Geometrical frustration yields fiber formation in self-assembly

  title={Geometrical frustration yields fiber formation in self-assembly},
  author={Martin Lenz and Thomas A. Witten},
  journal={Nature physics},
  pages={110 - 1104}
Controlling the self-assembly of supramolecular structures is vital for living cells, and a central challenge for engineering at the nano- and microscales [1, 2]. Nevertheless, even particles without optimized shapes can robustly form well-defined morphologies. This is the case in numerous medical conditions where normally soluble proteins aggregate into fibers [3, 4]. Beyond the diversity of molecular mechanisms involved [5, 6], we propose that fibers generically arise from the aggregation of… 

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