SOFT MATTER

Dissipate your way to self-assembly

Equilibrium self-assembly processes find free-energy minima but no such general statement holds for systems driven out of equilibrium. A new study has employed laser-induced convective flows to achieve dissipative self-assembly across multiple scales with universal growth and fluctuation statistics.

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Fig. 1: Illustration of the experimental design and results.

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Bisker, G. Dissipate your way to self-assembly. Nat. Phys. 16, 707–708 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-020-0888-7

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