Computational science and engineering is a modern approach to research, distinct from (but overlapping) standard theoretical and experimental approaches. In computational research, fast computers are used to simulate or model the behaviour of physical systems with the aim of better understanding properties that are too difficult or too expensive to study via experiments and that are beyond the reach of "pen and paper" theory. Nano- and micro-scaled systems can pose a particular challenge at both a scientific and technological level for conventional experiments and theory, and are a natural fit for computational study.
Due to the role of computational modelling in broader research, this project sits alongside existing projects within the Queensland Micro-and Nanotechnology Centre (QMNC). Within the Centre we conduct computational research from a wide variety of perspectives. Our research ranges from studying and improving the fundamental mathematical and physical models used in simulation, through quantum and classical simulations of important materials, to models of the human heart, up to "virtual laboratory" testing of mobile phone antennae and their interaction with human users.
To conduct our research, we employ and develop tools such as: improved approaches to finite element analysis, ab initio approaches, non-linear computational electromagnetics, molecular dynamics, numerical analysis of PDEs, virtual laboratories, multi-physics simulation.
Systems studied in QMNC include (see other research projects for
- The properties of graphene and 2D layered systems
- Metal hydride H2 storage systems
- Computational fluid dynamics simulation of blood flow
- Computational electrophysiology
- Numerical analysis of singular and near singular integrals
- Drug delivery systems
- Mobile phone antennae
- Molecular diffusion (including anomalous diffusion)