Soft Matter Scattering Research Group

Soft Matter Scattering's activity is led by Dr. Sandor Balog and aims to understand how natural and synthetic nanostructured soft materials interact with their environment, what governs their behavior, and how they respond to diverse stimuli. Understanding of such fundamental phenomena may be applied in order to engineer and tailor desired functionalities that relate to structure, size, and morphology at the nanoscale. Scattering techniques represent a unique toolbox to characterize these features. We currently focus on (nano)structure-(macro)property correlations in ion-containing polymers for electrolyte applications dedicated to electrochemical cells and are also actively engaged in tackling the physics of in vitro experiments dedicated to exploring the interactions between man-made and engineered nanomaterials with biological nanostructures and the measurable impact on cell response.

Adolphe Merkle Institute - Chemin des Verdiers 4 - CH-1700 Fribourg - Phone +41 26 300 9254