Augmented Reality

Viral Assembly 3D Model

Virus Self-Assembly Video

Using the 3D virus model, student will have a unique opportunity to explore the non-intuitive process of self-assembly. Molecular interactions are represented using magnets on the edges of each viral subunit. When the jar is shaken, the parts collide and self-assemble into various intermediate structures, finally assembling into a complete model of the viral capsid. Because the rate of shaking is analogous to the temperature of the system, students can use the model to investigate the role of temperature on the formation of particles.