Professor Daan Frenkel, Head of the University’s Department of Chemistry, and Foreign Member of the Royal Society, is the guest speaker at this week’s Science Society seminar, with a talk on “The Unexpected Side of Entropy”. Friday 24 February, 6.00pm, OCR.All welcome!
During the past 60 years, the traditional picture of entropy as a measure of disorder has needed revision. This was largely driven by computer simulations, but has been supported by experiments on colloidal systems. In my talk I will discuss some old examples of the unexpected role of entropy as an ordering force, but I will also discuss more recent surprises, such as the importance of entropy in the self-assembly of DNA-functionalized colloids and its possible relevance for targeted drug delivery.