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Computational study of assisted assembly of colloids

Objective

Colloids are particles of about a millionth of a meter that,
when dispersed in a solvent, may assemble into sophisticated
structures and form materials whose properties can be exploited:
gels, microcapsules for drug delivery, catalytic media.
Most studies so far seek that particles spontaneously “self-assemble” into these structures at constant conditions.
This is the most straightforward and desirable route. However,
a structure with desired properties is not always
accessible via self-assembly. This research program plans
to investigate how the assembly of colloidal structures
can be assisted by dynamically manipulating the conditions
in which the assembly process takes place. The proposed research plans
to investigate
colloidal structures of technological or scientific relevance such as gels, vesicles and crystals, expecting to make important
advancements towards the formation of these structures and the control of their properties.
This will be done by means of computer simulations, vital to the design of new assembled
colloidal structures because they enable the exploration of a large
parameter space before starting painstaking experiments.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-CIG
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Address
Avenida Seneca 2 Edificio Seneca
28040 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 75 000
Administrative Contact
Maribel Rodríguez Villa (Mrs.)