EMERGENCE OF ORDER
Goal: Predict how the chemistry and sequence of inorganic, polymer & protein building blocks gives rise to ordered templates.
Challenge: The many configurational degrees of freedom, slow dynamics and partially ordered states of macromolecules greatly complicate the prediction of the structural features and solution conditions leading to order.
Approach: Combine unique strengths in: CG modeling grounded in quantum descriptors of interactions; in situ high-resolution, high-speed microscopy; and synthetic expertise.
Outcome: Quantitative links between block design and the pathways and rates through which order emerges.