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Soft Matter Nanotechnology to Create Life-Like Machines

Objective

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.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/cell biology
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biophysics
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

ERC-2008-AdG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-AG - ERC Advanced Grant

Host institution

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Address
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41296 Goeteborg
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 2 500 000
Principal investigator
Owe Orwar (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Karin Ryrberg (Ms.)

Beneficiaries (1)

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 2 500 000
Address
-
41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
Owe Orwar (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Karin Ryrberg (Ms.)