The relevance of inorganic nonlinear chemical reactions for the origin of life studies

Ylenia Miele, Zsófia Medveczky, I. Lagzi, Marcello A. Budroni, Federico Rossi

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Abstract

We discuss the fundamental role played by nonlinear inorganic chemical reactions to understand the minimal conditions for the origin of life. In particular, we propose a focus on the chemo-physical processes that modulate the interplay between self-organisation and self-assembly at the basis of important life-like functionalities. We present results about two proofs-of-concept that support this view. The first pertains the collective behaviours and patterns obtained from networks of autonomous inorganic oscillators confined in self-assembled structures and coupled via chemical communication. The second shows how a specific autocatalytic reaction can trigger conformational changes of self-assembled structures, giving rise to membrane self-division processes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtificial Life and Evolutionary Computation - 13th Italian Workshop, WIVACE 2018, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsMarco Villani, Andrea Roli, Stefano Cagnoni, Monica Mordonini, Riccardo Pecori
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages138-150
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783030217327
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019
Event13th Italian Workshop on Artificial Life and Evolutionary Computation, WIVACE 2018 - Parma, Italy
Duration: Sep 10 2018Sep 12 2018

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume900
ISSN (Print)1865-0929

Conference

Conference13th Italian Workshop on Artificial Life and Evolutionary Computation, WIVACE 2018
CountryItaly
CityParma
Period9/10/189/12/18

Keywords

  • BZ oscillator
  • Compartimentalization
  • Nonlinear chemistry
  • Origin of life
  • Replication
  • Self-assembly
  • Self-organisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Mathematics(all)

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    Miele, Y., Medveczky, Z., Lagzi, I., Budroni, M. A., & Rossi, F. (2019). The relevance of inorganic nonlinear chemical reactions for the origin of life studies. In M. Villani, A. Roli, S. Cagnoni, M. Mordonini, & R. Pecori (Eds.), Artificial Life and Evolutionary Computation - 13th Italian Workshop, WIVACE 2018, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 138-150). (Communications in Computer and Information Science; Vol. 900). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-21733-4_11