Our research is focused on the rules and laws that govern self-assembly of materials. We create simple model systems with precisely controllable parameters. This enables rigorous and detailed comparisons between experimental observations and theoretical predictions.
The particles we use have simple hard core repulsive interactions. Despite the apparent simplicity of these building blocks, we have demonstrated that it is possible to assemble at least half a dozen unique structures through careful choice of particle shape and chirality.
By necessity our research is highly interdisciplinary. To accomplish our goals, we use a host of experimental techniques, theoretical statistical mechanics, computer simulations, biochemistry, various protein purification techniques, and molecular cloning.