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CSC Researchers Make Good Eggs.

CSC researchers Prof. P. Mark Rodger and Dr David Quigley have used the HECToR national supercomputing facility to gain insight into the growth of hen-eggs using molecular simulation.  In collaboration with colleagues at the University of Sheffield, they have investigated the role of eggshell protein in the transformation of calcium carbonate deposits into nano-crystals, which grow to form the protective mineral component of the egg.

The research, published this week in the journal Angewandte Chemie, used calculations requiring thousands of computer processors over several months. The resulting data have suggested a catalytic role for eggshell protein. This reduces the time taken for eggs to grow, a process which could potentially be mimicked for efficient manufacture of novel materials.  More information can be found in a press release here.