Ashley Taylor (Winston Salem State University)
The lock and key models using Pac-man particles is an alternative identification mechanism for directing the assembly of combined structures. The system was guided by Fischer's lock-and-key principle which consisted of colloidal spheres as keys and monodisperse colloidal particles with a spherical cavity as locks that bind. What makes this so specific is the fact that the assembly is controlled by how closely the size of a spherical colloidal key particle matches the radius of the spherical cavity of the lock particle. Viscosity measurements were also looked at because nano-particles are known to change the resistance of the fluid.