USRA Seminar

Design principles of molecular machines

Thursday, 27 July 2017 12:00PM PDT
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USRA Seminar
 
David Sivak
SFU Physics
 
Design principles of molecular machines
 
Jul 27, 2017 at 12PM
 

Synopsis

Henry Ford was no big deal compared to natural selection.  Over a billion years, living things have evolved a menagerie of microscopic machines that achieve similar functions to their human-sized counterparts (car engines), but are 100 million times smaller.  I'll discuss the unfamiliar physics-archive these machines experience, stemming from their tiny size and soft-matter building blocks.  I'll also talk a bit about recent work (including our own) on the resulting design principles governing efficient operation of these marvelous molecular machines.