Research / Areas of ResearchSelf-Assembly
Functional materials can be created with rational self-assembly of building blocks over a broad range of length scales, from small molecules and polymers to nanoparticles and nanowires.
Northwestern researchers fabricate thin film nanodielectrics that dramatically enhance the performance of organic and inorganic transistors. Self-assembly of polymer chains leads to flexible but strong sacs that function as mini laboratories for stem cell growth. Programmed assembly of nanoparticles is used to create new materials with highly tunable properties for the development of novel biomolecule sensing and separation technologies.