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Author Licata, Nicholas A. ♦ Tkachenko, Alexei V.
Source arXiv.org
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Date of Submission 2008-04-23
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Physics
Subject Keyword Condensed Matter - Soft Condensed Matter ♦ Condensed Matter - Materials Science ♦ Condensed Matter - Statistical Mechanics ♦ physics:cond-mat
Abstract In recent years there have been a number of proposals to utilize the specificity of DNA based interactions for potential applications in nanoscience. One interesting direction is the self-assembly of micro- and nanoparticle clusters using DNA scaffolds. In this letter we consider a DNA scaffold method to self-assemble clusters of "colored" particles. Stable clusters of microspheres have recently been produced by an entirely different method. Our DNA based approach self-assembles clusters with additional degrees of freedom associated with particle permutation. We demonstrate that in the non-equilibrium regime of irreversible binding the self-assembly process is experimentally feasible. These color degrees of freedom may allow for more diverse intercluster interactions essential for hierarchical self-assembly of larger structures.
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Page Count 4


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