Light from within: Illuminating the complexity of co-assembly from the inside out

Conference Dates

July 31-August 4, 2017


The assembly of well-defined nanostructures from smaller (macro)molecular building blocks relies on a delicate balance between attractive and repulsive interactions between the basic building blocks. To avoid kinetic trapping and structural polymorphism, the balance between antagonistic and synergistic interactions must be carefully tailored. Controlling this complex process is challenging, but we can look to Nature for inspiration. As it turns out, biology often use a combination of molecular templating and allostery to control self-assembly processes, resulting in an unusual degree of fidelity of the final nanostructures formed.

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