Degree Granting Department
Nathan Crane, Ph.D.
Nathan Gallant, Ph.D.
Alex Savachkin, Ph.D.
Assemblies, Micro-Integration, Capillary Forces, Stochastic Processes, Assembly Kinetics
Self-Assembly in the context of micro-scale integration refers to a developing set of techniques which exploit phenomena resulting in the spontaneous integration of micro-scale components into designed systems. Self-Assembly may be leveraged most effectively in parallel assembly processes. This thesis studies the modeling of micro-scale self-assembly processes as stochastic processes. The researchers propose that self-assembly processes may be modeled as Markov chains. In order to develop these models a Self-Assembly test system was created and trials were conducted using this system. Initial tests into the hypothesis that variables contributing to the transition probabilities include the kinetic energy of the assembly interaction, the energy minimized during assembly, and the area fraction of bonding sites on the assembly surface are tested.
Scholar Commons Citation
Hendrick, Gary, "Modeling and Experimentation of Micro-Scale Self-Assembly Processes" (2010). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.