Self-Assembly : The Science of Things That Put Themselves Together

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Hailed as one of the key areas of nanoscience likely to shape future scientific research, self-assembly offers the most promising route to true molecular nanotechnology. Focusing on this dynamic new field, Self Assembly: The Science of Things That Put Themselves Together explores nature's self-assembly of structures, the use of it to build engineered systems, and the latest advances in the field. Reflecting the inherent progress of the science of self-assembly, this definitive book first delves into natural self-assembling systems. It addresses crystal growth, soap films, and micelles; examines how nature builds viruses, proteins, and ribosomes; and introduces the protein folding problem. The author then discusses how physicists, chemists, biologists, and engineers are applying nature's principles to self-assemble everything from DNA cubes to millimeter-scale electronic circuits. The final chapters cover theoretical and experimental approaches to understand the phenomenon of self-assembly and overcome its various challenges.
With practical activities, profiles of leading experts, chapter highlights, exercises, and references, Self Assembly provides the most current authoritative information on this exciting branch of nanoscience.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Chapman & Hall/CRC
  • Boca Raton, FL, United States
  • English
  • 152 black & white illustrations, 14 colour illustrations, 6 black & white tables, 37 black & white halftones
  • 1584886870
  • 9781584886877

About John A. Pelesko

University of Delaware, Newark, USA
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Table of contents

Introduction Self-Assembly Why Now? THE NATURAL WORLD Inorganic Systems Introduction Bubble Rafts Crystallization Polymerization Micelles Organic Systems Introduction Proteins and Protein Folding The Tobacco Mosaic Virus The Ribosome Lessons from the Natural World Introduction The Bubble Raft and Nature's Principles Other Aspects of Nature's Motif ENGINEERED SYSTEMS The "Cheerios Effect" and Other Simple Systems Introduction The Penrose Model Magnetic Self-Assembling Systems The "Cheerios Effect" Static Self-Assembly Introduction Assembly via Capillary Forces Template Driven Self-Assembly Structured Surfaces Assembly by Folding Dynamic Self-Assembly Introduction A Prototype for Dynamic Self-Assembly Magnetically Driven Dynamic Systems Mechanically Driven Dynamic Systems Self-Propelled Systems Smart Particles DNA Self-Assembly Introduction DNA-Nature's Ultimate Building Block Cubes and Other Polyhedra DNA Tiles DNA Barcodes DNA Origami DNA as a Template DNA Self-Assembly in Context THE FUTURE Models of Self-Assembly Introduction Physical Models Abstract Models Directions Introduction Fibonacci at the Nanoscale Self-Assembly Springs into Action Self-Assembled Swimming Cells Self-Assembly Goes Broadway Self-Assembly and the Origin of Life Color Plates References Appendix A: The Calculus of Variations Appendix B: Useful Web Sites Appendix C: Glossary Index Chapter Highlights, Exercises, Related Reading, and Notes appear in every chapter.
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