We are launching here an outreach library for schools, both for pupils and teachers and the general public. Most of the contributions are in the form of an image of a simulation and associated text. The text has been edited by Tim Harrison, Director of Outreach and former Schoolteacher fellow in the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol to make the text accessible at least to AS- and A-level students and to show how the images and simulations relate to material taught in schools. We welcome contributions from anyone to our library which should be sent to the editor by email. We will accept contributions in any format, but prefer LaTeX, MSWord, pdf or HTML. As far as is practicable, we will publish information on infoweb in HTML and .pdf formats.
Mesoscale modelling methods fit between those used for molecular dynamics and computational fluid dynamics. These operate at length and time scales suited for modelling complex materials with both atom-like effects and bulk fluid properties such as viscosity. Examples of systems that can be modelled at the mesoscale include solute diffusion, conductive and convective heat transfers, phase behaviours of fluids and polymers (e.g. surfactants, amphiphiles), self-assembly of chemical structures and adsorption onto surfaces.
Computer Simulations of polystyrene, or the humble plastic cup