Self-assembly is a process in which a disordered system forms an organized structure without external direction. Examples include the formation of molecular crystals, lipid bilayers, and polymer brushes. This book reviews the fabrication and use of various self-assembled materials. In particular, the author pays special attention to self-assembled structures when in solution and in contact with surfaces, as such interactions can have a pronounced impact on their properties and applications. The text covers bulk solution and surfaces, assembled structures, colloid particles, polymer capsules, carbon nanotubes, as well as layer-by-layer assembly techniques.
Table of Contents
Carbon-Nanotube-Based LbL Assembly: Nanotubes, Films, and Capsules, J. Cui, H. Li, and J Hao
Nanoengineered Polymer Capsules: From Fabrication to Applications, J. Cui and J. Hao
Inorganic Nanoparticles and Nanostructures Formed at the Air/Water Interface, H.-G. Liu and J. Hao
Polyoxometalate-Based Assembly, D. Fan1 and J. Hao1,2,
Polymer Brushes on Surfaces, F. Zhou and B. Yu
Proteins and Amino Acid-Based Assembly Using Layer-by-Layer Technique, Y. Deng and J. Hao