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Entropic Utopia: Shaping disorder for targeted self-assembly

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The main goal of targeted self-assembly is to spontaneously organize building blocks into a desired pattern by manipulating their local interactions with each other and their environment. Entropic forces can, despite being common and erroneously associated with disorder, be used to assemble a myriad of highly complex equilibrium structures. In this talk I will demonstrate how directional entropic forces can be used to predictably self-assemble many structures of current interest and how Entropy plays a significant role in processes ranging from packing to folding.

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  2. Damasceno, Engel & Glotzer. ACS Nano (2011)
  3. Chen, Klotsa, Engel, Damasceno & Glotzer. PRX (2014)

This talk is part of the Theoretical Chemistry Informal Seminars series.

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