Special Issue "Quantum Physics of Living Matter"
A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2012)
Prof. Antonio Bianconi
Rome International Center for Materials Science Superstripes (RICMASS), Via dei Sabelli 119A, 00185 Roma, Italy
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Interests: Experimental methods: synchrotron radiation research, XANES spectroscopy, many body effects in XANES, scanning micro x-ray diffraction; Materials: transition metal oxides, high Tc superconductors, metallo-proteins, biological systems; Quantum phenomena in complex matter: lattice and electronic complexity, polymorphism, valence fluctuation, multi-band Hubbard models, superstripes, nanoscale electronic phase separation, protein fluctuations, effective charge and coordination in active sites of metalloproteins, origin of life
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
- living matter
- bio-molecular motors
- out of equilibrium statistical physics
- quantum phenomena