Nanoparticles Self-Assembly Research Projects

The goal of the research activity in our group is the investigation of nanoparticles self-assembly both from a fundamental and also from a more application-driven perspective. The first step is the engineering of the nanoparticles. This requires developing new synthetic pathways, such as those leading to asymmetric Janus nanoparticles with controlled functionalization. More theoretical work is then aimed at unraveling the behavior of concentrated suspensions of colloidally unstable nanoparticles in the presence of shear forces. Other projects are more material-science oriented. One of them targets the preparation of composite materials with microstructure controlled by the application of a magnetic field. The second one aims at using co-assembly of different nanoparticles for the preparation of composite materials.

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