Active growth and pattern formation in membrane-protein systems

Condensed Matter lunchtime seminar

Active growth and pattern formation in membrane-protein systems

  • Event time: 1:00pm until 2:00pm
  • Event date: 28th January 2019
  • Speaker: Francesco Cagnetta (Formerly School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Room 2511,

Event details

The essential features of many interfaces driven out of equilibrium are described by the same equation---the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang equation. How do living interfaces, such as the cell membrane, fit into this picture? 

Following a universal approach, we have built an active-interface model that may address the question. In the talk I will lead the audience through the principles that led us to the model, and discuss its most intriguing implications for membrane-protein systems and the more general problem of motion in fluctuating media.

About Condensed Matter lunchtime seminars

This is a weekly series of informal talks given primarily by members of the soft condensed matter and statistical mechanics groups, but is also open to members of other groups and external visitors. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and learning of various topics at a level suitable to the broad background of the group. Everyone is welcome to attend..

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