Soutenance de thèse : Lara Koehler



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Principles of self-assembly for particles with simple geometries and complex interactions


Lara Koehler (LPTMS)


In living cells, proteins self-assemble into large-scale functional structures based both on the specific interactions between different spots on their surfaces. The general principles that allow complex interactions to control self-assembly are largely unknown. Here, we introduce model lattice particles with trivial geometries but highly complex interactions and study their self-assembly using numerical simulations. We find that strongly anisotropic particles produce non-trivial aggregates that fall into a few stereotypical categories. Using machine learning, we accurately predict the outcome of this aggregation based on the presence of pair interactions that locally favor periodic un-frustrated arrangements. We also show that the stereotypical aggregates are fixed-points of a numerical real-space renormalization transformation.These results offer a first overview of the rich design space associated with identical particles with complex interactions, and could inspire engineered self-assembling nano-objects as well as help understand the emergence of robust functional protein structures. In particular, we show that local interaction can robustly control the size of spherical or fibrous self-assemblies of identical particle. Finally, we suggest that it is possible to systematically identify the con


Jury : Martin Lenz (directeur de thèse), Mikhail Brenner (rapporteur), Ralf Evenaers (rapporteur), Friedrich Simmel (examinateur), Zorana Zeravcic (examinatrice), Chase Broederz (examinateur)

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