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"The design and application of dissipative supramolecular materials " Monday July 8th 2019



Job Boekhoven

(Technical University of Munich)

"The design and application of dissipative supramolecular materials"



Why can’t we make materials like biology does? A car tire that regenerates itself like our skin does; Or a sweater that adapts to the cold like the hairs on our skin. Besides the obvious “biology is complex”, there is a trivial answer: most biological materials exist in states far away from equilibrium where processes like adaptation and regeneration are regulated by chemical reactions. Most synthetic materials, on the other hand, exist in- or close-to equilibrium. 


We have thus set out to explore the design and use of dissipative non-equilibrium self-assembly for the use of supramolecular materials.[1-3] In this work, I will discuss design criteria for such dissipative supramolecular materials. I will focus on our recently described chemistry that can be applied as a self-regulating ink, a time-controlled hydrogel and a material that can control cellular uptake as well as deliver drugs. 


1. Tena-Solsona, et al., J. Non-equilibrium dissipative supramolecular materials with a tunable lifetime. Nat. Commun. 8, 15895 (2017). 

2. Grötsch, et al. J. Dissipative Self-Assembly of Photoluminescent Silicon Nanocrystals. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 57, 14608, (2018) 

3. Tena-Solsona, et al., Self-selection of dissipative assemblies driven by primitive chemical reaction networks. Nat. Commun. 9, 2044 (2018).



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