THE SCIENCE SIMON McKENZIE ANU Research School of Chemistry Understanding the behaviour of chemical molecules is crucial to our everyday lives: whether it be medicinal drugs interacting with our bodies, catalysts improving the efficiency of industrial reactions or materials making the next generation electronic devices. All this behaviour boils down to tiny subatomic particles called electrons dancing all around these molecules. Simon’s field, Computational Chemistry, solves Quantum Mechanical equations on computers to describe how these electrons dance. Shown on the shirt is the intricate dance of one of the electrons in a water molecule.
THE ART HANNAH HOOGE ANU School of Art & Design Hannah’s design reflects Simon’s involvement and contribution to our understanding of electrons and the way they interact. She has utilized his code, which is used to implement focused calculations into the program, IQmol. In the design, the code is shaped like a molecular orbital of water, hinting at the program’s significance of our understanding of chemistry. The subtle differences between the area the code encapsulates and the orbital itself reflects the minute visual differences which Simon’s code produces, yet the abundance of code reinforces its significance.
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