Self-assembling molecules have hidden neural network-like abilities

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 - 09:45

A new study by Dr Constantine Evans of Maynooth University and researchers at the University of Chicago and California Institute of Technology, published in Nature, shows how the molecules that build structures can do both the thinking and the doing.

The paper is titled "Pattern recognition in the nucleation kinetics of non-equilibrium self-assembly". Funding was provided by the National Science Foundation (USA), the Evans Foundation for Molecular Medicine, the European Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland, the University of Chicago Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, the Simons Foundation, and the Carver Mead New Adventures Fund. 

Dr Constantine Evans is a Research Fellow in Prof Damien Woods' group at the Hamilton Institute in Maynooth University.