When two or more molecules interact, complex phenomena can emerge. Such phenomena can lead to important functions such as adaptation to external stimuli, self-regulation, and self-repair. Although this behavior is often found in biological systems, understanding and controlling emergent phenomena in synthetic chemical systems is one of the grand challenges facing chemistry today. In this project, the principles and tools of organic photochemistry will be used to investigate this fascinating subject. The results will provide new fundamental insights into emergent phenomena and provide the basis for applications in fields ranging from nanotechnology and biomedicine to population biology and national security. The process will provide training for a new generation of investigators, including those from groups traditionally under-represented in the sciences.
|Effective start/end date||9/1/09 → 8/31/13|
- National Science Foundation (NSF): $547,500.00