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."

Key Features

*The only book to showcases state-of-the-art self-assembly systems that arise from the computational, biological, chemical, physical and engineering disciplines *Coherent, integrated view of both book practice examples and new trends with a clearly presented computational flavor *Written by world experts in each area


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

Table of Contents

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


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