Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology

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Coarse-Grained and Hybrid Simulations of Nanostructures

  • Richard Gowers
  • Paola Carbone
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6178-0_100940-2



In computational chemistry coarse-grained (CG) models are defined as molecular models where some details (i.e., degrees of freedom) of the original chemical structure have been removed. The resulting models are a coarser description of the chemical systems compared with the original ones and can then be used to perform either molecular dynamics or Monte Carlo simulations [1]. The reduction of the models’ degrees of freedom enables the simulation of systems whose size is comparable with that of the experimental ones and the timescale spanned by these simulations can reach microseconds.


Computer modeling is a powerful technique to gain molecular level details of chemical systems under different physical conditions and enables to relate macroscopic observations with changes in the chemical and physical state of the system. However, all modeling techniques rely on computer hardware, and therefore their use is...


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  1. 1.School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical ScienceThe University of ManchesterManchesterUK