a coarse-grained model that simulates the soft, sticky character of the molecular surfaces, which is the most important factor during self-assembly. With this model, we have created a sequence of simulations for teaching the concept of self-assembly (see the images for an example). These simulations have been well-received and used in many classrooms as an introduction to nanotechnology.
You can explore these simulations with this applet.
Several of these simulations were used by a research scientist, Dr. Frank Balzer at NanoSYD of the University of Southern Denmark, in his presentation to illustrate the principles for nanofabrication laboratory experiments.