Complex Systems

The PSCM contributes also to research endeavours that address materials ranging from colloids to complex systems, and involving both fundamental scientific interest and widespread applications with societal impact. For example, we (a) synthesize model colloids and characterize their structural and dynamical features across phase transitions, (b) investigate in-situ the nucleation, growth and aggregation of nanoparticles in solution, (c) characterize the bulk and interface nanostructure of ionic liquids and complex fluids, (d) investigate the structure and dynamics of microemulsions and ouzo-systems, (e) characterize chemical reactions and ionic effects in molecular systems at air-liquid, liquid-liquid and solid-liquid interfaces. We also support researchers investigating complex biological materials ranging from silk, pollens, nacre and sea-shells to cells, tissues, muscles and bones.