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Published: 26 January 2016  
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An artificial system that's like life

Supramolecular chemistry could provide new, innovative materials for applications for medicine, data storage and other areas. Some European countries even have national programmes devoted to this field. The ASSEMZYME project is using EU funding to train a research candidate in this cutting-edge science.

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Supramolecular chemistry is a rapidly growing field that focuses on complex structures formed by the interactions between molecules or within a molecule.

Understanding those interactions provides a powerful approach for developing new self-assembled materials with applications in areas as diverse as medicine, materials technology and data storage.

Funded through the EU’s Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowship programme, ASSEMZYME is enabling a budding researcher to follow training on this science. Over two years the research fellow plans to develop ways to use supramolecular chemistry to develop artificial systems that mimic living systems.

This research aims to achieve fundamental new insights into non-equilibrium self-assembly, opening the door to the creation of truly adaptive, self-healing, life-like complex artificial systems.

The research will take place at the University of Strasbourg, one of Europe’s hotspots for supramolecular chemistry. This year’s International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry was held at the university, an indication of its importance in the field.

Project details

  • Project acronym:ASSEMZYME
  • Participants:France (Coordinator)
  • Project Reference N° 658190
  • Total cost: €173 076
  • EU contribution: €173 076
  • Duration:March 2015 - March 2017

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