The Robust Assembly of Small Symmetric Nanoshells.

  title={The Robust Assembly of Small Symmetric Nanoshells.},
  author={Jef Wagner and Roya Zandi},
  journal={Biophysical journal},
  volume={109 5},
Highly symmetric nanoshells are found in many biological systems, such as clathrin cages and viral shells. Many studies have shown that symmetric shells appear in nature as a result of the free-energy minimization of a generic interaction between their constituent subunits. We examine the physical basis for the formation of symmetric shells, and by using a minimal model, demonstrate that these structures can readily grow from the irreversible addition of identical subunits. Our model of… CONTINUE READING