Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Star Polymers (When Soft Matter Goes Really Soft – A New Paradigm for Star Polymer Self-Assembly)
Reporting period: 2020-01-13 to 2022-01-12
The vast majority of the work performed during this action revolved around the experimental realization of colloidal model systems for self-assembly purposes. This was achieved by combining polymer and colloid chemistry in an innovative way by introducing the PICA concept. To verify the feasibility of this new paradigm for colloidal assembly, the synthetic/experimental endeavors can be divided in three distinct elements: (i) development of experimental set-up, (ii) selection and optimization of suitable polymerization procedures and (iii) selection and synthesis of colloidal particles. With these three components in hand, the PICA concept was experimentally verified.
Part of the work performed were disseminated in scientific publications (6) and presentations (5). Most notable examples are listed below:
- B. G. P. van Ravensteijn*, I. K. Voets, Colloids Out of Equilibrium: An Uphill Battle, Phys. Today 2021
- B. G. P. van Ravensteijn*, I. K. Voets*, Nanoparticles Exploring the Macroscopic World. Matter 2021, 2021, 4, 2661.
- B. G. P. van Ravensteijn, P. A. Hage, I. K. Voets, Framed by Depletion. Nature Mater. 2020, 19, 1261.
- B. G. P. van Ravensteijn*, J. R. Magana, I. K. Voets, Manipulating Matter with a Snap of your Fingers: A Touch of Thanos in Colloid Science. Superhero Science and Technology, 2020, 1, 19.
- B. G. P. van Ravensteijn*, I. K. Voets, W. K. Kegel, R. Eelkema, Out-of-equilibrium Colloidal Assembly Driven by Chemical Reaction Networks. Langmuir 2020, 36, 10639.