The Statistical Mechanics of Dynamic Pathways to Self-Assembly

The Statistical Mechanics of Dynamic Pathways to Self-Assembly This review describes some important physical characteristics of the pathways (i.e., dynamical processes) by which molecular, nanoscale, and micrometer-scale self-assembly occurs. We highlight the existence of features of self-assembly pathways that are common to a wide range of physical systems, even though those systems may differ with respect to their microscopic details. We summarize some existing theoretical descriptions of self-assembly pathways and highlight areas—notably, the description of self-assembly pathways that occur far from equilibrium—that are likely to become increasingly important. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annual Review of Physical Chemistry Annual Reviews

The Statistical Mechanics of Dynamic Pathways to Self-Assembly

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Annual Reviews
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Copyright © 2015 by Annual Reviews. All rights reserved
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0066-426X
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1545-1593
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10.1146/annurev-physchem-040214-121215
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Abstract

This review describes some important physical characteristics of the pathways (i.e., dynamical processes) by which molecular, nanoscale, and micrometer-scale self-assembly occurs. We highlight the existence of features of self-assembly pathways that are common to a wide range of physical systems, even though those systems may differ with respect to their microscopic details. We summarize some existing theoretical descriptions of self-assembly pathways and highlight areas—notably, the description of self-assembly pathways that occur far from equilibrium—that are likely to become increasingly important.

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Annual Review of Physical ChemistryAnnual Reviews

Published: Apr 1, 2015

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