A new frontier in observing and controlling macromolecular morphologies at the picometer level

This project will break new ground in making nanostructured morphologies programmable by light in the solid state, while concomitantly observing the light-induced rearrangement of the constituting polymer chains at the single chain level.

Such changes will effectively allow to remote control polymer surface characteristics remotely. Critically, these in situ changes will be mapped by a new double aberration-corrected, 30-200 kV acceleration voltage, high-resolution transmission electron microscope (TEM) JEM-ARM200F NEOARM, equipped with a pulsed electron gun and a finely controlled optical holder, allowing the precise positioning of light in TEM between various wavelengths of 400-2200 nm.


Soft matter

Condensed matter

Predictive materials modelling

Postdoctoral research fellows

  • Thiago Guimaraes
  • Jochen Kammerer

PhD student

  • Linh Duy Thai

Overseas collaborator

  • Dr. Hatice Mutlu – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)