Starts 30 Mar 2022 11:00
Ends 30 Mar 2022 12:00
Central European Time
Hybrid Seminar
Euler LH (LB) + Zoom
Giovanni M. Pavan
(Politecnico di Torino, Torino - Italy & University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, Lugano-Viganello - Switzerland)


Supramolecular polymers, composed of monomers that self-assemble via non-covalent interaction into, e.g., 1D, 2D, or 3D structures (or materials), are attracting increasing interest in many fields.1 In such self-assembled systems, the constitutive building-blocks obey to a well-defined supramolecular equilibrium.2 This imparts an intrinsically dynamic character to the assemblies that populate the system, which exist as exquisitely statistical/dynamical entities in continuous communication with each other and with the external environment, generating de facto a complex molecular system.

While typical experimental approaches allow to obtain average ensemble information on the dynamics of the entire system,3 advanced simulation approaches may provide submolecular resolution insights into the origin of the dynamics of the (individual) assemblies.4 However, learning how to master such complex molecular systems requires to enter into their innate dynamics at a submolecular resolution, in order to obtain information on the molecular processes that control them.

In this talk, I will provide an overview of the computational approaches that we recently adopted to reconstruct the structural dynamics of self-assembling molecular systems. This journey brought us into the study of their complexity,5 of their fluctuations,6 and of data-driven approaches to compare and classify them.7 We are coming out with a new perspective, which contains general concepts that can be transferred to a variety of complex molecular systems and hold great potential for many applications.

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  2. a) Lehn, J.-M. Prog. Polym. Sci. 2005, 30, 814831; b) Davis, A. V., Yeh, R. M. & Raymond, K. N. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci.

    USA 2002, 99, 47934796

  3. a) Baker, M. B.; Pavan, G. M.; Meijer, E. W.; et al. Nat. Commun. 2015, 6, 6234; b) Lou, X.; Meijer, E. W.; et al. Nat.

    Commun. 2017, 8, 15420

  4. Bochicchio, D.; Salvalaglio, M.; Pavan, G. M. Nature Commun., 2017, 8, 147

  5. Crippa, M.; Perego, C.; de Marco, A.; Pavan, G. M. Nature Commun., 2022, in press (ChemRxiv 2021, 10.26434/chemrxiv-


  6. a) Gasparotto, P.; Bochicchio, D.; Ceriotti, M.; Pavan, G. M. J. Phys. Chem. B 2020, 124, 589-599; b) de Marco, A. L.;

    Bochicchio, D.; Gardin, A.; Doni, G.; Pavan, G. M. ACS Nano 2021, 15, 1422914241

  7. Gardin, A.; Perego, C.; Doni, G.; Pavan, G. M. ArXiv 2021, arXiv:2112.08044