Self-assembly

Definition

Self-assembly is the process by which an organized structure spontaneously forms from individual components, as a result of specific, local interactions among the components. When the constitutive components are molecules, the process is termed molecular self-assembly.

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    DNA origami allows the design of rod-shaped particles with specific geometrical features. This is exploited to examine how particle-level characteristics affect properties of the bulk phase and the superstructures such colloids assemble into.

    • Mahsa Siavashpouri
    • , Christian H. Wachauf
    • , Mark J. Zakhary
    • , Florian Praetorius
    • , Hendrik Dietz
    •  & Zvonimir Dogic
  • Research | | open

    Understanding the dynamics of supramolecular architectures without using labels is crucial for developing advanced biosystems. Here, the authors show kinetic hydrogen/deuterium exchange profiles for a series of water-soluble supramolecular polymers.

    • Xianwen Lou
    • , René P. M. Lafleur
    • , Christianus M. A. Leenders
    • , Sandra M. C. Schoenmakers
    • , Nicholas M. Matsumoto
    • , Matthew B. Baker
    • , Joost L. J. van Dongen
    • , Anja R. A. Palmans
    •  & E W Meijer
  • Research | | open

    Conductive colloidal chains are promising for electronics but difficult to synthesize outside of a liquid environment. Here, the authors use field-directed assembly and capillary effects to pull conductive particle chains out of a suspension, which remain held together by flexible liquid bridges even after the external field is turned off.

    • Zbigniew Rozynek
    • , Ming Han
    • , Filip Dutka
    • , Piotr Garstecki
    • , Arkadiusz Józefczak
    •  & Erik Luijten
  • Research | | open

    Emergence and growth of crystalline domains in granular media remains under-explored. Here, the authors analyse tomographic snapshots from partially recrystallized packings of spheres using persistent homology and find agreement with proposed transitions based on continuous deformation of octahedral and tetrahedral voids.

    • M. Saadatfar
    • , H. Takeuchi
    • , V. Robins
    • , N. Francois
    •  & Y. Hiraoka
  • Research | | open

    Dynamically controlling the conformations of 1D elongated supramolecular polymers can induce functions comparable to protein folding/unfolding. Here the authors show light-induced conformational changes of azobenzene-based supramolecular polymers from helically coiled to extended/randomly coiled conformations.

    • Bimalendu Adhikari
    • , Yuki Yamada
    • , Mitsuaki Yamauchi
    • , Kengo Wakita
    • , Xu Lin
    • , Keisuke Aratsu
    • , Tomonori Ohba
    • , Takashi Karatsu
    • , Martin J. Hollamby
    • , Nobutaka Shimizu
    • , Hideaki Takagi
    • , Rie Haruki
    • , Shin-ichi Adachi
    •  & Shiki Yagai
  • Research | | open

    Unravelling the fundamental mechanisms of emergence of complex behaviour is key to understanding living systems. Here, the authors provide a simple experimental platform to investigate and control a rich set of complex phenomena, akin to those seen in living organisms, from a nonliving system of colloidal nanoparticles.

    • Serim Ilday
    • , Ghaith Makey
    • , Gursoy B. Akguc
    • , Özgün Yavuz
    • , Onur Tokel
    • , Ihor Pavlov
    • , Oguz Gülseren
    •  & F. Ömer Ilday

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