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Interfaces: Catalytic & Environmental - ICE group
Prof. Angelos Michaelides
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The group is involved with various outreach activities. In 2010, we contributed to the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition. Other activities include making movies to communicate our research and explain science, and this year we even developed an iPhone game which aims to illustrate the formation of ice crystals.

Below you can see several things: information about our stand at the Exhibition, as well as photos, and links to various movies made by the group.

Slideshow from the exhibition

Although the Exhibition is over, you can still see our videos, vote for your favourite "Water Girl" in our online poll, and download our "Waterfall" iPod Game (note that the competitions associated with this that we ran during the Exhibition are now closed).

Please enjoy a selection of photographs from the event!

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

A molecule's eye view of water

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition
Southbank Centre, London
25 June to 4 July (2010)

We all use water everyday but how many of us know about its mysterious and unexplained special properties?

Using the latest high-tech computer simulations we are trying to understand water and ice on the nanoscale.

Come to our exhibit at the Southbank Centre in June to see super-cooled water freeze instantly, see ice sink in water, and try melting ice crystals in a simulation on one of the world's fastest supercomputers.

Sincere thanks go to our sponsors, the organisations that provide us with funding and resources, and others who have helped out. The credit for our display belongs to the organizers.

BREAKING NEWS: Come to our stand and enter our "Waterfall" game competition

First prize is a fantastic holiday for two to the ICEHOTEL in Swedish Lapland with Discover the World.

Discover the World

Other prizes include dinner for four at belowzero restaurant in London and Ice-Watch watches from Peers Hardy Ltd.

George's second 1970's lecture has been fully restored and is now ready for your viewing enjoyment!

george-supercool George's supercooled water lecture

iPhone/iPod game "Waterfall" now available

The ice caps are melting, you have to rebuild them one water molecule at a time! Waterfall is a simple, fun, and highly addictive game that teaches you about ice and nanoscience.

Get the game now and practice before coming to the Exhibition and competing against the world's best Waterfall players for lots of exiting prizes...

waterfall snapshot 1 waterfall snapshot 2 waterfall snapshot 3 waterfall snapshot 4 waterfall snapshot 5

Download it for free either from the iTunes App Store or

George's 1970s water lectures

After a painstaking process of digital restoration, George's first lecture from 24 March 1970 is now available:

george-salt-short George's salt dissolving lecture george-salt-long George's salt dissolving lecture: Director's cut

Stay tuned for the next informative and entertaining installment "fresh" from the archives!

Vote for your favourite image of "Watergirl"!

The scientists couldn't decide what to make Watergirl look like. We need your help - vote now for the best Watergirl!

Vote for Watergirl

Be sure to check out our other science movies too...

ice-melting A molecule's eye view of ice melting ice-freezing A molecule's eye view of ice freezing
salt-dissolve How does salt dissolve in water? stm A molecule's eye view of ice on a metal surface
petagon-ice Pentagonal ice in chains water-Pt-PIMD Fully quantum molecular dynamics simulations of molecules on a metal surface
dimer Dissociating a water dimer with computer simulations classical-quantum Classical versus quantum nuclei
H5O2 Ab-initio path integral molecular dynamics simulation of a H5O2+ complex in the gas phase supercool-water Instantly freezing supercooled water


Sponsors and Funding


Maria Baias, Matt Barber, Jochen Blumberger, Javier Carrasco, Steve Cox, Erlend Davidson, Ross Kelly, Jiri Klimes, Zinzheng Li, Angelos Michaelides, Andrew Morris, Chris Pickard, Zamaan Raza, Christoph Salzmann, Biswajit Santra, Ben Slater, Jonathan Tennyson, Giovanna Tinetti, Brent Walker, Matthew Watkins, Milena Wobbe, Caspar Wood, Changjun Zhang

Special thanks

Marjan Colletti, Marcos Cruz, Gosia Janczak, Ray Mathias, Denise Ottley, Kevin Thurlow, Andy Turner, Adrian Hill.

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