Professor Michaelides’ project entitled “A paradigm shift in the accuracy of simulations at water-solid interfaces” aims to develop and apply novel computational techniques that will enable more accurate predictions to be made about the structure and dynamics of water at surfaces.
On receiving the award, Michaelides commented “Understanding the structure and dynamics of water at interfaces is important to a whole host of phenomena. Down the line the underpinning knowledge to come from this project may aid the development of new materials for making it rain, or new coatings for aircraft to prevent them getting covered in ice, or a new filter for purifying salty water, or perhaps even better tasting ice-cream!”
Jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Royal Society scheme aims to provide universities with additional support to enable them to attract to this country or to retain respected scientists of outstanding achievement and potential.
Additional information about Professor Michaelides' research is available on his group's webpages at www.icelcn.com.