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Structural evolution at the nano- and mesoscale

Structural evolution at the nano- and mesoscale

Objective

"This proposal aims to establish a novel type of kinetic experiment by combining microfluidics with micro-x-ray technology to develop a fundamental understanding of nucleation and growth of organic and inorganic nanoparticles, thus aiming to help producing these particles more efficiently in times of constraint materials resources.
The methodology maps particle growth kinetics form the time- to the length scale. The proposed combination with microbeam x-ray diffraction extends the temporal resolution, determined by the spot-size of the microbeam, into the microsecond regime. This enables to elucidate nanoparticle nucleation and growth from early nucleation states to late growth states during which the shape of the particles is decided, thus opening pathways to new particle morphologies and improving existing synthetic procedures.
The method is applied to the investigation of amphiphile self-assembly kinetics, inorganic nanocrystal growth and ultrafast polymer nanoparticle formation, where any improvement in the understanding of the growth mechanism is expected to directly lead to a more rational design of the synthesis, extending the range of morphologies and applications.
That way, it is expected that STREAM can clarify particle nucleation and growth to expand the possibilities of nanoparticle synthesis to provide new and better materials for energy, information and medical technology."
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Principal Investigator

Stephan Förster (Prof.)

Host institution

UNIVERSITAET BAYREUTH

Address

Universitatsstrasse 30
95447 Bayreuth

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 2 407 400

Principal Investigator

Stephan Förster (Prof.)

Administrative Contact

Marcus Urban (Mr.)

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UNIVERSITAET BAYREUTH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 2 407 400

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 291211

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2012

  • End date

    30 April 2017

Funded under:

FP7-IDEAS-ERC

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 407 400

  • EU contribution

    € 2 407 400

Hosted by:

UNIVERSITAET BAYREUTH

Germany