Special Issue "Emergence in Chemical Systems"

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A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2011)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Pierre-Alain Monnard
FLinT center, Institute for Physics and Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej, 55, 5230 Odense M, Denmark
E-Mail: monnard@ifk.sdu.dk
Phone: +45 6550 4437
Fax: +45 6615 8760
Interests: self-replicating chemical systems and protocells; interface catalysis and membrane chemistry; microcompartmentalization; non-enzymatic polymerization; RNA world

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The concept of emergence in chemical systems is challenging to define. In general, the term refers to phenomena in which the structures and behavior of multicomponent systems exceed those predicted from knowledge of the individual components. Entropy is at the core of emergent properties, driving essential processes such as self-assembly of lipid bilayers and folding of macromolecules, as well as molecular recognition.

The first appearance of living systems on the early Earth can be understood as an emergent phenomenon, because the simpler progenitors of living cells referred to as protocells were composed of a self-assembled collection of molecules that by themselves were non-living, yet together exhibited properties of self-maintenance, self-reproduction and evolution.

Because such system-level processes also occur in simpler chemical assemblies, emergence can be studied in model systems that display functions similar to those of living systems. Examples of such systems include dissipative structures like those generated by the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction, and molecular networks that consume energy and resources to achieve cooperative growth and self-replication, as well as to react to external constraints.

Studies of such systems conducted both in laboratory settings and in silico are leading to a deeper understanding of the complexity underlying emergent properties. This special issue of Entropy provides a repository for information, research and insight regarding emergent phenomena in chemical systems.

Pierre-Alain Monnard
Guest Editor

Keywords

  • emergent properties
  • chemical systems
  • self-assembly
  • self-replication
  • self-maintenance
  • metabolism
  • molecular networks
  • dissipative structures
  • protocells
  • minimal cell
  • logic gates
  • motility
  • evolution
  • adaptation
  • energetics

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p. 1882-1903
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Entropy 2011, 13(10), 1882-1903; doi:10.3390/e13101882
Received: 27 September 2011; Accepted: 13 October 2011 / Published: 21 October 2011
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p. 709-719
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Entropy 2011, 13(3), 709-719; doi:10.3390/e13030709
Received: 17 December 2010; in revised form: 31 January 2011 / Accepted: 4 March 2011 / Published: 18 March 2011
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p. 518-527
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Entropy 2011, 13(2), 518-527; doi:10.3390/e13020518
Received: 14 December 2010; in revised form: 14 January 2011 / Accepted: 10 February 2011 / Published: 15 February 2011
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p. 466-484
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Entropy 2011, 13(2), 466-484; doi:10.3390/e13020466
Received: 23 December 2010; in revised form: 13 January 2011 / Accepted: 24 January 2011 / Published: 10 February 2011
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p. 17-37
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Entropy 2011, 13(1), 17-37; doi:10.3390/e13010017
Received: 4 November 2010; in revised form: 14 December 2010 / Accepted: 20 December 2010 / Published: 24 December 2010
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Entropy 2010, 12(12), 2450-2469; doi:10.3390/e12122450
Received: 4 November 2010; in revised form: 7 December 2010 / Accepted: 15 December 2010 / Published: 17 December 2010
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p. 2308-2332
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Entropy 2010, 12(11), 2308-2332; doi:10.3390/e12112308
Received: 25 September 2010; in revised form: 19 October 2010 / Accepted: 7 November 2010 / Published: 16 November 2010
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Entropy 2010, 12(7), 1733-1742; doi:10.3390/e12071733
Received: 16 May 2010; Accepted: 28 June 2010 / Published: 30 June 2010
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