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Schematic Models of Molecular Self-Organization



K VanWorkum, Jack F. Douglas, Wolfgang Losert


Molecular self-organization is central to the formation of numerous biological structures and the emulation of this process through the creation of synthetic counterparts offers great promise for nanofabrication. Our approach to understanding the principles governing this process is inspired by existing models and measurements on the self-organization of actin, tubulin and the ubiquitous icosahedral structures of viral capsids. We introduce a family of simple potentials that give rise to the self-organization of chain-like, random surface ( membrane ), tubular ( nanotube ) and hollow icosahedral structures that are similar in many respects to their biological counterparts.
Macromolecular Symposia


dipole moments, nanotube, polymerization transition, random surface, self-organization, Viral Capsid Organization


VanWorkum, K. , Douglas, J. and Losert, W. (2005), Schematic Models of Molecular Self-Organization, Macromolecular Symposia, [online], (Accessed April 16, 2024)
Created December 31, 2004, Updated October 12, 2021