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Lessons From Simulation Regarding the Control of Synthetic Self-Assembly

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Author(s)

Jack F. Douglas, K VanWorkum

Abstract

We investigate the role of the particle potential symmetry on the form of self-assembly by Monte Carlo simulation with the particular view towards synthetically creating structures of prescribed form and function. We establish a general tendency for the potential rotational symmetries to be locally preserved in the self-assembled structure. We also show that the introduction of seeds provides an effective method for controlling the structure of the sheet-like polymers and their growth kinetics. The physical significance of these distinct modes of polymerization is illustrated by constructing an artificial centrosome structure derived from particles having continuous and discrete rotational symmetries.
Citation
Journal of Materials Research
Volume
33(5)

Keywords

equivalence, multipole potentials, nanotube, nucleation, polymerization transition, seeded growth, symmetry, synthetic self-assembly, viral capsids

Citation

Douglas, J. and VanWorkum, K. (2006), Lessons From Simulation Regarding the Control of Synthetic Self-Assembly, Journal of Materials Research, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=852613 (Accessed May 23, 2024)

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Created January 1, 2006, Updated February 17, 2017