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Self-assembly: Misfits unite

Nature Physics volume 13, pages 11491150 (2017) | Download Citation

The spontaneous assembly of particulate or molecular 'building blocks' into larger architectures underlies structure formation in many biological and synthetic materials. Shape frustration of ill-fitting blocks holds a surprising key to more regular assemblies.

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  1. Gregory M. Grason is in the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003, USA

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