Self Assembly

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 more

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  • Electronic book text | 336 pages
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Chapman & Hall/CRC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 132 equations; 37 Halftones, black and white; 6 Tables, black and white; 14 Illustrations, color; 152 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1584886889
  • 9781584886884

Table of contents

IntroductionSelf-Assembly Why Now?THE NATURAL WORLD Inorganic Systems Introduction Bubble Rafts CrystallizationPolymerization MicellesOrganic Systems Introduction Proteins and Protein Folding The Tobacco Mosaic Virus The RibosomeLessons from the Natural World Introduction The Bubble Raft and Nature's Principles Other Aspects of Nature's MotifENGINEERED SYSTEMSThe "Cheerios Effect" and Other Simple SystemsIntroduction 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 FoldingDynamic Self-Assembly Introduction A Prototype for Dynamic Self-Assembly Magnetically Driven Dynamic Systems Mechanically Driven Dynamic Systems Self-Propelled SystemsSmart ParticlesDNA Self-Assembly Introduction DNA-Nature's Ultimate Building Block Cubes and Other PolyhedraDNA Tiles DNA Barcodes DNA Origami DNA as a Template DNA Self-Assembly in ContextTHE FUTUREModels of Self-Assembly Introduction Physical ModelsAbstract ModelsDirections Introduction Fibonacci at the Nanoscale Self-Assembly Springs into Action Self-Assembled Swimming CellsSelf-Assembly Goes Broadway Self-Assembly and the Origin of LifeColor PlatesReferencesAppendix A: The Calculus of VariationsAppendix B: Useful Web SitesAppendix C: GlossaryIndexChapter Highlights, Exercises, Related Reading, and Notes appear in every more