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THRUST 2:
BUILDING HIERARCHY

Goal: Master the free energy landscapes that control the assembly of ordered templates into hierarchical and hybrid materials.

Challenge: The interplay of kinetic processes on downhill free energy landscapes are a rich source of morphological diversity but the rules that underpin hierarchical assembly have not been codified.

Approach: Develop CG models predicting expansion from initial order to extended lattices, nanoparticle assemblies, and scaffolds driving morphogenesis.  Push the boundaries of what is possible in hierarchical material synthesis.

Outcome: A predictive understanding of the design features and solution conditions that drive materials growth and morphological evolution.