MRL Room 2053
Prof. E.W. "Bert" Meijer
Institute for Complex Molecular Systems, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Prof. Craig Hawker
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The intriguing prospects of molecular electronics, nanotechnology, biomaterials, and the aim to close the gap between synthetic and biological molecular systems are important ingredients to study the cooperative action of molecules in the assembly towards functional supramolecular materials and systems. For chemists, the non-covalent synthesis of these supramolecular architectures is regarded as one of the most challenging objectives in science: How far can we push chemical self-assembly and can we get control over the properties and functions of the responsive and adaptive architectures made? Moreover, the increasing number of different components in the assembly processes increases the complexity of the system, as many competing events occur, and pathway selection is needed to arrive at the state required for the function.[1]

Mastering this complexity with a combination of experiments and simulations is a prerequisite to achieve the challenges set in creating functional materials and systems. In the lecture we illustrate our approach using several recent examples out of our own laboratories. In all cases the control over the position of the molecules in time and space is needed. We will show the concept for their use as nanomaterials for electronics, novel nanomaterials for spin-controlled water-splitting and as active ingredients in biomedical applications, with supramolecular polymers as a key element.[2]

[1] G. Vantomme and E.W. Meijer, Science 2019, 363, 1396-1397.

[2] T. Aida and E.W. Meijer, Israel J. Chem. 2020, 60, 33-47.


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