Author P. L. Luisi
Pier Luigi Luisi became Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Material Sciences at the ETH Zurich in 1971. In 2003, he went back to Italy as Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Rome 3. His research focuses on synthetic biology, in particular micelles and liposomes, and their importance for the origin of life. At the ETH, he created (1985) the Cortona-week, an interdisciplinary residential week mostly for graduate students and young managers.

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Bachmann P. A., Walde P., Luisi P. L. & Lang J. (1990) Self-replicating reverse micelles and chemical autopoiesis. Journal of the American Chemical Society 112(22): 8200–8201.
Bitbol M. & Luisi P. L. (2004) Autopoiesis with or without cognition: Defining life at its edge. Journal of the Social Society Interface 1: 99–107. Fulltext at
Damiano L. & Luisi P. L. (2010) Towards an autopoietic redefinition of life. Origin of Life and Evolution of Biospheres 40(2): 145–149. Fulltext at
Lucantoni M. & Luisi P. L. (2012) On the universality of the living: A few epistemological notes. Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres 42(5): 385–387. Fulltext at
Luisi P. L. (1993) Defining the transition to life: Self-replicating bounded structures and chemical autopoiesis. In: Stein W. & Varela F. J. (eds.) Thinking about biology: An introduction to theoretical biology. Addison-Wesley, Reading MA: 17–39. Fulltext at
Luisi P. L. (1994) The chemical implementation of autopoiesis. In: Fleischaker G. R., Colonna S. & Luigi P. L. (eds.) Self-production of supramolecular structures: From synthetic structures to models of minimal living systems. Kluwer, Dordrecht: 179–197. Fulltext at
Luisi P. L. (2002) Emergence in chemistry: Chemistry as the embodiment of emergence. Foundations of Chemistry 4(3): 183–200.
Luisi P. L. (2003) Autopoiesis: A review and a reappraisal. Naturwissenschaften 90(2): 49–59. Fulltext at
Luisi P. L. (2011) My encounters with Francisco Varela. Systems Research and Behavioral Science 28: 689–695. Fulltext at
Luisi P. L. (2012) Comments on Prebiotic Ecology, Supramolecular Selection and Autopoiesis. Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres 42(5): 451–452. Fulltext at
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