Abstract:   One of the areas of most excitement in physics, chemistry and even robotics regards the use of simple laws, usually applied equally to all building blocks in a system, to create global patterns that are of some interest. In materials science, the goal of this Self-Assembly strategy can be, for instance, to organize nanoparticles of specific shapes, sizes and properties into target structures given the thermodynamic constraints of the system. In this talk I will detail how unexpectedly complex structures can emerge simply by a combination of geometry and simple physical laws and explore how notions of packing, jamming and even paper folding can help us creating the materials of the future. 

Speaker:  Pablo Damasceno
Institution:  University of Michigan