Our group focuses on the bottom-up synthesis of complex particle entities from nanoparticle buidling-blocks.
Thus, we make particles from particles, so-called supraparticles.
We are interested in novel, functional properties that emerge from the cooperative properties of the combined nano-building-blocks.
In a material science approach we study how structure and complexity in a particle system determines functionality.
Nowadays, people are very good at “engineering” on an atomic scale, i.e., synthesising molecules in a highly precise way. The same holds for the meter scale, i.e., the macroscopic world. The challenge that remains today is the chemical engineering of microscopic (100 nm – 10 µm) objects. In our group, we work at these dimensions, mostly by means of wet-chemistry.
With the novel particle systems we develop, we aim at creating advanced materials for instance for sustainability applications.