Accession Number:

ADA243530

Title:

Molecular Self-Assembly and Nanochemistry: A Chemical Strategy for the Synthesis of Nanostructures

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept. no. 45

Corporate Author:

HARVARD UNIV CAMBRIDGE MA DEPT OF CHEMISTRY

Report Date:

1991-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

39.0

Abstract:

Molecular self assembly is the spontaneous association of molecules under equilibrium conditions into stable, structurally well-defined aggregates joined by non-covalent bonds. Molecular self-assembly is ubiquitous in biological systems, and underlies the formation of a wide variety of complex biological structures. Understanding self-assembly and the associated non- covalent interactions that connect complementary interacting molecular surfaces in biological aggregates is a central concern in structural biochemistry. Self- assembly is also emerging as a new strategy in chemical synthesis, with the potential of generating non-biological structures having dimensions of 1-10 2 nanometers. Structures in the upper part of this range of sizes are presently inaccessible through chemical synthesis, and the ability to prepare them would open a route to structures comparable in size and perhaps complementary in function to those that can be prepared by microlithography and other techniques of microfabrication.

Subject Categories:

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE