Self-Assembly

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The spontaneous formation of complex systems
A water molecule has a very simple structure—one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms bonded together at an angle. Yet when placed under certain conditions, water molecules form beautiful hexagonal crystals. Curiously, they naturally take this form without any outside effort. This spontaneous formation of complex systems from simple components is called self-assembly. The growth of seeds into plants and the formation of organized human society can also be seen as self-assembly in a broad sense, and the concept is attracting attention from many disciplines. In the world of chemistry as well, interest in self-assembly is growing. Through coordination bonding, hydrogen bonding, hydrophobic interactions, and other weak bonding, simple, small molecules assemble and with relative ease form l...Academic Information

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