Parker Evans, TPS Fellow, will be speaking in 102 Rightmire Hall on September 6th at 12:30 PM.
Title: Chemical Actuators
Abstract: Parker and Vishnu have developed a technology, termed a Programmable Chemical Actuator, to control biological processes using electronic systems. The fundamental problem with controlling biology using electronic systems is that they use different “languages.” Electronic systems utilize electrons as charge carriers to send and receive signals, while biological systems primarily utilize ions as charge carriers. Conducting polymers are used to translate between the two because they conduct both ions and electrons. This presentation will review the physical basis of programmable chemical actuators and demonstrate applications in plant science. We have established the basics of operation in healthy plant systems and will begin developing control strategies to restore malfunctioning systems.
There will be the Maanas Food Truck outside of Rightmire Hall, serving Indian food from 11 AM - 2 PM. Grab a bite to eat before joining us at the seminar!