Order theory in chemistry & allied disciplines

By applying and generating concepts in order theory, a branch of discrete mathematics, we have addressed questions in different disciplines, ranging from chemistry and toxicology to biotechnology. Typical questions we solve include muticriteria decisions, where several attributes are used to come up with priorities for possible decisions. Others involve orderings (a particular case being a ranking) of different objects, e.g. bacteria, chemicals, geographical sites or radionuclides; or conditions required to attain a particular ordering. A recent application of order theory to chemistry showed that the periodic system corresponds to an ordered hypergraph.

So far this research has been conducted mainly by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences and Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, but we are open to further collaboration with scientists and scholars of other institutions. There are also several research projects available for MSc and PhD students, as well as for postdocs.

Questions related to this research topic can be addressed to Guillermo Restrepo at restrepo@mis.mpg.de or guillermorestrepo@gmail.com.


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