Polyampholyte microgels for stimuli-responsive assembly

The project will focus on the colloidal superstructures designed from polyampholyte and temperature-responsive aqueous microgels. The aim is to learn how single microgels will behave within the supracolloidal network in order to understand the macroscopic properties of such systems. This is pivotal to achieve the possibility to tailor the properties of the colloidal superstructure on demand. The experimental work will focus on the fabrication of supracolloidal structures by assembling microgels in solution and in emulsion droplets. The characterization of their structure and properties will be carried out by means of different techniques (light, X-ray and neutron scattering, confocal and cryo-transmission electron microscopy), and further supported by computer simulations.

Principle Investigators

Pich, Andrij, Prof. Dr.
Institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry (ITMC)
RWTH Aachen University
+49 241 80 23350

Richtering, Walter, Prof. Dr.
Institute of Physical Chemistry
RWTH Aachen University
+49 241 80 94760

Potemkin, Igor, Prof. Dr.
DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials
and M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University
+49 241 80 23308