Collections of molecules that react and interact can show properties that go well beyond the sum of the parts. Life is a prime example of an emergent property of such a complex chemical system. Systems chemistry is concerned with establishing the design rules that enable new functions to be created and using these principles for the construction of reaction networks and materials with dynamic and adaptive properties that go well beyond those of traditional synthetic systems and materials. Where in life many of the adaptive properties are underpinned by metabolism, in systems chemistry complex networks of chemical reactions and interactions are being developed, that are sustained by the continuous supply of energy, often involving the turnover of high-energy fuels. The second GRC on Systems Chemistry will focus on efforts to establish a theoretical and experimental framework to enable understanding, analysis, modelling and, ultimately, design and synthesis of complex systems that show life-like functions that cannot be achieved using conventional chemistry approaches. Specific topics that will be addressed are dissipative self-assembly, nonlinear dynamics, active materials, the origins and synthesis of life, controlled molecular movement and motility and the engineering and modelling of complex systems.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. Please check back regularly for updates to this information.
- From Self-Assembly to Life Through Modelling and Experiment
- Origins and Synthesis of Life
- Fueled Reaction Networks and Metabolic Materials
- Navigating Shallow Energy Landscapes in Supramolecular Systems
- Emergent Catalysis, Machines and Motility
- Active and Adaptive Materials Through Molecular Self-Assembly
- Active and Adaptive Materials Based on Nanoparticles or Colloids
- Biological Systems Chemistry
- Systems Chemistry in Flow