IISER Kolkata Lecture by Dibyendu Das | “Mimicking Living Matter that Evades Equilibrium”
IISER Kolkata is hosting an online lecture by Dibyendu Das “Mimicking Living Matter that Evades Equilibrium”. Interested candidates can join the lecture by the link given below. It will be hosted on Wednesday, Apr 07, 2021 Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m
Date and time
Wednesday, Apr 07, 2021
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
There remain critical gaps in our understanding of the emergence of functional biopolymers in the origins of Earth’s biosphere. For instance, extant proteins, evolved over millions of years, carry out an impressive array of responsibilities, from catalysis and molecular recognition to motility and compartmentalization. One of the major goals of our lab is to investigate the possible origins of advanced enzymatic functions from folds of short peptide-based paracrystalline phases.1,2 Further, we are excited in understanding the non-equilibrium structures of living systems.3-6 The fact that living matter continuously consumes energy to generate and sustain local order suggests that bioenergetics played a critical role in biopolymer evolution that predated the emergence of life. Through my talk, I will show our recent discoveries of simple chemical systems that can be substrate-driven to access higher energy self-assembled states, just as seen in Natural microtubules. Further, I will attempt to sketch our aims of developing self-assembled autonomous materials that can show temporal control of functions. 3,5-8.