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Can we beat nature in designing catalysts? Towards synthetic protein-structures based on precision macromolecules

Are you up for a challenge?In this project, you'll explore if you can beat nature in making catalytic systems!Over billions of years, nature has perfected the design and synthesis of high molecular weight precision macromolecules, which are able to execute a specific function in a complex biological environment, such as proteins.The project will be embedded into a large research effort within the Soft Matter Materials Team aimed at using precision synthetic polymer chemistry to design macromolecules that can be folded …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Chemistry and Physics
Research centre(s)
Centre for Materials Science

Controlling soft matter materials at the nano-level – how to construct materials whose mechanical properties can be remotely adjusted

Nature is an expert at developing high-performance materials which combine properties like high toughness, stiffness, and low weight.Some well-known examples include:woodbonespider silk.In this project we aim to mimic the structure and properties of another, less known natural high-performance material: nacre.Additionally, we want to introduce a light-adaptive control mechanism. This will enable a controlled transformation of physical and mechanical properties in real-time.To achieve adaptable properties, a control mechanism on the molecular level is required, featuring several distinct functional plateaus.It is proposed …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Chemistry and Physics
Research centre(s)
Centre for Materials Science

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