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Academy Colloquium: Functional molecular systems going out-of-equilibrium

21 September 2016  -  22 September 2016
Trippenhuis Building, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
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This two-day Academy Colloquium brings scientists from different fields of chemistry together to discuss future trends and challenges involved in all aspects of molecular machines, adaptive materials and out-of-equilibrium systems.

Image source: Simpsons contributor via Wikimedia CommonsWhere the focus is on lifelike artificial molecular systems, the discussion will also address similarities and differences between natural and artificial systems.

Chemistry has long focused on individual molecules and their synthesis, with the development of catalysts, materials, drugs and so on having an unprecedented impact on life today. Now our interest is shifting to dynamic functional molecular systems based on the controlled interplay of many weak intermolecular interactions between molecules.

Taking their inspiration from nature and all living matter, chemists are now creating systems that possess some of the specific functions and properties of these natural systems, for example oscillation, molecular networks, Darwin-like molecular evolution and molecular motion. An interdisciplinary approach is a prerequisite in this new area of science; the colloquium will address the most important links and attempt to bridge the gap between fantasy and reality.

Image: Computer simulation of Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction. Source: Simpsons contributor via Wikimedia Commons

Master class

The one-day master class (20 September 2016) is intended for fifty PhD students and post-docs. More information: website FMS Research Center.


Prof. E.W. Meijer (Eindhoven University of Technology), Prof. W.T. Huck (Radboud University), Prof. J.C.M. van Hest (Radboud University), Prof. B.L. Feringa (University of Groningen) and Dr M. Comellas Aragonès (FMS Research Center).