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Inverting the design path for self-assembled block copolymers

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Recent success of inverse design methodologies in the realm of self-assembled materials has allowed us to envision an inverse path of discovery where we go from a desired target function to building blocks. In this review we examine recent advances of such inverse design methods in soft materials containing block copolymers, colloids, or DNA. By combining well-developed theoretical models with advanced inverse search algorithms, the design of such systems has been dramatically enhanced over the past decade. Advantages and disadvantages of the most prominent inverse search algorithms are discussed in the context of block copolymer directed self-assembly inverse design. The success of these methodologies in such systems shows great promise for the future of self-assembling materials, particularly for applications where the desired structure and properties of the system needed for a functional device are known.

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The article was received on 22 Jul 2017, accepted on 09 Oct 2017 and first published on 09 Oct 2017

Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00062F
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017,2, 539-548

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    Inverting the design path for self-assembled block copolymers

    K. R. Gadelrab, A. F. Hannon, C. A. Ross and A. Alexander-Katz, Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017, 2, 539
    DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00062F

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