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Electronic Chemical Cell

Electronic Chemical Cell

Objective

ECCell
The aim of the project is to establish a novel basis for future embedded information technology by constructing the first electronically programmable chemical cell. Thisis naturally a high-risk, embryonic research project, but aimed at a breakthrough which will lay the foundation for immersed micro- and nanoscale molecular information processing with a paradigm shift to digitally programmable chemical systems. Chemical cells must combine self-replication, self-containment and self-regulation of resources (metabolism) enabling evolution to qualify as alive. ECCell will employ novel families of fully synthetic hybrid informational polyelectrolyte copolymers (not simply DNA), which simultaneously support all three cell functionalities. Their microscopic multiphase self-assembly under electric field control is the primary information processing mode of this technology. Realtime digital electric field control sequences, regulating the semi-autonomous self-assembly and reactive molecular processing, will both provide an online programming methodology for these complex systems and potentially serve as electronic genomes for the chemical cells. Programming methodologies (beyond optimal control theory) will be explored and evaluated which deal effectively with the remote real time distributed regulation of these novel semi-autonomous combinatorially complex chemical systems. The research will establish an effective IT interface between microelectronic and molecular information processing, by demonstrating its use to achieve a hard chemical synthetic systems objective (an artificial cell) opening a platform for programming a novel chemical living technology at the microscale.

Coordinator

RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM

Address

Universitaetsstrasse 150
44801 Bochum

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 152 349

Administrative Contact

John McCaskill (Prof.)

Participants (4)

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SYDDANSK UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 257 550

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 257 550

UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 75 000

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 257 550

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 222422

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2008

  • End date

    31 December 2011

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 617 766

  • EU contribution

    € 1 999 999

Coordinated by:

RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM

Germany