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Systems Self-Assembly

Multidisciplinary Snapshots

Self-assembly is a process that creates complex heirarchical structures through the statistical exploration of alternative configurations. These processes occur without external intervention. Self-Assembly processes are ubiquitous in nature. Understanding how nature produces self-assembled systems will represent an enormous leap forward in our technological capabilities. Robustness and versatility are some of the most important properties of self-assembling natural systems. Although systems where self-assembly occurs, or which are created by a self-assembling process, are remarkably vaired, some common principles are starting to be discerned. The unifying thread throughout the book is the "Computational Nature of Self-Assembling Systems."

Scientists, researchers and post-graduate students, practitioners in industry, engineering and science, managers, decision-makers and policy makers


Published: March 2008

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-444-52865-0


  • Ch. 1: Self-Organised Nanoparticle Assemblies: A Panoply of PatternsCh. 2: Biomimetic Design of Dynamic Self-Assembling SystemsCh. 3: Computing by Self-Assembly: DNA Molecules, Polyominoes, CellsCh. 4: Evolutionary Design of a Model of Self-Assembling Chemical StructuresCh. 5: Self-Assembly as an Engineering Concept across Size ScalesCh. 6: Probabilistic Analysis of Self-Assembled Molecular NetworksCh. 7: The "Programming Language" of Dynamic Self-AssemblyCh. 8: Self-Assembled Computer ArchitecturesCh. 9: Simulation of Self-Assembly Processes Using Abstract Reduction SystemsCh.10: Computer Aided Search for Optimal Self-Assembly SystemsCh.11: Programmable Self-Assembly-Theoretical Aspects and DNA-Linked NanoparticlesCh.12: From Microscopic Rules to Emergent Cooperativity in Large-Scale PatternsCh.13: Automated Self-Assembling Programming


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