Visualizing the Microscopic World

  • Nuno M. F. S. A. CerqueiraEmail author
  • Pedro  A. Fernandes
  • Maria João Ramos
Original Research Article


Visualization can be a motivating way of teaching students about the microscopic world. This can become even more exciting if the information is based on accurate computational results rather than on crude approximations that eventually might create unreal alternative perceptions. Here, we report on a VMD plug-in, named vmdMagazine, which can turn computational simulations into stunning high-impact video presentations, suitable for classes/lectures and even conferences. The software will help students/audience to understand atoms and molecules better and learn to like them. The present paper is meant to give a general idea of the software’s potential, showing how it works and how it can be used for educational purposes. The software is freely available at:


Computational animations Microscopic world Computer Software 



This work has been funded by FEDER/COMPETE and Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia through Projects PTDC/QUI-QUI/121744/2010 and EXCL/QEQ-COM/0394/2012.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UCIBIO@REQUIMTEDepartamento de Química e Bioquímica da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do PortoPortoPortugal

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