Accelrys, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACCL), a leading provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management solutions, today announced the release of the Accelrys Materials Studio® 7.0 modeling and simulation environment for chemists, polymer scientists and other materials scientists. The latest release contains enhancements in quantum mechanics, classical simulation, usability, visualization and collaboration, enabling scientists to engineer better performing and more cost-effective materials across a wide range of applications including pharmaceuticals, catalysts, polymers, composites, metals, alloys, batteries, fuel cells and more.

Accelrys Materials Studio 7.0 also extends computational science across more people by enabling project teams to model and evaluate materials performance and behavior using best-practice protocols developed by computational experts and shared with project teams across all stages of the scientific innovation lifecycle, from lab to commercialization. Studies have shown that the use of advanced modeling and simulation software can greatly reduce the number of experiments required to introduce new materials while also improving return on investment and time to market.

"Accelrys Materials Studio 7.0 delivers more science and more applications to more people," said Leif Pedersen, senior vice president, marketing, product management and corporate development, Accelrys. "New scientific capabilities and productivity improvements in the latest release of Accelrys' industry-leading materials modeling and simulation software will help scientists screen more materials faster, with greater accuracy and less effort, saving time and resources while accelerating innovation across a broad range of consumer and commercial products."

Accelrys Materials Studio 7.0 provides best-in-class, multi-scale modeling in a single unified environment supporting:

  • More Science: Advancements in solubility property prediction of solvents and polymers;  new forcefield types extending "classical simulation" capabilities to include ionic liquids and improved parameters for heterocyclic systems; increased electron transport prediction properties such as transmission and current-voltage curves; faster core performance enabling faster, more accurate studies.
  • More Applications: Improved solubility property prediction provides better understanding of solvation properties with implications for specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, consumer packaged goods and food & beverages; extended forcefields enable scientists to study more materials with greater accuracy; understanding properties of electronic materials such as organic light-emitting diodes enables scientists to study new materials in the areas of electronics and fuel cell development.
  • More People: New script functionality and continued integration with the Accelrys Enterprise Platform and Accelrys Pipeline Pilot scientific workflow authoring application extends Materials Studio use "beyond the experts," enabling computational scientists to quickly create and deploy new tools and methods to other team members.

Accelrys Materials Studio enables scientists to perform highly complex materials research easily and efficiently using multi-scale simulation methods to construct, manipulate and view models of molecules, crystalline materials, surfaces, polymers and mesoscale structures. By understanding and predicting the relationships between a material's atomic and molecular structure and its properties and behaviors, materials scientists can develop better performing materials of all types faster and more efficiently than with test and experimentation alone. The computational methods provided by Materials Studio have been validated in many publications by scientists around the world.

This story is reprinted from material from Accelrys, Inc., with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.