Popular science websites by CookandKaye
making your work accessible to the public
An important role for any website is attracting appropriate visitors. We have the scientific and technical background to understand your research, and to develop attractive, interactive components, movies or micro-sites. These make research more accesible, and increase visitor numbers.
We have also developed interactive features through to course modules for online education at all levels.
Popular science websites
Directed diffusion across a surface energy gradient
The movie depicting Directed diffusion across a surface energy gradient was prepared by CookandKaye website design, working directly from preprints of the authors' scientific manuscript. The movie was released to coincide with the paper's publication and extensive publicity by the Unviersity of Sheffield (see for example Step Forward For Nanotechnology: Controlled Movement Of Molecules in Science Daily)
The interactive movie uses a stylised polymer chain to depict the actual movement inferred by the research workers from a wide range of nanoscale analytical techniques.
ScienceWords is a project supported by Professor Sir Harry Kroto to make attractive scientific images available to students and the general public. The hope is that these will provide a natural catalyst to our curiosity. (Sir Harry Kroto and colleagues were awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1996)
The website is based on an open source gallery, which we have 'skinned' to give it a unique and eye-catching appearance.
Nanofolio research features
Nanofolio research features covers a series of animated features introducing some of the ongoing research in nanotechnology at the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield (Nanofolio). Current research highlights include propulsion systems for small particles, organic nano-scale light emitting diodes, electrothermal modelling of integrated circuits and insulating film-based biosensors.
Copy, images and movies for the website were derived directly from members' research papers, with their approval! Some features were created from virtual 3D models of nanoscale structures also created by CookandKaye.
The EPSRC nanotechnology image library
The EPSRC nanotechnology image library was created with grant aid from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Images were collected and post processed by Andy Eccleston to provide a resource of scientifically accurate images about nanotechnology and nanoscale science and engineering. The site also hosts a number of videos about different topics in the subject.
The site also feeds images at random to the Nanofolio home page.
What is nanotechnology?
What is Nanotechnology? aims to put the nano world into context for high school children, examining some of the reasons why nanotechnology has become so important, and taking a critical look at the future this technology may offer us. The site offers a range of resources, plus links to selected sites on the internet for further information.
The site content was written by Barry Kaye of CookandKaye with scientific input from the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield nanofolio. It includes an interactive feature taking the visitor on a trip down the scales from a football to a buckyball - both with the same structure, but with eight orders of magnitude difference in size. Other aspects of nanotechnology are illustrated with artwork and short animations, all developed by CookandKaye.
To maximise accessibility the interactive scales movie is supported by additional notes and images beneath it. These reinforce the message, make it accessible to people using audio browsers, and provide additional information and links to further resources for interested students.
With a radio, television, web and actual visiting audience of over 2.5 million people Wonderland Sheffield was a great success. This evocative work instigated a curious and receptive response at Meadowhall shopping centre, the Botanical Gardens and other sites from a broad range of people.
Polymer Centre research features
We created the first Polymer Centre research feature in 2003, and have added to the series on an occasional basis since that date.
The features provide a background to some of the research undertaken at the Polymer Centre, which conducts research into every aspect of polymer science, from synthesis of novel polymeric materials through to applications in the consumer, health care, textiles, aerospace and other industries.
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