I would welcome any feedback on what I have done so far. Here is the draft of the abstract.
Emergent states of quantum matter
When a system is composed of many interacting components new properties can emerge that are qualitatively different from the properties of the individual components. Such emergent phenomena leads to a stratification of reality and of scientific disciplines.
Emergence can be particularly striking and challenging to understand for quantum matter, which is composed of macroscopic numbers of particles that obey quantum statistics. Examples included superfluidity, superconductivity, and the fractional quantum Hall effect. I will introduce some of the organising principles for describing
such phenomena: quasi-particles, spontaneously broken symmetry, and effective Hamiltonians. I will briefly describe how these ideas undergird some of my own research on complex molecular materials such as organic charge transfer salts, fluorescent proteins, and hydrogen bonded complexes. The interplay of emergence and reductionism raises issues in philosophy and as to the best scientific strategy for describing complex systems.
Let me know of any ways to make any of this clearer and more interesting.