Session S67b (Wednesday, 2pm, CHEM 102)

P835: Researchers' perceptions of self-assembly: Reactions to visual representations of self-assembly

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.

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