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Self-Assembly and Self-Organization

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  1. Michael F. Geer,
  2. Linda S. Shimizu

Published Online: 15 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9780470661345.smc012

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

How to Cite

Geer, M. F. and Shimizu, L. S. 2012. Self-Assembly and Self-Organization. Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials. .

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  1. University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2012

Abstract

From the child making rock candy with his parents to the physicist studying the cosmic dust in deep space, the process of self-assembly organizes smaller building blocks into larger discrete structures without outside influence. In this chapter, we identify and examine some of the factors that guide, limit, and define these supramolecular structures from the atomic up to the centimeter scale with a focus on molecular building blocks. The concepts herein provide the reader with an introduction to this fast developing field and highlight its important applications.

Keywords:

  • self-assembly;
  • self-association;
  • noncovalent interactions;
  • dynamic covalent chemistry