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Welcome to the Laboratory of Molecular Self-Assembly
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self-assembly is ubiquitous in nature and has recently emerged as a new
approach in chemical synthesis, nanotechnology, polymer science, materials and
engineering. Molecular self-assembly systems lie at the interface between
molecular biology, chemistry, polymer science, materials science and
engineering. Many self-assembling systems have been developed. Molecular
self-assembly systems represent a significant advance in the molecular
engineering of simple molecular building blocks useful for a wide range of
applications. This field is growing at an accelerating pace.
Development of new materials and technologies often broadens the questions we can address therefore deepen our understanding of seemingly intractable phenomena. Molecular self-assembly systems will create a new class of materials at the molecular level. It is believed that application of these simple and versatile molecular self-assembly systems will provide us with new opportunities to study some complex and previously intractable biological phenomena. Molecular engineering through molecular design and self-assembly of biological building blocks is an enabling technology that will likely play an increasingly important role in the future technology and will change our lives in the coming decades.
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