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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
  • Reversible self-assembly
  • Chemical reactions in confined environments 
  • Multi-compartmental organic and inorganic nanoparticles
  • Chemical information in micro and nanoscale systems

March 30, 2024


Can we build fabrics that will act as batteries? Edi Mados and the group demonstrate, in collaboration with the Golodnitsky Group, the formation of flexible fabrics that serve as battery components. These innovative fabrics incorporate a flexible cathode and current collector microfibers, achieving impressive performance levels. The research, published in the Journal of Power Sources, opens up exciting possibilities for applications ranging from “smart” textiles to flexible micro-batteries.

March 6, 2024


Biological systems often feature two-dimensional shape-morphing networks with intriguing physical properties. In Shiran's recent work, published in Soft Matter, we’ve created inhomogeneous networks using thermo-responsive microfibers. By strategically arranging fibers with varying responses, we achieve directional actuation. Notably, individual segments within the network exhibit either linear extension or buckling upon swelling, akin to Landau’s second-order phase transition. These microscale variations translate into observable macroscopic effects. 

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June 6, 2023

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


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


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

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.

Now recruiting!

Talented and outstanding PostDocs and Ph.D. students
Prior knowledge of micro-fabrication, photolithography and polymer synthesis - an advantage. 
Please contact for more details 
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