Authors

Presenter(s)

Ryan J. Maguire, Lauren Ashley Stoops

Comments

This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process. Course: CHM 304L

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Description

Self-assembling systems, such as micelles, have a variety of applications in biological organisms. Their unique properties include an ability to achieve a relatively stable, far-from-equilibrium state that in turn yields a number of unique aspects upon an individual system. Distinct properties of a far-from-equilibrium system include unusually low shear-viscosity, a lower degree of packing in the polar head groups, a higher degree of packing in the hydrophilic hydrocarbon chains, and an overall increase in chaos. These properties allow biological systems to conserve heat, especially due to the unique intermolecular interactions demonstrated through the shear-viscosity. These studies provide possible macroscopic uses for micelles and other far-from-equilibrium systems to ultimately reduce the waste heat emitted by humanity and instead utilize this heat as energy, ultimately limiting the impact of human actions on climate change and conserving Earth's ecological systems.

Publication Date

4-22-2021

Project Designation

Course Project

Primary Advisor

Yoon S. Lee

Primary Advisor's Department

Chemistry

Keywords

Stander Symposium Posters, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Climate Action

Measured Properties and Possible Applications of Far-From-Equilibrium Systems

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