Complex chemical dynamics through engineering-like methods

Moro, Lorenzo (2014) Complex chemical dynamics through engineering-like methods, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Chimica, 26 Ciclo. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsdottorato/6202.
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Most of the problems in modern structural design can be described with a set of equation; solutions of these mathematical models can lead the engineer and designer to get info during the design stage. The same holds true for physical-chemistry; this branch of chemistry uses mathematics and physics in order to explain real chemical phenomena. In this work two extremely different chemical processes will be studied; the dynamic of an artificial molecular motor and the generation and propagation of the nervous signals between excitable cells and tissues like neurons and axons. These two processes, in spite of their chemical and physical differences, can be both described successfully by partial differential equations, that are, respectively the Fokker-Planck equation and the Hodgkin and Huxley model. With the aid of an advanced engineering software these two processes have been modeled and simulated in order to extract a lot of physical informations about them and to predict a lot of properties that can be, in future, extremely useful during the design stage of both molecular motors and devices which rely their actions on the nervous communications between active fibres.

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Moro, Lorenzo
Dottorato di ricerca
Scuola di dottorato
Scienze chimiche
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Settore concorsuale
Parole chiave
PDE, FEM, Fokker-Planck, Hodgkin and Huxley, Molecular Motor, Nervous Signals, Action Potentials,
Data di discussione
9 Aprile 2014

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