Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Self-Assembly, Self-Organization: Nanotechnology

Bensaude-Vincent, Bernadette

Journal Information:
Vol. 3, Num. 1


This paper analyzes the idea of self-assembly, or the ordered construction of products on the nanoscale without human intervention, and why it has received such fervent interest over the past few decades. The author looks at hybridization, biomimetics and integration as research programs of self-assembly in nanotechnology [that] characterize their metaphysical implications. While some dismiss self-assembly and self-organization (which differ in that self-organization also requires a capacity for unitary organization [polarization] and a capacity to regenerate a regular structure when the components are altered [regulation]) as reductionism, the author would prefer people to be more open-minded and accept that it is, in fact, a part of chemistry and biology. Simply put, the difference between assembly and organization comes down to an urge to go beyond the current reductionism that characterizes the molecular approach to chemical and biological phenomena.