Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Seminar


Self and Directed Assembly of Nanostructures


Dr. Miguel Fuentes-Cabrera


Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences


Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 11:00:00 AM


Love Building, Room 109


Alexander Alexeev


Self-assembly is a term used to describe a process in which a disordered system composed of individuals, e.g. molecules, metallic nanoparticles, proteins, is able to organize itself into an ordered structure. This phenomenon is observed in many scientific areas, from biology to materials science to sociology. In nanotechnology, self-assembly is a subject of intense research because it is seen as an efficient way of constructing structures at the nanoscale. For the last few years, and in collaboration with experimental groups at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, I have been studying the self-assembly of molecules, proteins and metallic nanoparticles. In this talk, I'll review some of our most interesting results, while presenting future directions of research, which include collective motion and active matter.


Miguel Fuentes-Cabrera was born in Tenerife, Canary Islands Spain. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of La Laguna and, after a Fulbright postdoc in materials science at Arizona State University and a postdoc in biophysics at North Carolina State University, he moved to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he has been since 2002. He's currently a staff member at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, where his main topic of research is self-organization, no matter whether self-organization takes place among molecules, proteins, droplets, or even microbes. He uses a variety of computational techniques to study self-organization, and in the last few years he has developed an interest on agent-based modeling techniques.