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20.07.2017 | Publications

Three-dimensional Magnetization Structures Revealed with X-Ray Vector Nanotomography

Researchers from Mesoscopic Systems (Prof. Laura Heyderman), from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), and from the University of Glasgow have for the first time made visible the directions of the magnetisation inside a micrometre-sized magnet in 3D down to details ten thousand times smaller than a millimetre (100 nanometres). Read more 

15.06.2017 | Publications

Universal Emulsion Stabilization

Researchers led by Lucio Isa (Interfaces, Soft Matter and Assembly), have developed microparticles with a rough, raspberry-like surface that stabilise emulsions following a new principle. Read more 

12.05.2017 | Publications

Cyclic Polymers in The Spotlight: From Scientific Curiosity to Advanced Materials for Gene Delivery and Surface Modification

The recent works on the synthesis and application of cyclic polymers by the team of Dr. Edmondo M. Benetti, Surface Science and Technology, have been highlighted in Angewandte Chemie. Read more 

17.03.2017 | Publications

Polymer “Shields” Designed to Last

A team of researchers from the Department of Materials led by Dr. Edmondo M. Benetti have demonstrated that when cyclic polymer ligands are grafted onto inorganic NPs, ultra-dense and highly compact brush shells are generated. Read more 

15.03.2017 | Publications

Hairy, Lubricious and Tissue-Reactive Polymers

A team of researchers from the Department of Materials, coordinated by Dr. Edmondo M. Benetti and Prof. Marcy Zenobi-Wong (D-HEST), developed an injectable, synthetic formulation for the treatment of cartilage degeneration during osteoarthritis. This takes inspiration from the lubricating properties of polymer brush interfaces, which are structurally similar to synovial bio-lubricants present in the articular joint. Read more 

10.03.2017 | Publications

Light-switching of Enzymatic Activity in Functionalized Polymer Brushes

UV- and visible light-induced switching of enzymatic activity has been demonstrated using surface-grafted polymer brushes functionalized with microperoxidase MP-11 and spiropyran mojeties. Integration into an optofluidic device allowed reversible switching of the enzymatic activity under flow. Read more 

28.02.2017 | Publications

Geologically-inspired Strong Bulk Ceramics Made with Water at Room Temperature

Material scientists in the Complex Materials group have developed a new method of manufacturing ceramics that does not require the starting materials to be fired. Instead, they are compacted under high pressure at room temperature in a significantly more energy-efficient process. Read more 

21.12.2016 | Publications

Aerogels and the Wonders of the Universe

Felix Rechberger and Prof. Markus Niederberger publish a review article on aerogels which is featured on the inside front cover of Nanoscale Horizons and is highlighted in the series 'Under the Covers' by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Read more 

03.11.2016 | Publications

Ceramics 3D Printed from Foams

Researchers from the Complex Materials group have used an additive manufacturing process to print an extremely porous ceramic component. Manufacturing a material of this kind with a 3D printer is a considerable achievement. Read more 

25.10.2016 | Publications

Topological Polymer Chemistry Enters Surface Science: Linear versus Cyclic Polymer Brushes

Topological effects by cyclic polymers are enhanced in the confinement of a flat surface: a research team led by Dr. Edmondo M. Benetti have demonstrated that cyclic polyoxazoline brushes provide higher steric stabilization with respect to their linear analogues, and display super-lubricious behavior in water. Read more 

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