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Adaptive & Responsive Nanomaterials Group

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Adaptive & Responsive Nanomaterials Group

Our research group is interested in the fundamental question of how materials form and interact on the nanoscale. Our design motifs are typically based on molecular self-assembly, with building blocks including oligomers, polymers and nanoparticles. We work at the forefront of methodology development and have published a number of research technique papers as well as open-source software packages. Ultimately, our aim is to create colloids and interfaces that can selectively interact with chemical and biological entities via molecular recognition. Our work is relevant for applications in healthcare and the environment, and we already inform clinical prototypes for therapeutic drug monitoring in paediatric cancer.

Recent highlights by the group

Schematic of Swell & Lock mechanism

Langmuir (2022)

Solvent vapor annealing for controlled pore expansion of block copolymer-assembled inorganic mesoporous films

Overview figure for controlled porosity in ferroelectric BaTiO3 photoanodes

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2022)

Controlled Porosity in Ferroelectric BaTiO3 Photoanodes

Overview Figure Dual-Mode and Label-Free Detection of Exosomes from Plasma Using an Electrochemical Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation Monitoring

Analytical Chemistry (2022)

Dual-mode and label-free detection of exosomes from plasma using an electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring

ToC figure of Interparticle forces of a native and encapsulated metal-organic framework and their effects on colloidal dispersion

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2021)

Interparticle forces of a native and encapsulated metal-organic framework and their effects on colloidal dispersion

ToC figure of Fluorinated Metal–Organic Coatings with Selective Wettability

Journal of American Chemical Society (2021)

Fluorinated metal-organic coatings with selective wettability

Schematic of block copolymer directed metamaterials

Advanced Optical Materials (2021)

Block copolymer directed metamaterials and metasurfaces for novel optical devices