Welcome Zhiyu

Zhiyu Song joined the group as a PhD student. He will be working on hydrogels and simulate their mechanical properties. Welcome!

Antrittsvorlesung

At the Tag des CBI 2017 Prof. Michael Engel presented his inaugural lecture.

Welcome Marco

Marco Klement joined the group as a PhD student. He will be working on developing and applying computational methods for the study of anisotropic particles. Welcome!

Paper on DNA-programmable self-assembly published in ‚Science‘

A research collaboration involving Michael Engel reported the self-assembly of gold nanoparticles of a particular shape with DNA ligands into clathrate colloidal crystals. The work required a combined effort of state-of-the-art synthesis techniques and DEM computer simulations.

Clathrate Colloidal Crystals
Haixin Lin, Sangmin Lee, Lin Sun, Matthew Spellings, Michael Engel, Sharon C. Glotzer, Chad A. Mirkin
Science 335, 931-935 (2017)

Some publicity:

Welcome Alberto

Alberto Leonardi joined the group as a postdoctoral researcher. He will be working on simulations and analysis of the structure and microstructure of nanomaterials. Welcome!

Poster award for Eric

Congratulations to Eric Görlitzer for the first prize in the annual MAP poster contest with a poster on simulating disordered photonic materials!

Welcome Chrameh

Chrameh Fru Mbah joined the group as a PhD student. He will be working on colloidal crystallization in collaboration with the group of Prof. Nicolas Vogel. Welcome!

Apply now: Ferienakademie Sarntal 2017

The Ferienakademie is a summer school with a long tradition organized by three universities in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. It is an excellent opportunity to spend two weeks in late summer/early fall in the Tyrol mountains (northern Italy) to learn and explore science, coding, and nature.

This year Nils Thurey (TU Munich), Miriam Mehl (Uni Stuttgart), and Michael Engel are offering a course on the topic “Creating Animations by Machine Learning and Simulation” to Master’s students in computer science, engineering, math, physics, and chemistry.

The dates of the course are: 17.09. – 29.09.2017.
Application is now open until 9 May 2017.

More information can be found at:
PDF: Ferienakademie-Plakat-2017
www: http://www.ferienakademie.de/

Poster award for Junwei

Junwei Wang, a PhD student working in the Vogel lab on a joint project, received a best poster award at the annual symposium of the EAM cluster at Kloster Banz. Congratulations!

Two high-impact publications

We are very excited about two new nanoparticle publications in top-level journals, a review article on self-assembly in Chemical Reviews and an upcoming paper about quasicrystals in Nature Materials:

“Chemical methods developed over the past two decades enable preparation of colloidal nanocrystals with uniform size and shape. These Brownian objects readily order into superlattices. Recently, the range of accessible inorganic cores and tunable surface chemistries dramatically increased, expanding the set of nanocrystal arrangements experimentally attainable. In this review, we discuss efforts to create next-generation materials via bottom-up organization of nanocrystals with preprogrammed functionality and self-assembly instructions. […]”

Self-Assembly of Colloidal Nanocrystals: From Intricate Structures to Functional Materials
M.A. Boles, M. Engel, D.V. Talapin
Chemical Reviews 116, 11220-11289 (2016)

“Expanding the library of self-assembled superstructures provides insight into the behaviour of atomic crystals and supports the development of materials with mesoscale order. Here we build on recent findings of soft matter quasicrystals and report a quasicrystalline binary nanocrystal superlattice that exhibits correlations in the form of partial matching rules reducing tiling disorder. We determine a three-dimensional structure model through electron tomography and direct imaging of surface topography. […]”

Quasicrystalline Nanocrystal Superlattice with Partial Matching Rules
X. Ye, J. Chen, M.E. Irrgang, M. Engel, A. Dong, S.C. Glotzer, C.B. Murray
Nature Materials, in press (2016)