Sarah Wood, Thomas Bussey (University of Nevada – Las Vegas, USA), Kent Crippen (University of Florida, USA), Wendy Ho, Cindy Kern, Megan Litster, MaryKay Orgill (University of Nevada – Las Vegas, USA)
There are a variety of processes that have been identified in the literature as being examples of self-assembly (Pelesko, 2007). What makes these processes examples of self-assembly? Are there certain characteristics that distinguish these examples from other non-self-assembly processes? Are some characteristics more important than others? In order to identify the distinguishing characteristics of self-assembly, we analyzed researchers’ responses to visual representations of published examples of self-assembly. These researchers were asked to 1.) determine whether they believed each process was representative of self-assembly and 2.) provide an explanation/rationale for their answer. In this presentation, we will discuss the primary and secondary characteristics of self-assembly that emerged from the data.