Robust, adaptive and self-healing materials

This project aims to study self-organising materials that are able to adapt their structure and associated properties in response to a changing environment. Inspired by the organization of bacterial communities, we aim to develop self-organising, adaptive and self-healing materials that can be further used, for instance, in sensing or drug delivery.

Researchers: Lilian de Martín and Ayomi Perera.

KEY PUBLICATIONS

  1. Y. Huang, I. Krumanocker, and M.-O. Coppens,
    "Fractal Self-Organization of Bacteria-Inspired Agents"
    ,
    Fractals
    , 2012, 20(2), 179.
    [Link]
  2. A. G. Denkova, P. H. H. Bomans, M.-O. Coppens, N. A. J. M. Sommerdijk, and E. Mendes,
    "Complex morphologies of self-assembled block copolymer micelles in binary solvent mixtures: the role of solvent-solvent correlations",
    Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 6622.
    [Link]
  3. A.G. Denkova, E. Mendes, and M.-O. Coppens,
    "Non-equilibrium dynamics of block copolymer micelles in solution: Recent insights and open questions",
    Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 2351. Invited Highlight Paper. (cover, top 10 most accessed, May 2010).
    [Link]
  4. A.G. Denkova, E. Mendes, and M.-O. Coppens,
    "Non-equilibrium dynamics of block copolymer micelles in solution: recent insights and open questions",
    J. Phys. Chem. B, 2009 113(4), 989.
    [Link]




Robust, adaptive and self-healing materials

Bacteria grow forming communities with exotic patterns depending on the environmental conditions [E. Ben-Jacob. Contemporary Physics, 38(3): pp. 205 (1997)].

Micelles are non-living agents that can assemble to form complex structures.