as appropriate. The maximum sum available per busary is £3000,

NB If successful you are required to write a short report for CCP5 and
for software projects the course material must be given to CCP5 so
that it can be made available to the whole community via our web

If interested please refer to
for the application procedure which requires emailing a brief outline
of the project (no more than one page), indicating the costs and the
potential impact to

The closing date for applications is midnight 1st of May 2021. The CCP5
executive committee will decide soon thereafter which are funded based
on the potential value to the CCP5 community and/or the industrial
company(academic group) as well as the quality of the research and
funds available. Priority will be given to new applicants.


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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.

more details at

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


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


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