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Network Models for Materials and Biological Systems


Abstract The properties of materials depend heavily on the spatial distribution and connectivity of their constituent parts. This applies equally to materials such as diamond and glasses as it does to biomolecules that are the product of billions of years of evolution. In science, insight is often gained through simple models with characteristics that are the result of the few features that have purposely been retained. Common to all research within in this thesis is the use of network-based models to describe the properties of materials. This work begins with the description of a technique for decoupling boundary effects from intrinsic properties of nanomaterials that maps the atomic distribution of nanomaterials of diverse shape and size but commo... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor De Graff, Adam M R (Author) / Thorpe, Michael F. (Advisor) / Ghirlanda, Giovanna (Committee member) / Matyushov, Dmitry (Committee member) / Ozkan, Sefika B. (Committee member) / Treacy, Michael M. J. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Biophysics / amorphous materials / constraint model / cryo-EM fitting / density fluctuations / protein unfolding
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 191 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Physics 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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