The puzzle of self-assembly, and the self-assembly of puzzles


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Date and time 23.11.2015 13:1514:15  
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Speaker Prof. Daan Frenkel, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge U.K.
Category Conferences - Seminars
A holy grail of nano-technology is to create truly complex, multi-component structures by self assembly.

Most self-assembly has focused on the creation of `structural complexity'. In my talk, I will discuss `Addressable Complexity': the creation of structures that contain hundreds or thousands of distinct building blocks that all have to find their place in a 3D structure.

A. Reinhardt and D. Frenkel, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 238103 (2014).
W. M. Jacobs, A. Reinhardt, and D. Frenkel, J. Chem. Phys. 142, 021101 (2015).
W. M. Jacobs, A. Reinhardt, and D. Frenkel, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 112, 6313 (2015).

Bio: Department of Chemistry, U. Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW, UK.
1968 Professor of Theoretical Chemistry, University of Cambridge since 2007-2015
Head of Department 2011-2015.

Career PhD research FOM/University of Amsterdam (1972-1977).
PDRA, Univ. of California at Los Angeles (1977-1980),
Research Scientist, Shell Research Amsterdam (1980-1981).
Lecturer/Reader (Physics), Univ. of Utrecht, 1981-1986.
Group Leader, FOM Institute AMOLF (Amsterdam), 1987-2013
Professor of Macromolecular Simulations, UvA (1998-2012),
Honorary Professor, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Concurrent Professor, Nanjing University, Rothschild Professor, U. Cambridge (2004).

Some Prizes & Distinctions:  NWO Spinoza Award of the Dutch Science Foundation (NL), 2000). Aneesur Rahman Prize of the American Physical Society (USA, 2007). Honorary Doctorate, University of Edinburgh (UK, 2007). Alder-CECAM prize of the European Physical Society (2007). Membership of Learned Societies:  Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, (NL, 1998). Foreign Member Royal Society – London (UK, 2006). Foreign Honorary Member of the  American Academy of Arts & Sciences (USA, 2008), Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Academia Europaea.

Editorial duties: Current or former member of the editorial board of: European Journal of Physics E, Molecular Physics, Soft Matter, Journal of Computational Physics, Journal of Chemical Physics, Journal of Physics C, AICHe Journal, JSTAT, Advances in Chemical Physics

Publications. Over 400 Papers in international journals.
Books: “Simulation of Liquids and Solids, Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo Methods in Statistical Mechanics”. G.Ciccotti, D.Frenkel and I.R.McDonald, North-Holland, Amsterdam (1987).  “Understanding Molecular Simulation. From Algorithms to Applications”,  D.Frenkel and B. Smit, Academic Press, Boston (1996/2002).

Research interests:
Daan Frenkel’s research focuses on numerical simulations of many-body systems, with a special emphasis on problems relating to the prediction of stability and kinetics in complex self assembly

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