Computing the Horribleness of Soft Condensed Matter
19 Oct 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Eric Jakobsson
A great triumph of computer simulations 40 years ago was to make the liquid state of matter understandable in terms of physical
interactions between individual molecules. Prior to the first simulations of liquid argon and liquid water in the 1960's, there was
no quantitatively rigorous molecular physics of the liquid state. Simple liquids are the simplest form of soft condensed matter.
Living material is possibly the most complex. It might be argued that the complexity of life is made possible by the subtle
balance and variety of physical interactions inherent in soft condensed matter. In this talk we consider the challenge of
understanding this state of matter with particular examples biological and biomimetic membranes.
From Research to Learning in Chemistry through Visualization and Computation
17 May 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Eric Jakobsson
Modern chemistry research and high school chemistry education are separated by institutional and geographical boundaries. As such, much of secondary chemistry education is still based on the periodic table instead of the computational methods that drive current chemistry research. In this talk, Professor Jakobsson introduces a method of infusing chemistry education with computational and visualization tools that will make research and learning a continuum instead of separate enterprises. He ...
The Functional Protocell concept
23 Mar 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Eric Jakobsson
We have invented and created the first prototype of the Functional Protocell.
We define the “functional protocell" as a nanoporous solid surrounded by a membrane. The cavities in the solid can be filled with any desired electrolyte up to the limit of solubility. The surrounding membrane can contain any combination of membrane proteins. Thus the functional protocell can be imbued with any array of intracellular and membrane processes that are desired. It can be considered analogous to either ...