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Project

Self-assembled nanocellulose structures with long-range order

In this project we will aim to elucidate the boundaries of nanoparticle self-assembly. To achieve this, we will develop a knowledge platform covering the thermodynamic driving forces for nanoparticle self-assembly as a function of nanoparticle surface functionalities and compare it to their kinetic limitations to move into structured materials at different temperatures and in different solvents. This will then be applied to create hierarchical two- and three-dimensional structures with controlled long-range order through self-assembly of rod-like and platelet-like nanoparticles.
Date:1 Oct 2014  →  30 Sep 2018
Keywords:Surface chemistry, Self-assembly, Nanocellulose
Disciplines:Analytical chemistry, Macromolecular and materials chemistry, Organic chemistry, Catalysis and reacting systems engineering, Chemical product design and formulation, General chemical and biochemical engineering, Process engineering, Separation and membrane technologies, Transport phenomena, Other (bio)chemical engineering