Soft Condensed Matter Group:
Soft condensed matter systems are materials which deform easily under the
influence of external fields such as electric fields, shear or gravity. They
contain structures with length scales that are much larger than atomic or
molecular dimensions, and display dynamics that are much slower. Nevertheless,
their structure and dynamics are still governed by thermal fluctuations. We
study the physics of soft matter model systems and, using these insights,
fabricate new mesostructured materials from them. Our research tools consist of
confocal microscopy, scattering methods, colloid synthesis, computer
simulations, and theory.
Alfons van Blaaderen, Arnout Imhof and Patrick Baesjou (all SCM) were awarded a grant in the “STW Open Technology program” for their research project: “Switchable Optics with Responsive Colloids".
Krassimir Velikov (SCM) was granted an EU project NanoTrans: “Transport of Soft Matter at the Nanoscale”. The goal will be to investigate the effect of solvent migration on particles dynamics and interactions in particle structured products and their effect on rheology and stability (e.g. sedimentation). The focus will be on understanding the difference between structuring of aqueous and oil continuous systems.
Marjolein Dijkstra new Scientific Director Debye Institute
On 26 January 2015, Prof. Marjolein Dijkstra was appointed Scientific Director of the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science by dean Gerrit van Meer. With this appointment, Prof. Marjolein Dijkstra succeeds Prof. Krijn de Jong, who was Scientific Director for the past 3 years. The appointment is for the period February 1, 2015 to February 1, 2018.
The Debye Institute is an interdisciplinary research institute that involves participation of the groups from Chemistry and
Physics. The Scientific Director is alternately from each of the concerned departments.
Switching plastic crystals of colloidal rods with electric fields
Dr. Laura Filion receives a VENI-subsidy from NWO.
KNAW membership for Prof.dr Alfons van Blaaderen.
October 2012: Colloidal bead chains in Angewandte Chemie
|last modified: 25-04-2018, 11.29|