Theme 2 colloquium: "Flexible colloidal structures" (Lecture)
- Tuesday 13 November 2018Add to my calendar
- from 16:00
dr. Daniela Kraft (Soft Condensed Matter, Leiden University)
Colloidal particles are powerful building blocks for creating functional designer materials and model systems. To date, however, most structures built from colloids are static and thus limited in their functionality. What is missing is the structural flexibility and mobility that is typically exploited in robots and machines. In this talk, I will show how we can take the concept of flexibility to the colloidal length scale by experimentally realizing “colloidal joints”. Similar to their macroscopic cousins, these novel elements allow us to bind particles in a flexible fashion and control their range of motion. I will demonstrate their potential for creating flexible colloidal structures by assembling flexible colloidal molecules – models for molecules that can be used to study the influence of shape, interactions, and flexibility on their behavior. Understanding the impact of flexibility in thermally excitable structures will ultimately enable the design of smart shape-shifting materials and micro-robots.
dr. Peter Korevaar & dr. Evan Spruijt