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    Electronic Visualisation in Chemistry: From Alchemy to Art

    Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2013)

    London, UK, 29 - 31 July 2013


    Karl Harrison, Jonathan P. Bowen & Alice M. Bowen


    Chemists now routinely use software as part of their work. For example, virtual chemistry allows chemical reactions to be simulated. In particular, a selection of software is available for the visualisation of complex 3-dimensional molecular structures. Many of these are very beautiful in their own right. As well as being included as illustrations in academic papers, such visualisations are often used on the covers of chemistry journals as artistically decorative and attractive motifs. Chemical images have also been used as the basis of artworks in exhibitions. This paper explores the development of the relationship of chemistry, art and IT. It covers some of the increasingly sophisticated software used to generate these projections (e.g. UCSF Chimera) and their progressive use as a visual art form.


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