Chemically Powered Synthetic “Living” Systems

Kayla Gentile, Ambika Somasundar, Ashlesha Bhide, Ayusman Sen

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Synthetic chemically powered active matter aims to reproduce many of the salient features of out-of-equilibrium living systems. These include exhibiting emergent properties and complex functions based on interactions with each other and the environment. In this perspective, we focus on some of the principal achievements to date, their significance, and their possible applications. We also outline several future challenges, such as designing memory and evolution into active systems and engineering “living” chimeras, which are hybrid systems involving communication and interaction between living and synthetic active matter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2174-2185
Number of pages12
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 10 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Biochemistry, medical
  • Materials Chemistry


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