Towards heterotic computing with droplets in a fully automated droplet-maker platform

Henson, A. , Parrilla Gutierrez, J. M. , Hinkley, T., Tsuda, S. and Cronin, L. (2015) Towards heterotic computing with droplets in a fully automated droplet-maker platform. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 373(2046), 20140221. (doi:10.1098/rsta.2014.0221) (PMID:26078348)

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Abstract

The control and prediction of complex chemical systems is a difficult problem due to the nature of the interactions, transformations and processes occurring. From self-assembly to catalysis and self-organization, complex chemical systems are often heterogeneous mixtures that at the most extreme exhibit system-level functions, such as those that could be observed in a living cell. In this paper, we outline an approach to understand and explore complex chemical systems using an automated droplet maker to control the composition, size and position of the droplets in a predefined chemical environment. By investigating the spatio-temporal dynamics of the droplets, the aim is to understand how to control system-level emergence of complex chemical behaviour and even view the system-level behaviour as a programmable entity capable of information processing. Herein, we explore how our automated droplet-maker platform could be viewed as a prototype chemical heterotic computer with some initial data and example problems that may be viewed as potential chemically embodied computations.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Henson, Dr Alon and Cronin, Professor Lee and Parrilla Gutierrez, Dr Juan Manuel and Hinkley, Dr Trevor and Tsuda, Dr Soichiro
Authors: Henson, A., Parrilla Gutierrez, J. M., Hinkley, T., Tsuda, S., and Cronin, L.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Publisher:Royal Society
ISSN:1364-503X
ISSN (Online):2053-9231
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 373(2046):20140221
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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