Kinetics of intermediate-mediated self-assembly in nanosized materials: A generic model
James F. Lutsko, Vasileios Basios, Grégoire Nicolis, Tom P. Caremans, Alexander Aerts, Johan A. Martens, Christine E. A. Kirschhock, and Titus S. van Erp, "Kinetics of intermediate-mediated self-assembly in nanosized materials: A generic model", J. of Chemical Physics, 132, 164701 (2010) http://jimlutsko.github.io/files/Lutsko_2010_JCP_2.pdf
We propose in this paper a generic model of a nonstandard aggregation mechanism for self-assembly processes of a class of materials involving the mediation of intermediates consisting of a polydisperse population of nanosized particles. The model accounts for a long induction period in the process. The proposed mechanism also gives insight on future experiments aiming at a more comprehensive picture of the role of self-organization in self-assembly processes.