Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors



Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


android tablet pc

Home > Press > Chemical engineering professor awarded two grants to investigate directed self-assembly

Eric Furst
Eric Furst

Abstract:
Eric Furst, associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware, has received two grants totaling $727,000 for his work on directed self-assembly of soft materials.

Chemical engineering professor awarded two grants to investigate directed self-assembly

Newark, DE | Posted on October 20th, 2009

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Furst $292,000 to investigate interactions and self-assembly of anisotropic colloidal particles in electric fields, while the Department of Energy (DOE) has granted him $435,000 to study directed self-assembly of nanodispersions.

Soft materials, which are neither crystalline solids nor simple liquids but lie somewhere in between, include soaps, paints, gels, plastics, glues, and biological tissues.

"Biological systems have provided us with the inspiration to engineer modern soft materials using self-assembly," Furst explains. "We're using the same principles to manipulate and control the interactions of colloidal particles and other building blocks so that they spontaneously organize themselves into structures that perform a desired function."

According to Furst, directed self-assembly is especially important for the development of nanotechnology, and his two recent grants are an outgrowth of previous funding to a group of faculty in the UD Department of Chemical Engineering through NSF's Nanotechnology and Interdisciplinary Research Team (NIRT) program.

"Engineering micro- to nanoscale devices and nanostructured materials requires control and understanding of the thermodynamics and kinetics of self-assembly of nanoscale building blocks in solution," he says.

One approach to providing that control is to use electric fields to guide the process in a particular way. The new NSF grant will support work addressing that issue, with a particular focus on unusual particles known as doublets, which resemble two spheres pushed together.

"We're interested in seeing how these particles polarize in an electric field and how their shape affects their ability to form a structure," Furst says. "The work promises to give us new insights into directed self-assembly."

The DOE project will be directed toward how the technology can be used to harvest soft materials for energy applications.

Article by Diane Kukich
Photo by Doug Baker

####

About University of Delaware
The University of Delaware has a great tradition of excellence, from our founding as a small private academy in 1743, to the research-intensive, technologically advanced institution of today.

Our alumni tell our story of achievement, from our first class, which included three signers of the Declaration of Independence and one signer of the U.S. Constitution, to the more than 140,000 living Blue Hens who are making vital contributions to the world--in science, business, education, the arts, policy, health care, the environment, and many other areas. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his wife, Jill, are both UD alumni.

The University received its charter from the State of Delaware in 1833 and was designated one of the nation’s historic Land Grant colleges in 1867. Today, UD is a Land Grant, Sea Grant and Space Grant institution. UD also is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with very high research activity--a designation accorded to less than 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Phone: (302) 831-2792

www.udel.edu/ocm

Copyright © University of Delaware

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Switching to spintronics: Berkeley Lab reports on electric field switching of ferromagnetism at room temp December 17th, 2014

ORNL microscopy pencils patterns in polymers at the nanoscale December 17th, 2014

Unraveling the light of fireflies December 17th, 2014

First Home-Made Edible Herbal Nanodrug Presented to Pharmacies across Iran December 17th, 2014

Self Assembly

Revealed: How bacteria drill into our cells and kill them December 2nd, 2014

Live Images from the Nano-cosmos: Researchers watch layers of football molecules grow November 5th, 2014

Outsmarting Thermodynamics in Self-assembly of Nanostructures: Berkeley Lab reports method for symmetry-breaking in feedback-driven self-assembly of optical metamaterials November 4th, 2014

NYU Researchers Break Nano Barrier to Engineer the First Protein Microfiber October 23rd, 2014

Announcements

Switching to spintronics: Berkeley Lab reports on electric field switching of ferromagnetism at room temp December 17th, 2014

ORNL microscopy pencils patterns in polymers at the nanoscale December 17th, 2014

Unraveling the light of fireflies December 17th, 2014

First Home-Made Edible Herbal Nanodrug Presented to Pharmacies across Iran December 17th, 2014

Grants/Awards/Scholarships/Gifts/Contests/Honors/Records

SUNY Poly NanoCollege Faculty Member Selected as American Physical Society Fellow: SUNY Poly Associate Professor of Nanoscience Dr. Vincent LaBella Recognized for Significant Technological Innovations that Enable Interactive Learning December 17th, 2014

“Line dancing bacteria win the 2014 Dolomite and Lab on a Chip Video Competition” December 16th, 2014

Lifeboat Foundation gives 2014 Guardian Award to Elon Musk December 16th, 2014

UCLA engineers first to detect and measure individual DNA molecules using smartphone microscope December 15th, 2014

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More










ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE