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Autonomous Mass Assembly: UCSD Calit2 Gallery, 2013
This project investigates chiral self-assembly with many parts in order to explore the aggregate behavior of simultaneous assembly and self-selection. Roughly 240 pieces are agitated stochastically to self-assemble closed dodecahedral molecular structures based on the polio virus capsid. Patterns of attraction are designed within each part to specify chemical complementarity and chirality (right and left-handedness). Over time and with the right amount of energy, precise structures emerge complete and self-sorted. This continual process shows the various stages of assembly from independent parts to a mixture of assembled parts, then a bath of fully assembled structures and finally with additional energy input broken again into autonomous pieces. This work points towards a future of both tangible educational tools for non-intuitive scientific phenomena as well as new possibilities for industrial-scaleassembly applications.
A collaboration between:
Skylar Tibbits, Self-Assembly Lab, MIT
Arthur Olson, Molecular Graphics Lab, The Scripps Research Institute
Carrie McKnelly and Adam Gardner
Many thanks to Jordan Crandall, Trish Stone and Benjamin Bratton for the generous invitation.