Colloid Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Interfaces - Rheometric analysis and study of structure formation in dispersed systems and nanocomposites
Inorganic nanoparticles dispersed in polymers are used for a broad range of applications. In most cases, the interface chemistry between the inorganic component and the polymer is key to understand the microstructure of such composites. On the other hand, many (amphiphilic) polymers are able to develop nanostructures spontaneously. The project will try to follow these and related effects by study of the viscoelastic behaviour of the polymers and nanocomposites.