Self-assembly

Misfits unite

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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Figure 1: Models of self-assembly.

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Grason, G. Misfits unite. Nature Phys 13, 1149–1150 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys4201

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