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Molecular Self-Assembly Technique May Mimic How Cells Assemble Themselves

spherical dendrimers

The spherical dendrimers form a liquid crystal material that has an unexpectedly complex lattice structure. The lattice has a repetitive unit cell of 30 spheres -- more than 250,000 atoms -- in a rectangular volume nearly 20 nanometers by 10 nanometers.

Credit: Virgil Percec, University of Pennsylvania