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Prof. Daan Frenkel “The puzzle of self-assembly and the self-assembly of puzzles”
March 27, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
A holy grail of nano-technology is to create truly complex, multi-component structures by self-assembly. Most self-assembly has focused on the creation of "structural complexity". In my talk, I will discuss "Addressable Complexity": the creation of structures that contain hundreds or thousands of distinct building blocks that all have to find their place in a 3D structure. Recent experiments have demonstrated the feasibility of making such structures. Simulation and theory yield surprising insights that can inform the design of novel structures and materials . William M. Jacobs and Daan Frenkel, Self-Assembly of Structures with Addressable Complexity, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138 (8), pp 2457–2467