FMS Research Center

Academy Colloquium on ‘Functional molecular systems going out-of-equilibrium’


The Research Center for Functional Molecular Systems in collaboration with The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Academy) organized a 2-day Academy Colloquium on ‘Functional molecular systems going out-of-equilibrium’. This took place in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) on September 21-22, 2016. Academy Colloquia are small, exclusive expert meetings, hosted and funded by the Academy. They are held at the Academy’s Trippenhuis Building in Amsterdam. 

Academy Colloquium Group Photo
Academy colloquium participants and speakers (Trippenhuis, Amsterdam – 21.09.2016) – Photo by Alex Tromp (KNAW)

Colloquium description:

This two-day Academy Colloquium aims to bring scholars from different fields of chemistry together to discuss the future trends and challenges of all aspects of molecular machines, adaptive materials, and out-of-equilibrium systems. Where the focus is on artificial life-like molecular systems, also similarities and differences between natural and artificial systems will be discussed.

Chemistry for long has been focused on the synthesis and study of individual molecules with an unprecedented impact of today’s life, with the development of catalysts, materials, drugs, etc. Current interest sparks on studying dynamic functional molecular systems based on the controlled interplay of many (weak) intermolecular interactions between molecules. Being inspired by nature and all living matter, chemists are now realizing systems that possess some of the specific functions and properties of these natural systems, like oscillation, molecular networks, Darwin-like molecular evolution, molecular motion, etc. An interdisciplinary approach is a prerequisite in this new area of science; the colloquium will address the most important links and aims at closing the gap between fantasy and reality.

Preceding the colloquium a one-day master class will be held for PhD students and post-docs (September 20, 2016). The master class will be the start of a national master course where all aspects of adaptive molecular systems and out-of-equilibrium systems will be discussed. Confirmed master class speakers are Dr. Annette Taylor and Dr. Rafal Klajn with follow-up days on October 4, October 18, and November 1, 2016.

Check here the colloquium program and other information. Attendance to these colloquia is by invitation only.



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Program committee:

  • Prof. Bert Meijer (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • Prof. Ben Feringa (University of Groningen)
  • Prof. Jan van Hest (Radboud University)
  • Prof. Wilhelm Huck (Radboud University)

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