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EPSRC Reference: EP/D023343/1
Title: IDEAS Factory - Chemical Craftwork: CHELLnet: Unifying Investigation in Artificial Cellularity and Complexity
Principal Investigator: Davis, Professor B
Other Investigators:
Thomas, Professor JA Robertson, Professor N Whitaker, Professor JBC
Whitby, Professor RJ Steinke, Dr JHG Schroeder, Professor SLM
Khlobystov, Professor A Krasnogor, Professor N Courtial, Dr JK
Cronin, Professor L Alexander, Professor C
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Department: Oxford Chemistry
Organisation: University of Oxford
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 18 July 2005 Ends: 17 July 2009 Value (£): 28,565
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Biological & Medicinal Chem. Bioprocess Engineering
Chemical Synthetic Methodology Complex fluids & soft solids
Fundamentals of Computing Light-Matter Interactions
Modelling & simul. of IT sys. Non-linear Systems Mathematics
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Healthcare Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
Chemicals
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CHELLnet, the current proposal, is the product of very intensive discussions that took place during the EPSRC IDEAS factory Chemical Craftwork workshop. During these week-long discussions abiotic life, and hence the name - chemical cell, CHELL - was identified as a research umbrella for an exciting and adventurous research programme. The synthesis of abiotic life-like behaviour in complex chemical systems was recognized as sufficiently rich as to challenge to their limit each and every one of the expertises which were present at the workshop. Moreover, it offered the opportunity to forge novel and unexpected links between various, until now, unrelated research threads. It was agreed by the partners that the research was timely, exciting and that it could ultimately play a major role in redefining chemistry as a discipline. The novelty, and hence the challenges, of the proposed research program lies in the break with the normal view that life-like behaviour can only arise from biological components (nucleic acids, proteins etc). Instead, we are aiming at a much wider view of life, complexity and chemical synthesis. The CHELLnet is an open inclusive network intended to facilitate the coordination of projects examining CHELLs.
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