Module 1: Mechanically responsive materials accross different length scales

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Nature uses a plethora of processes that translate mechanical action into chemical reactions and vice versa to enable a diverse range of vital functions. The idea to mimic this general approach and employ mechanochemical transduction schemes to create functional synthetic polymers has recently gained significant traction, but examples of mechanochemically induced property changes in artificial materials are still rare, especially in the solid state. Inspired by the general principles found in Nature, this module aims to develop design principles for new materials that translate mechanical stress into pre-defined molecular events and functions, as well as materials in which mechanical responses can be triggered chemically. This knowledge is used to design novel materials with useful stimuli-responsive functionalities.

Research projects

  • Mechanochemically responsive and mechanically adapting polymers
  • Mechanically responsive block copolymer nanoreactors inspired by the marine bioluminiscence of dinoflagellates
  • Auxetic polymer networks
  • Mechanically tunable materials through stimuli-responsive capsules
  • Adaptive functional polymers and nanocontainers
  • Mechano-responsive CaCO3-based coatings
  • Mechanically-responsive nanoparticles

 

Project leaders:

Mechanochemically responsive and mechanically adapting polymers

Mechanically responsive block copolymer nanoreactors inspired by the marine bioluminiscence of dinoflagellates

Auxetic polymer networks

Mechanically tunable materials through stimuli-responsive capsules

Adaptive functional polymers and nanocontainers

Mechano-responsive CaCO3-based coatings

Mechanically-responsive nanoparticles

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