The Sprakel Group @ Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter
In the Responsive Colloidal Systems group of Dr. Joris Sprakel, we work on the preparation and study of new materials based on colloidal building and conjugated polymer building blocks. Our work ranges from the molecular engineering of semiconducting polymers, development of new chemical strategies to prepare functional colloidal building blocks, to the study of concentrated polymeric and colloidal systems and the development of optical methods to do so.
Within this huge playground of soft matter science, with one foot in both chemistry and physics, we focus on three main themes:
- Colloidal glasses and crystals
- Soft conjugated polymer materials for self-assembled optoelectronics
- Non-equilibrium dynamics in colloidal suspensions
Current Research Topics
- Fast, small and strong: Probing viscoelastic properties of binary colloidal networks with optically trapped nanoparticles - Jan Maarten van Doorn, MSc.
- Coalescence of complex fluid droplets - Ties van de Laar, MSc.
- Colloidal LEGO with peptides; Orthogonal self-assembly of peptide-functionalized colloids, Jeroen Appel, MSc.
- Conjugated Polyelectrolytes, Hande Cingil, MSc.
- Film Formation in Complex Colloidal Coatings, Hanne van der Kooij, MSc.
- Colloid Dynamics at Anisotropically Curved Interfaces - Maarten van Heek, MSc.
- Self-assembled interpenetrating networks from synthetic polymers - Malgorzata Bohdan, MSc.
- Conductive self-assembled networks - Ruben Higler, MSc.