2 February 2016

Life on the Edge: The New Science of Quantum Biology

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 SCI's London Group in partnership with UCL's Chemical and Physical Society

University College London

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Quantum mechanics is fundamental to physics and thereby chemistry and so must also be deeply involved in all of the processes of life. However, it has generally been assumed that the weird properties of quantum mechanics, such as coherence, entanglement and quantum tunneling, are destroyed in large, complex and relatively warm objects by the process of decoherence. However, recent experiments have demonstrated quantum coherence in photosynthesis, quantum tunneling in enzyme action and evidence for quantum entanglement in bird navigation. These and other areas of quantum biology will be explored in this talk which will address the question: how fundamental are the weird aspects of quantum mechanics to life?

Day 1 - 02 February 2016

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Department of Chemistry
University College London
20 Gordon Street
London, WC1H 0AJ

Emma Thomas - Committee Support Contact for the London Group

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7598 1594

Email: communications@soci.org

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Prof Johnjoe McFadden, University of Surrey