clear
Saturday May 23rd, 2015 7:55AM

NGCSU professor joins MERCURY Consortium

By Staff
DAHLONEGA - A chemistry professor at North Georgia College & State University has become one of only 17 professors in the country granted access to the MERCURY Super-Computing Cluster.

Dr. Aimée Tomlinson, associate professor of chemistry at North Georgia, has joined MERCURY (Molecular Education and Research Consortium in Undergraduate computational chemistRY), a group of undergraduate institutions that promotes research in computational chemistry. North Georgia is one of only 14 institutions granted access to MERCURY's resources, a cluster of high-performance computers used by chemistry students and researchers at multiple undergraduate institutions across the country.

"Our acceptance into the consortium will allow us access to the MERCURY Super-Computing Cluster," said Tomlinson, one of only 17 professors with access to the cluster. "The type of calculations we do in computational chemistry could take a month to perform on a normal computer, but the cluster can perform those calculations in about eight hours."

Created and directed by Dr. George Shields, MERCURY holds an annual symposium during which students present research conducted with aid from the super-computing cluster. The first MERCURY symposium was held in 2002. Shields spoke at North Georgia in 2009, and invited Tomlinson to participate in that year's symposium.

Tomlinson was invited to join the consortium in December 2011 and two of her students presented research this summer at the 2012 symposium. Before gaining access to MERCURY, Tomlinson's students had performed their calculations via super-computing clusters in Pittsburgh and San Diego.

"Being a part of MERCURY will allow us to run high-power calculations even faster," Tomlinson said. "It also makes training students in these calculations much easier."

One of Tomlinson's main projects is developing organic materials for use in solar cells. She and her students use super-computing clusters to perform the calculations for potential structures, and then make recommendations based on these results to Tomlinson's synthetic collaborators at Iowa State University.

"The research focuses on benzobisazoles, a synthetic compound that we manipulate the core of to make it more conducive to collecting and storing solar energy," Tomlinson said.
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Fiscal cliff may determine gas prices at start of 2013
Retail gas prices climb as 2012 comes to end. While gas prices are likely to rise into next year, whether or not a deal is made to avoid the fiscal cliff will determine if prices continue on an upward trend.
6:18AM ( 2 years ago )
Business News
Couch names administrative team
Ahead of his scheduled swearing in Friday, Hall County Sheriff-elect Gerald Couch named his top administrative team Monday.
6:28PM ( 2 years ago )
Tech beats Southern California in Sun Bowl
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
5:54PM ( 2 years ago )
Hall Co. officials launch health-based initiative for employees
Hall County officials believe healthy county employees will be of greater service to the county. With that in mind, they have created a health-based fitness initiative to provide free fitness training for county workers.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
UNG plans to occupy top floor of Cumming City Hall
Due to program and enrollment growth at its Cumming Campus, the University of North Georgia plans to lease the top floor of the Cumming City Hall for its Master of Business Administration and continuing education and professional development programs, that according to Associate Vice President of University Relations Kate Maine.
By Submitted
6:16PM ( 1 day ago )
Flowery Branch moves forward with downtown redevelopment
The Flowery Branch City Council has given approval to start the pre-design work on a redesign of the city's downtown area.
7:38PM ( 3 days ago )
Hall Co. fire services promotes first female Chief Officer
Hall County Fire Services has promoted Captain Christie Grice to Battilion Chief of Business Services, the first promotion of a female to a Chief Officer position in the department's history.
6:24PM ( 3 days ago )
Hall Sheriff discusses law enforcement in South Hall, nation
With two-thirds of Hall County’s population living south of Oakwood (according to the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce) the South Hall Business Coalition wanted to hear from Sheriff Gerald Couch and tour the new Sheriff’s Office headquarters building that opened in their part of the county in November 2014.
11:44AM ( 3 days ago )
Greater Hall Chamber honors businesses, community leaders
The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce gathered Thursday celebrate the past year and to recognize some of the businesses and people who made it possible.
9:00PM ( 1 week ago )