Welcome to the Dogic Group at Brandeis
Our research is focused on the rules and laws that govern self-assembly of materials. We create very simple model systems where we can precise control many of the parameters. This enables a rigorous and detailed comparison of experimental observations with theoretical predictions.
The particles we use have very simple hard core repulsive interactions. Despite the apparent simplicity of these building blocks, we have demonstrated that through a careful choice of particle shape and chirality it is possible to assemble at least half a dozen unique structures.
By necessity our research is highly interdisciplinary. To accomplish our goals, in addition to a host of experimental techniques, we also utilize theoretical statistical mechanics, computer simulations, biochemistry, various protein purification techniques and molecular cloning.