UNIMY's principal area of research is nanotechnology. We explore the five main nanocomputing research areas of food and agriculture; energy and environment; medical and health; electronic devices; and finance.

Nanotechnology is now attracting major government and commercial investments and considerable academic interests. Venture capital funding increased exponentially and nanotechnology has been the driving force behind a steady stream of practical applications coming to the market place.

Nanotechnology will bring to the market faster, smarter products and devices, and will improve existing ones. Computational tools play a major role in the development and application of this technology, as molecular modelling and simulation software is essentially computer-aided design at the nanoscale.

Molecular modelling and simulation tools enable scientists, on their personal computers (PCs), to simulate reactions and study the properties and interactions of molecules and materials. The increasing power of PCs and the validation of methods has resulted in these techniques becoming a more common research tool.

Among the advantages are that models can be used to complement, direct, refine, and even mimic experimentation. Non-starter reactions can be identified before valuable laboratory time and resources are wasted.

Reactions that would have been difficult to study experimentally, for example because of the time taken to complete or the requirement of toxic chemicals, can be studied with virtual ease on the computer with mechanistic and chemical insights obtained.

In our research collaboration, IBM will work with UNIMY to define a training programme in computer modelling of nanomaterials and provide training for UNIMY post-doctoral researchers at IBM research facilities.

The training programme will include a course outline, syllabus, lecture topics and practical exercises. IBM will also provide guidance on the appropriate computational tools and approaches for computational modelling of nanomaterials relevant for the experimental programmes.