Module 2: Responsive materials by self-assembly
This module focuses on the fundamental physical and physical-chemical aspects of self-assembly as well as applications of self-assembled structures in photonic applications. Self-assembly happens when the components of a system assemble themselves spontaneously via an interaction to form a larger functional unit. This spontaneous organization can take place because of a direct interaction and/or environmental factors.
- Understanding and controlling the interactions between responsive building blocks for smart materials design.
- Confinement induced stable liquid phases mimicking the behavior in cell membrane lipid bilayers.
- Ultrafast stimuli-responsive color-changing hydrogels.
- Multi-responsive photonic materials as tunable filters, sensors and switches.
- Develop a better understanding on how to control interactions between colloidal building blocks of smart materials.
- Unravel the physical mechanisms by which quenched disorder can arrest the process of phase separation.
- Reproduce the color effect of an expanding-contracting pigment pouch using clusters of stimuli-responsive microgels.
- Develop and tailor biomimetic photonic materials that can respond to different external triggers using colloidal self-assembly or lithography and subsequent chemical modification.