Understanding the chemical reactions that predisposed chemical self-assembly to form the first cell on Earth is one of the most-complex problems in science, and perhaps the greatest unsolved mystery in chemistry.

Building systems that can self-assemble, process information, transport and encapsulate chemicals, control reactions within networks, regulate their own structure or function, and ultimately self-replicate will undoubtedly have a major impact on evolving and future technology.


We and others have pioneered a new and highly successful "Systems Chemistry" approach to elucidating the Origins of Life, based on recognising that the chemistry of Life is a network of interdependent reactions.