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Self-Assembly of Nanoparticles

Shafigh Mehraeen

University of Illinois at Chicago


self-assembly nanoparticles nanotechnology nanofabrication directed assembly electric fields flow interfaces nanostructured materials biomimetic self-assembly hierarchical assembly nanomanipulation

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Self-assembly is a process in which discrete components are spontaneously organized into ordered macroscopic structures. Studies have shown that specific interactions between the components, environmental conditions and external fields are the key players in self-assembly. The design and synthesis of nanoparticles, and applications of nanoparticle self-assembly have recently become widespread, primarily due to rapid increase of nanoparticle synthesis techniques and its versatilities. The spatial ordering of self-assembled nanoparticles can be utilized to create complex structures leading to a variety of materials with unprecedented properties and different applications including, but not limited to nanotechnology, nanomanufacturing, nanobiotechnology, drug delivery, nanosensors, nanoelectronics, plasmonics and photonics. In these applications, the challenge is to develop a simple, efficient and inexpensive method to precisely arrange molecular clusters and form pre-determined structures. Directed self-assembly of nanoparticles has been developed to address this challenge, where by construcitng the building blocks it facilitates the self-assembly process via modulating the driving forces and directing nanoparticles to form predefined structures with desired properties. This book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art in self-assembly of nanoparticles to (1) gain a high level of direction and control to successfully harness self-assembly of nanoparticles, (2) ensure efficient scale-up in technological applications, and (3) assess different methods that have been proposed for nanoparticle self-assembly.

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Shafigh Mehraeen

University of Illinois at Chicago

Shafigh Mehraeen attended University of Tehran, Iran, where he majored in computational mechanics (highest honor). He then entered University of California, Los Angeles, where he received his MSc degree in computational mechanics with highest honor. He then attended Stanford University, where he studied polymer physics and protein self-assembly with Professor Andrew Spakowitz and was co-advised by Professor Eric Shaqfeh, and graduated with his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2011. His postdoctoral work on probing energy loss mechanisms in organic photovoltaics at the Georgia Institute of Technology was under the direction of Professor Jean-Luc Bredas in Chemistry. He then moved to Massachusetts Institute of Technology for his research work on directed self-assembly of sub-10 nm particles on patterned substrates with single particle resolution, supported by MIT-SUTD fellowship, under supervision of Professor Jianshu Cao in Chemistry. In 2016, Mehraeen joined the faculty of Chemical Engineering in University of Illinois at Chicago as an assistant professor. Mehraeen has been the recipient of a number of awards for both scholarship and teaching, including the University of Illinois at Chicago Distinguished Teaching Award (2018), MIT Ascher Shapiro Award (2014) for excellence in educational prowess, and UCLA Harry M. Showman Prize (2004) for excellence in research. He has coauthored over 20 scientific publications, 2 books, and has given over 10 invited lectures. Mehraeen's research interests are in the theoretical and computational chemistry and materials science.

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