Functional membranes and anisotropic particles
Controlling material transport with high selectivity and efficacy still represents a great challenge. Role models can be found in Nature e.g. in cellular membranes. In these membranes, various embedded macromolecular components manage molecular recognition as well as transport with high selectivity and efficacy. We work on membranes prepared with various small molecules where we envision preparing stimulus-responsive membranes for e.g. water purification.
Dynamic light scattering opens access to sizes and shapes of aggregates in solution. In particular, various anisotropic objects which are prepared in Professor Weil’s group will be in the focus of our study to gain a deeper fundamental understanding of the structure-property relationship. This investigation will be important for applications of these materials e.g. in biomedicine or materials science.