Your browser is unsupported

We recommend using the latest version of IE11, Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

Mar 4 2022

3/4 – Jerome Delhommelle, University of North Dakota

Biomedical Engineering Seminar

March 4, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Chicago, IL

Watch this seminar live here>>

Speaker: Jerome Delhommelle, PhD

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of North Dakota

Title: Assembly, Cooperativity, and Emergence: From the AI Guided Formation of Materials to the Onset of Soft Matter Robotics

Abstract: Self organization and assembly processes are crucial steps in the making of a wide range of materials and, in turn, have a great impact on their performance. For instance, the crystal structure, or polymorph, that forms during nucleation often dictates the bioavailability of pharmaceutical drugs, or the mechanical and catalytic properties of metal alloys and inorganic nanoparticles. In biology and medicine, protein folding and aggregation processes play a major role in the onset of many neurodegenerative dis orders. Similarly, active, self propelled, objects can form unexpected structures such as colloidal rotors on the micron scale, or bacterial biofilms, flocks of birds and swarms of unmanned aerial systems on the macroscopic scale. While recent advances in experimental, theoretical computational methods have allowed for unprecedented insights into the behavior of nonequilibrium sy stems, a complete understanding of these processes has remained elusive so far. For example, it is still impossible to predict which crystal structure forms when a liquid crystallizes. Similarly, the elucidation of the rules of life of swarms and active as semblies remains an outstanding challenge, although it is a necessary starting point to the successful development of soft matter robotics.
In this talk, I discuss how my research group leverages computational materials science and artificial intelligence to shed light on assembly, cooperativity, and emergence in hard, soft and active matter. I show how AI guided simulations shed light on assembly pathways in materials and biological systems, and how data science and machine learning provide a new way to accelerate discovery in soft autonomous robotics technology.


UIC Biomedical Engineering

Date posted

Jan 13, 2022

Date updated

Feb 22, 2022