Organic molecules and polymers are frequently able to self-organize, to
organize on templates or to organize under the influence of external fields.
Such phenomena were successfully studied in Halle in the field of block
copolymers, lipids and liquid crystals. Building on this experience and
in combination with complementary knowledge available in the other
research topics more sophisticated systems containing different
material classes will be engineered and investigated.
Inorganic ordered porous materials like etched alumina or silicon are used as a general template for nanostructuring soft materials. These templates provide e.g. the possibility to create polymeric nanorods and nanotubes by wetting processes. Fundamental problems arise in understanding crystallization and microphase separation in these objects. The resulting structures are of potential interest as:
Another possibility is to use etched alumina (as discussed in NT) structures to confine proteins in the pores or to deposit proteins on top of the pores. Scientific questions on the dynamics of proteins under confinement and morphology development of proteins on top of alumina membranes need to be addressed.
(letzte Änderung: 07.12.2011, 08:59 Uhr)