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Lecture Raffaele Mezzenga


28 November 2008 Bernoulliborg 5161.0267, Nijenborgh 9, 9747 AG, Groningen
Speaker: Prof. Raffaele Mezzenga
Affiliation: Department of Physics, University of Fribourg, Perolles, Switzerland& Nestlé Research Center, Lausanne, Switzerland
Title: Playing LEGO® with Dendrons, Dendrimers and Dendronized Polymers Supramolecular Building Blocks
Date: Fri Nov 28, 2008
Start: 11.00
Location: Bernoulliborg 5161.0267
Host: Gerrit ten Brinke
Telephone: +31 50 363 4509


In the present talk I will discuss some of the new trends emerging on the self‑assembly of supramolecular liquid crystalline polymers based on dendrons, dendrimers and dendronized polymers complexed with ionically counter charged surfactants. The variation of the generation in these dendritic polyelectrolytes introduces an additional degree of freedom in the design of their self-assembled structures, leading, for example to liquid crystalline structures with a rich phase diagram and unconventional topologies, or novel possible hierarchical structures-within-structures microphase segregated morphologies.

The new liquid crystalline topologies and hierarchical structures accessible using this approach, their physical properties and their thermodynamic nature will be discussed in the seminar by compelling experimental data and computer simulations, and their potential in existing and emerging technologies will also be considered.

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