Self-assembly group (CIC3)


A. Plant viruses as scaffolds for nanoscale structures
The Tobacco mosaic Virus (TMV) is the example for self-assembly. Its coat proteins assemble to well-defined 18 nm thick tubes with 4 nm wide channels. We use the channel and outer surface for modifications with the aim of making new nanoscale devices such as conductive wires, ferromagnetic tubes, and small containers for liquids.

B. Electrospinning of self-assembling molecules to wires
The natural self-assembly of peptides to fibers is extended to electrospinning assembly in high electrical fields. We hope to find new pathways of molecular assembly, and to analyse formation mechanism for fibers of biological relevance.

C. Self-assembling organic spintronics
We design nanoscale devices that are compatible with deposition and organisation of organic conductors from solutions.

D. Porous carbon electrodes for electrochemical capacitors and batteries
Supercapacitors are nearly ideal energy storage devices for high power applications. The long-term stability is a big hurdle towards widespread use. We analyse chemical and electrochemical changes of the electrodes.

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