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Laboratory of nonequilibrium complex systems

Nom de l'équipe de recherche

Laboratory of nonequilibrium complex systems

Responsable de l'équipe

Thomas Hermans

Coordonnées du responsable

Tél : +33 (0) 36 88 55 173
Courriel : hermans@unistra.fr

UMR d'appartenance

Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS)

 

 

Thèmes de recherche en cours

 

 

The way most synthetic self-assembled structures are currently made is by adding the various dissolved building blocks (for example molecules
or proteins) together in closed container – and then the magic happens! Well, it’s not magic really, the building blocks interact and form ordered
structures. This approach works well if the kinetics of formation are relatively fast (“they are formed fast”) and the desired structure is the thermodynamically
favorable one. The result is a wealth of intricate molecular assemblies, which have had an important impact in e.g. materials science,
catalysis, medicine. Living systems found in Nature, on the other hand, operate far away from thermodynamic equilibrium and are able to
do so for extended periods of time (until they die and then reach thermodynamic equilibrium). They seem to defy the second law of thermodynamics,
which states that in a closed system, entropy should be maximized and therefore disorder should be the preferred outcome. As we can see
around us, living systems are far from being disordered and, more impressively, they are able to achieve highly organized states from disordered
starting materials (e.g. sun light, minerals and gasses). Our lab is working on different nonequilibrium systems to try to obtain synthetic systems
that are more like living systems. Please contact us for more information!

Adresse du site web de l'équipe (s'il existe)

www.hermanslab.com

Nombre de permanents dans l'équipe  (dont ….. avec Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches)