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Harvesting out-of-equilibrium forces for molecular control

Project description

Harnessing forces of nature to transport molecules at small scales

Mixing particles is an everyday experience, like stirring your morning coffee with a spoon. At the micro to nanoscale, such tools do not exist, making mixing and transport a challenge. A number of biological transport processes, from bacteria motion in the intestine to selective transport in ion channels in the brain, therefore have to rely on alternative strategies. Electrochemical gradients are only one of the many driving forces harnessed by biological or artificial systems. The EU-funded MolecularControl project is developing theoretical tools to better describe such out-of-equilibrium thermodynamics, opening the door to better control molecular transport and assembly in fields including health and energy.

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Net EU contribution
€ 275 619,84
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (1)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
70 Washington Square South
10003 1526 New York

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 177 265,92