Articles written by Sarah Webb

About the Author

Sarah Webb is senior science writer at the Krell Institute. Her work has appeared in Nature, Discover, Chemical & Engineering News, Nature Biotechnology and, and she contributed to The Science Writers’ Handbook (Da Capo, 2013). She holds a Ph.D. in chemistry, a bachelor’s degree in German and completed a Fulbright fellowship doing organic chemistry research in Germany.

December 2018

Revving up chemistry

December, 2018 Updated: December, 2018

Exascale computing, combined with redesigned computational chemistry software, could help researchers develop new renewable energy materials and greener chemical processes.


October 2018


October, 2018 Updated: October, 2018

Supercomputing power and increasing genomic data are allowing Oak Ridge researchers to examine drought tolerance in plants and other big biological questions.


May 2018

Meeting the eye

May, 2018 Updated: May, 2018

A Brookhaven National Laboratory computer scientist is building software to help researchers interact with their data in new ways.


October 2017

Enhancing enzymes

October, 2017 Updated: February, 2018

High-quality computational models of enzyme catalysts could lead to improved access to biofuels and better carbon capture.


June 2017

Materials cookbook

June, 2017 Updated: February, 2018

A Berkeley Lab project computes a range of materials properties and boosts the development of new technologies.


June 2016

Early-universe soup

June, 2016 Updated: June, 2016

ORNL’s Titan supercomputer is helping Brookhaven physicists understand the matter that formed microseconds after the Big Bang.


August 2015

Layered look

August, 2015 Updated: August, 2015

With help from the Titan supercomputer, an Oak Ridge National Laboratory team is peering at the chemistry and physics between the layers of superconducting materials.


November 2010

Pressure and flow

November, 2010 Updated: November, 2011

The first large-scale simulation of blood flow in coronary arteries enlists a realistic description of the vessels’ geometries. Researchers reported on the simulation today at the SC10 supercomputing conference in New Orleans.


Computational sciences gets a Harvard institute

November, 2010 Updated: March, 2011

Projects such as looking at blood flow in the coronary arteries highlight the value of computation to understand problems in a variety of disciplines, including engineering, medicine, biology, the physical sciences and business. Seeing the need to expand course offerings and graduate student research opportunities, Cherry Murray, dean of the Harvard School of Engineering and […]