Self-assembly of polymers and colloids

 

Nature uses self-assembly to create impressive structural complexity. In the area of polymers and colloids the same self-assembly mechanisms represent an elegant way to structure materials and surfaces from the nano- to the microscale. We are interested in the basic principles of self-assembly, their thermodynamics and kinetics, for the controlled structuring of materials for tailored functionality.

 

Recent topics:

 

Templated mesoporous single crystals

(Nature Materials 2007)

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Lateral growth mechanism of nanoparticles

(Science 2010)

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Lyotropic quasicrystals of 12- and 18-fold symmetry

(PNAS 2011)

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Nanoporous membrane formation

(EU-project SELFMEM)