Simple Dynamics of Complex Systems: from Nuclei to Fish
Professor Martin Gruebele (University of Illinois, Department of Chemistry)
Host: Professor Weitao Yang
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 11:40am to 1:10pm
Location: French Family Science Center 2237
Rosenthal, Janet

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Abstract:  Seemingly complex chemical systems often have simple underlying dynamics, decorated by effects that sometimes hide the simplicity, much to the entertainment of theorists and experimentalists alike. I will present four experimental and/or computational studies as time permits, with some computation and modeling to rationalize the experimental observations: coherently control of nuclear motion to enhance fusion, visualization of localized orbitals in quantum dots and carbon nanotubes; protein folding and protein-protein interactions from in vitro to in cell to in vivo, and dynamical analysis of vertebrate swimming behavior.