Just back from the EUGM and Nanotech Consortium Meeting, a week of lively discussions (and foosball matches ;-) and of course our announcement of the release of Materials Studio 5.0. It’s been great finally to talk about and demo all the new features, which we are all so excited about. Getting the requests in for shipment of the new version already ... well, it won’t be long.
You can read more about Materials Studio 5.0 at a high level in our Press Release, or in more detail in our ‘What’s New’ document. Perhaps you have read the ‘Transforming Materials Modeling’ tag line in there: imagine the discussions we’ve had about that: “Is it really?” “What is transforming...” and so on. But honestly it is what we are aiming to do with Materials Studio, and there are many things in the 5.0 release that make a real difference.
My take right now from the discussions at the Consortium and User Group Meetings is that the efficiency you gain because of the integration and flexibility this new release provides is quite a step change. The new Amorphous Cell for example got some wows from Materials Science and Life Science folks alike. It’s really a kind of universal structure builder. Want to build a nanocomposite, for example with nanotubes and polymers around them: not a problem. And perhaps there is some small molecule inside the tube: easy. And what about a protein soaked in a solution: consider it done!
For the second ‘transforming’ example, for me it’s Kinetix, the new Kinetic Monte Carlo module we built for the Nanotech Consortium. I alluded to Kinetic Monte Carlo development earlier, and thanks to a great collaboration with Tonek Jansen and Johan Lukkien from TU Eindhoven, you can now simulate processes such as a Fuel Cell cathode reaction in Materials Studio, over real time scales of minutes. Considering we start at femtoseconds, that’s quite a leap anyway.