// PI: Jan Lagerwall // Actuators, or artificial muscles, that are soft, that can take on arbitrary shapes and perform complex types of motion, have great potential for applications across a range of fields, from soft robotics to biotechnology, to dynamic architecture and responsive design. However, the options for developing such soft actuators are still … Continued

Understanding interactions and recognition in biological systems

// PI: Alexander Tkatchenko // Progress in biochemistry and molecular biology is consistently linked to a better knowledge of the structure of, and functional interplay between, biomolecules such as DNA, RNA, and proteins. Even though these building blocks of living matter may appear at first glance to lack a larger systematic order, it is well known … Continued

Life as nonequilibrium self-organized matter processing information

// PI: Massimiliano Esposito // The most complex behaviors known in the universe take place in living systems and thanks to unprecedented progress in nano- and bio-technologies we can study them quantitatively down to the molecular level. However, beside evolutionary theory, general principles to guide the quantitative study of living systems are completely missing.  From our … Continued