Creation of an optimal annealing schedule for self-assembly

dc.contributor.advisorGraeme Henkelmanen
dc.creatorPowell, C. Travisen
dc.date.accessioned2011-09-02T18:28:00Zen
dc.date.available2011-09-02T18:28:00Zen
dc.date.issued2009en
dc.description.abstractThe goal of the research was to develop a temperature versus time schedule to make the process of self-assembly occur in an optimal manner. Self-assembly is any process in which a system becomes more ordered without pervasive outside interference. In order to create a temperature versus time schedule, or annealing schedule, a particular system needed to be considered. The system used was reported by Grzybowski et al. [1]. The system is at the macroscopic level and consisted of spheres of equal and opposite charge. When perturbed the system would form a square lattice in two dimensions. This system was the model system used for the project of optimizing self-assembly. It was chosen for its relative simplicity and ease in modeling. In order to make the model more computationally tractable simplifications were made to the system. An assumption about the rate of self-assembly was made and justified. This assumption along with system information produced the optimal schedule when classical control theory was applied. The schedule created outperformed other common annealing schedules.en
dc.description.departmentChemistryen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/13399en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectCollege of Natural Sciencesen
dc.subjectself-assemblyen
dc.subjectannealing scheduleen
dc.titleCreation of an optimal annealing schedule for self-assemblyen
dc.typeThesisen

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