We discuss the fundamental role played by nonlinear inorganic chemical reactions to understand the minimal conditions for the origin of life. In particular, we propose a focus on the chemo-physical processes that modulate the interplay between self-organisation and self-assembly at the basis of important life-like functionalities. We present results about two proofs-of-concept that support this view. The first pertains the collective behaviours and patterns obtained from networks of autonomous inorganic oscillators confined in self-assembled structures and coupled via chemical communication. The second shows how a specific autocatalytic reaction can trigger conformational changes of self-assembled structures, giving rise to membrane self-division processes.
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|Titolo:||The relevance of inorganic nonlinear chemical reactions for the origin of life studies|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||2.1 Contributo in volume (Capitolo o Saggio)|