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Chapter 2 Biomimetic Design of Dynamic Self-Assembling Systems

Elsevier Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1016/s1571-0831(07)00002-0
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Physics


Abstract Biological systems at all scales self-assemble and maintain themselves in dynamic states away from thermodynamic equilibrium. Examination of various biological examples of dynamic self-assembly (DySA) enables one to extract general principles that govern it. These principles, in turn, can be applied to the rational design of artificial DySA systems by combining biological inspiration with the tools of chemistry, physics, and engineering. Such artificial DySA ensembles can be studied in quantitative detail and will ultimately lead to novel applications in biomimetic “smart” structures and materials.

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