We propose several new soft-matter nanotechnology-bases where the underlying principles of operation as well as the materials used are derived or inspired by biological systems. Specifically, in one aspect we wish to develop nanoscale biomimetic components, some of them with complex capacities (such as memory functions) that can perform a task in a useful device setup and that are mainly KT-driven (thermal energy-no external power source needed). A central issue relates to remote control of nanoscale soft-matter devices using microfluidics integration. Specifically, control of reactor shape, volume, connectivity, reactant concentrations etc are proposed. In another aspect, we wish to address central questions in biochemistry, biophysics and cell biology pertaining to among other things nanotube-mediated transport in cell-and cell-hybrid networks, and reaction dynamics in geometrically fluctuating nanoenvironments.
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