Chem Golf

The discussions during the outreach training day in February 2015 led to a fantastic proposal for an outreach project: the idea of 'Theoretical Chemistry Golf', illustrating how reactions proceed by moving over potential energy landscapes.

The concept was developed into a playable game and unveiled at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the summer of 2016. The feedback was very positive, with several teachers who attended the event commenting on the game's potential as an educational tool for classroom use. Anyone interested in obtaining a copy of the game or finding out more, is encouraged to visit or

We are proud to say that we were nominated and won the 2016 prize for Innovation and Development at the University of Southampton's "Bringing Research to Life Roadshow Awards".


The Argon app

For their outreach project, cohort 2 decided to create and develop the Argon app:

Argon is a fun and interactive molecular dynamics app that allows the user to explore the basics of a major branch of modern computational chemistry. Molecular dynamics itself is based on classical mechanics and studies the time evolution of interacting particles within a system. In the app the user can change how the particles interact with each other through altering the potential felt between them and even make their own! Additionally areas of attraction and/or repulsion can be added to the system with the click of a mouse or touch of a finger and controlled with sound. Argon provides a base on which the fundamental building blocks of modern high performance computing is based and these concepts find their use in a variety of fields from materials science to biophysics. You can download the app here: and follow Argon on Twitter @ArgonApp.


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