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Polymeric Self-Assembling Units for a Controlled Adsorption and Release at the Nanoscale

Polymeric Self-Assembling Units for a Controlled Adsorption and Release at the Nanoscale

Objective

Creating novel building blocks, which allow for an easy and large-scale fabrication of complex materials, is a challenge and a central goal of diverse scientific fields, ranging from Physics to Materials Science.
In recent publications, I introduced di-block copolymer stars (or telechelic star polymers - TSPs) as novel self-assembling building blocks (“soft legos”), made of a soft core, decorated by a tunable number of functionalized regions or patches.

TSPs have a robust and flexible architecture and they possess the ability to self-assemble at different levels. At the single-molecule level, they first order as soft patchy colloids which serve then as “soft Lego” for the emergence of larger structures. At the supramolecular level of self-assembly, the soft colloids form complex crystal structures, such as for example diamond or cubic phases.

In this project I propose to investigate how such a novel class of highly versatile tunable building blocks can be applied to the self-assembly of novel and designable soft-materials and how to exploit their self- assembly properties for a controlled adsorption and release of nanomaterial into functionalised predetermined regions.

IIn contrast to many functionalised building blocks, telechelic star polymers particles are soft and they self-assemble into patchy structures, without the need for cumbersome synthesis techniques.
The quantitative multiscale approach that will be used to carry out the theoretical part of this project, will allow a direct mapping to an experimental realization of the system.

The objective of this proposal is to investigate how to induce and control a tunable adsorption of nanomaterial within the intramolecular TSP’s self-assembling process, and to use such particles to perform controllable delivery of nanomaterial into target functionalised regions.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI ROMA TRE

Address

Via Ostiense 159
00154 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 168 277,20

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 751255

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    2 May 2017

  • End date

    31 May 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 168 277,20

  • EU contribution

    € 168 277,20

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI ROMA TRE

Italy