Special Issue "Quantum Physics of Living Matter"

A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2012)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Antonio Bianconi

Rome International Center for Materials Science Superstripes (RICMASS), Via dei Sabelli 119A, 00185 Roma, Italy
Website | E-Mail
Fax: +39 06 4957697
Interests: synchrotron radiation research; protein fluctuations; active sites of metalloproteins; origin of life; selected molecules in prebiotic world; quantum phenomena in complex matter; quantum confinement; superstripes in complex matter; lattice complexity in transition metal oxides; high Tc superconductors; valence fluctuation materials
Guest Editor
Mr. Nicola Poccia

Superstripes Group., Physics Department, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Website | E-Mail

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today at the beginning of the second tens of the XXI century, the most challenging step for science is to understand the living state of matter. In fact the molecular ingredients and the networks of molecular interactions essential to drive non living molecular matter to the living state have been identified. Understanding photosynthesis, evolution, and the cell behavior, the flow of  information in the cell, feedback loops among multi-spatial and multi-temporal scales, cooperative and coherentfluctuations of protein, bio-molecular motors, and neurons, require new statistical physical ideas and a tremendous interdisciplinary effort is needed to overcome the difficulty of the problem.

Quantum phenomena in living systems are emerging recently and require a cross-fertilization between the advances in different fields. Several authors have proposed a non trivial role of quantum mechanics in the non-equilibrium physical state of living matter. In this issue, therefore, we would like to invite scholars who have embraced such an interdisciplinary approach in their research activity in this field to present their results.

Prof. Dr. Antonio Bianconi
Mr. Nicola Poccia
Guest Editors


  • living matter
  • life
  • cell
  • neurons
  • bio-molecular motors
  • evolution
  • networks
  • out of equilibrium statistical physics
  • complexity
  • quantum phenomena

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

Journal Contact

Life Editorial Office
St. Alban-Anlage 66, 4052 Basel, Switzerland
Tel. +41 61 683 77 34
Fax: +41 61 302 89 18
Editorial Board
Contact Details Submit to Life Edit a special issue Review for Life
Back to Top