Induction of new macroscopic shapes from the fragments of the initial self-assembled structure.

Yellow-arrowed path from 1 to 3: An initial fiber-like structure is created (1), then broken down using UV light (purple lighting symbol). Because they are tightly packed in the aftermath of the collapsing structure (2), these fragments co-assemble again into more diverse and larger shapes (3). Gray-arrowed path from 4 to 5: Simply mixing the same molecules in free motion in a solvent (4) do not result in the same variety and size of nanostructures (5).

19 May 2017
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