Understanding emergent functions in self-assembled fibrous networks

Robert Sinko, Sinan Keten

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Understanding self-assembly processes of nanoscale building blocks and characterizing their properties are both imperative for designing new hierarchical, network materials for a wide range of structural, optoelectrical, and transport applications. Although the characterization and choices of these material building blocks have been well studied, our understanding of how to precisely program a specific morphology through self-assembly still must be significantly advanced. In the recent study by Xie et al (2015 Nanotechnology 26 205602), the self-assembly of end-functionalized nanofibres is investigated using a coarse-grained molecular model and offers fundamental insight into how to control the structural morphology of nanofibrous networks. Varying nanoscale networks are observed when the molecular interaction strength is changed and the findings suggest that self-assembly through the tuning of molecular interactions is a key strategy for designing nanostructured networks with specific topologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number352501
Issue number35
StatePublished - Sep 4 2015


  • mechanics
  • networks
  • self-assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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