Systems Chemistry: How can reactions shape the macroscopic world?
Presenter: Oliver Steinbock
Published: March 2008
Age: 22 and upwards
Views: 1000 views
Abstract: 21st century chemistry is slowly expanding its concepts into the realm of supermolecular phenomena. However, few tools exist for explaining, creating and controlling complex macroscopic structures and dynamics. In this talk, I discuss our vision to explore chemical systems that create such complexity via emergent phenomena in non-equilibrium conditions. The feasibility as well as the intellectual and technological merits of this research will be demonstrated for two specific examples: hierarchically structured silica/ZnO tubes and autocatalytic reaction-fronts in three-dimensional media.