Self-Assembling Beta-Peptides

While some people in Professor Gellman's group are working on designing drugs, others are working on designing beta-peptides that will come together on their own, without any help from an outside source. This kind of self ordering is called self assembly. Think of a marching band that is entertaining the crowd during half time at a football game. Imagine if the marching band members spelled out a word or made the shape of the mascot without a director telling each individual where to go. This would be similar to the way beta-peptides would align to form assemblies with interesting properties.

Marching Band Aligning Into a Shape