Team Number: 043
School Name: Los Alamos High School
Area of Science: Microbiology
Project Title: Microtubule Self-Assembly in a Parallel Simulation Environment
Microtubules can be coated with a variety of metals, thus enhancing their electromagnetic properties. Their dielectric properties are ideal for various purposes, such as absorption filters. Also, metallic microtubules can be used for micro electronics, mainly to act as a ‘nanowire’ to connect microelectrodes.
Our program will create an ideal environment which allows the self-assembly and metallization of metal-clad microtubules. Our program will then simulate, at the molecular level, the crystallization of this structure. An ideal environment might lead to an effective cost/performance ratio which will lead to the marketing of this process.