Maths in Chemistry Study Group

Mathematical Institute, Oxford

Tuesday 23rd - Friday 26th July, 2013

Organiser: Dr Chris Breward

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Meeting Information

This Study Group will connect mathematicians and chemists with the aim of addressing topic problems in Chemistry which could benefit from mathematical modelling. The format of the meeting will be based upon the successful Maths-in-Industry Study Groups that have been run for many years. Researchers from experimental and industrial laboratories are invited to present technical problems for study in working sessions with leading mathematicians from the academic community. Problems may come from a variety of subject areas, but should be amenable to mathematical modelling and analysis. In 4 days of brainstorming and mathematical modelling there is usually enough time to generate and assess many ideas for solving the problem, and usually some of the ideas are checked in more detail.

On Tuesday morning, the problem presenters will each give a presentation on their problem to the whole group of mathematicians. The presentations each last for around 20-30 minutes, including questions form the audience. Once the presentations are complete, the mathematicians will break up into groups to work on the different problems in collaboration with the problem presenters. The group work occupies most of the time throughout the rest of the Study Group, and the problem presenters usually stay in the groups for most of the time, to answer questions and be involved in the discussions.

Each mathematician present chooses which problem they wish to work on, and are free to move from one group to another during the week. At some point mid-way through the week, everyone will reassemble together, and one or more members from each group will give a short presentation on the progress they have made so far, and what problems are outstanding. This provides an opportunity for others to provide input and may motivate some people to swap groups.

Finally, on the Friday, each group provides a longer presentation (usually about half an hour) on the work their group has done. Questions can be asked, and afterwards the problem presenter is asked to comment on the group's achievements.

We hope to have 5 to 7 different problems, and around 30 mathematicians attending. The meetings are held in an open format, with problem descriptions and reports published on the web. The presenters and modellers must therefore be happy for their contributions to be published in this way.

The problems will be:

How do large ring-forming multimeric membrane protein complexes assemble?
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University of Oxford
Fragment velocity correlations in molecular Coulomb explosions: new routes to gas-phase molecular structure and dynamics 
The Brouard Group, University of Oxford
Dispersion relations from real-space data on fluctuating interfaces
The Aarts Group, University of Oxford
Magnetic self-assembly of superparamagnetic colloids under gravity
The Dullens Group, University of Oxford