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My team is inspired by nature's phenomenon to assemble functional, hierarchical structures over multiple length scales. We synthesize small molecules such as peptides, often in combination with synthetic or bio-polymers, to mimic natural assembly processes and create bioactive materials. We develop chemical handles such as pH, light or redox, that allow us to gain control over the type of structure that is formed as well as the dynamics and timeframe of their assembly. The materials that are prepared within our group span from anisotropic nanoparticles, over thin coatings, all the way to three-dimensional networks. These materials are tested for their performance as drug delivery vehicles or cellular scaffolds together with both national and international collaboration partners.
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