Quantum mechanics is fundamental to physics and thereby chemistry and so must also be deeply involved in all of the processes of life. However, it has generally been assumed that the weird properties of quantum mechanics, such as coherence, entanglement and quantum tunneling, are destroyed in large, complex and relatively warm objects by the process of decoherence. However, recent experiments have demonstrated quantum coherence in photosynthesis, quantum tunneling in enzyme action and evidence for quantum entanglement in bird navigation. These and other areas of quantum biology will be explored in this talk which will address the question: how fundamental are the weird aspects of quantum mechanics to life?
Day 1 - 02 February 2016
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Prof Johnjoe McFadden, University of Surrey