Self Assembly: The Science of Things That Put Themselves Together

John A. Pelesko

May 21, 2007 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
Reference - 336 Pages - 14 Color & 152 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781584886877 - CAT# C6870


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  • Presents a self-contained, up-to-date, and interdisciplinary introduction to the emerging science of self-assembly
  • Features profiles of leading self-assembly researchers, providing a glimpse into their backgrounds, approaches, and thoughts
  • Includes instructions for simple, hands-on activities to be performed in the lab or classroom
  • Illustrates key concepts, patterns, and structures with more than 150 figures, including 14 in full color
  • Contains several exercises at the end of each chapter
  • Provides a companion website with links to the web pages and profiled individuals in the book as well as links to photos and videos of self-assembly experiments
  • Summary

    Hailed as one of the key areas of nanoscience likely to shape future scientific research, self-assembly offers the most promising route to true molecular nanotechnology. Focusing on this dynamic new field, Self Assembly: The Science of Things That Put Themselves Together explores nature's self-assembly of structures, the use of it to build engineered systems, and the latest advances in the field.

    Reflecting the inherent progress of the science of self-assembly, this definitive book first delves into natural self-assembling systems. It addresses crystal growth, soap films, and micelles; examines how nature builds viruses, proteins, and ribosomes; and introduces the protein folding problem. The author then discusses how physicists, chemists, biologists, and engineers are applying nature's principles to self-assemble everything from DNA cubes to millimeter-scale electronic circuits. The final chapters cover theoretical and experimental approaches to understand the phenomenon of self-assembly and overcome its various challenges.

    With practical activities, profiles of leading experts, chapter highlights, exercises, and references, Self Assembly provides the most current authoritative information on this exciting branch of nanoscience.