In our lab, we study how chemical and physical information can be incorporated into nano and microscale systems, and what is the relationship between information, structure and function.
Our research interests include:
Stimuli responsive micro and nanosystems
1-D to 3-D folding in the nanoscale
Chemical reactions in confined environments
Multi-compartmental organic and inorganic nanoparticles
Chemical information in micro and nanoscale systems
June 6, 2023
New Paper: Controlling Nano-to-Microscale Multilevel Architecture in Polymeric Microfibers through Polymerization-Induced Spontaneous Phase Separation
How can one control the architecture of a polymeric fiber in the nanoscale? Here we propose to couple spontaneous phase separation to a crosslinking reaction and perform both within a polymeric fiber. The result - polymeric fibers with surprising inner architectures!
Congratulations to Maya Molco for developing this fantastic system, which was just published in Polymers, and we can not wait to see what other systems we can get using this novel approach.
June 5, 2023
New Paper: Architecture-Based Programming of Polymeric Micelles to Undergo Sequential Mesophase Transitions
Congrats Nicole and Parul for this great work done in collaboration with Amir's group, showing how a combination of amphiphilic block copolymers can lead to different mesophases ranging from micelles to hydrogels depending on their chemical structures, hydrophilic/hydrophobic ratio, and relative concentration, and can be used for sequential enzymatically induced transitions from (i) micelles to (ii) hydrogel and finally to (iii) dissolved polymers.
July 7, 2022
New paper: Anisotropic Microparticles through Periodic Autofragmentation of Amphiphilic Triblock Copolymer Microfibers
One of the frustrating things in science is when Mother Nature decides to shove in and literally break down your perfect fibers. That’s what happened to Nicole Edelstein-Perdo, my joint student with Prof. Roey Amir, but she showed Mother Nature and published a great paper about it!
Congrats Nicole and the team for an exciting paper, in collaboration with Roey Amir’s and Roy Beck Barkai’s groups at Tel Aviv University, just published in Chemistry of Materials.
February 9, 2022
Together with the Markovich Lab, we present the transformation of thin polymer fibres and fabrics into conductive materials by in situ growth of a thin, optically transparent gold–silver nanowire (NW) mesh directly on the surface of polymer fibres. we show that the NW network morphology depends on the diameter of the polymer fibres, where at small diameters (1–2 μm), the NWs form a randomly oriented network, but for diameters above several micrometers, the NWs wrap around the fibres transversally. This phenomenon is associated with the stiffness of the surfactant templates used for the NW formation. The approach demonstrated in this work can be extended to other polymeric fibres and could be useful for various smart electronic textile applications.
February 3, 2022
New paper: Messy or Ordered? Multiscale Mechanics Dictates Shape-Morphing of 2D Networks Hierarchically Assembled of Responsive Microfibers
We present the fabrication of highly-ordered 2D networks hierarchically constructed of thermoresponsive mesoscale polymeric fibers, which can exhibit morphing with microscale resolution. The morphing of such networks strongly dependson two intrinsic length scales - the fiber diameter and mesh size. Depending on these parameters, such fiber-networks exhibit one of two thermally driven morphing behaviors: i)the fibers stay straight, and the network preserves its ordered morphology; or ii) the fibers buckle and the network becomes messy and highly disordered. Notably, in both cases, the networks display memory and regain their original ordered morphology upon shrinking.