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2020 Materials science lecture series: advanced materials - 7 February 2020

2020 Materials science lecture series: advanced materials - 7 February 2020

Feb 07, 2020 - 10.00 uur

Universiteit Hasselt

campus Diepenbeek

Agoralaan Gebouw D

3590 Diepenbeek

Lokaal Room A102

MRS/E-MRS joint chapter of Hasselt University: 2020 materials science lecture series: advanced materials.

Speaker: Bert Meijer - Institute for complex systems, Eindhoven University of Technology

Functional supramolecular systems and materials

Friday 7 February 2020, 10:00

Room A102, Building D, Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek.


The intriguing prospects of molecular electronics, nanotechnology, biomaterials, and the aim to close the gap between synthetic and biological molecular systems are important ingredients to study the cooperative action of molecules in the assembly towards functional supramolecular materials and systems. The design and synthesis of well-defined supramolecular architectures requires a balanced choice between covalent and non-covalent synthesis of the different fragments. For synthetic chemists, the non-covalent synthesis of these supramolecular architectures is regarded as one of the most challenging objectives in science: How far can we push chemical selfassembly and can we get control over the kinetic instabilities of the non-covalent architectures made?
Moreover the increasing number of different components in the assembly processes increases the complexity of the system, as many competing events occur, and pathway selection is needed. Mastering this complexity with a combination of experiments and simulations is a prerequisite to achieve the challenges set in creating functional materials and systems. In the lecture we illustrate our approach using several examples out of our own laboratories, with the aim to come to new strategies for multi-step non-covalent synthesis of functional supramolecular materials and systems..