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Beyond molecules: Self-assembly of mesoscopic and macroscopic components

By George M. Whitesides and Mila Boncheva

Abstract

Self-assembly is a process in which components, either separate or linked, spontaneously form ordered aggregates. Self-assembly can occur with components having sizes from the molecular to the macroscopic, provided that appropriate conditions are met. Although much of the work in self-assembly has focused on molecular components, many of the most interesting applications of self-assembling processes can be found at larger sizes (nanometers to micrometers). These larger systems also offer a level of control over the characteristics of the components and over the interactions among them that makes fundamental investigations especially tractable

Topics: Perspective
Publisher: National Academy of Sciences
Year: 2002
DOI identifier: 10.1073/pnas.082065899
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:122665
Provided by: PubMed Central
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