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Origami: a versatile modeling system for visualising chemical structure and exploring molecular function

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Davis, J, Leslie, R, Billington, S and Slater, PR (2010) Origami: a versatile modeling system for visualising chemical structure and exploring molecular function. CHEMISTRY EDUCATION RESEARCH AND PRACTICE, 11 (1). pp. 43-47. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1039/C001044H

Abstract

The use of Origami is presented as an accessible and transferable modeling system through which to convey the intricacies of molecular shape and highlight structure-function relationships. The implementation of origami has been found to be a versatile alternative to conventional ball-and-stick models, possessing the key advantages of being both inexpensive and readily accessible. The challenge, tangible nature, sense of achievement and hence trophy-like status of the models were found to combine and serve as a potentially invaluable outreach resource in terms of transfer to the home environment, with most (>70%) participants) wishing to show them to friends and family. A range of models were constructed and their implementation as lecture aids in both secondary and tertiary curricula has been assessed.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Origami; models; shape; modeling; molecular shape; visualization
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Engineering
Research Institutes and Groups:Engineering Research Institute
Engineering Research Institute > Nanotechnology & Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC)
ID Code:11888
Deposited By:Professor James Davis
Deposited On:14 Feb 2010 14:55
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 11:18

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