My research is primarily concerned with studying the physics of different branches of active soft materials. In particular, I am interested in exploring the assembly and dynamic of biologically based active matter, including living microorganisms and synthetic biomaterials, under confinement. The aim of my research is to find new type of colloidal and molecular interactions. My goal is to develop novel materials that may lead to interesting applications in the future.
My research interests are:
- Confinement of biologically based active matter and directed assembly of biocolloids and living microorganisms.
- Properties of materials including soft materials (liquid crystals, polymers, colloidal particles, membranes, thin films, surfactants) and biological materials (active particles, biocolloids, inclusions at lipid membranes, proteins at fluid interfaces).
- Engineering applications of soft and biological materials: microlenses, photonic crystals, metamaterials, displays, microencapsulation, biosensors, microrobots, bioinspired micromachines.
- Self and directed assembly of colloidal particles (nano and micro-particles)
- Interfacial phenomena (simple and complex fluids)
- Characterization of nanostructured systems using light and X-Ray scattering techniques
- X-Ray techniques (SAXS and XPCS)/ light scattering/ microfluidic techniques (microcapillary devices)/ lithography and micro-fabrication techniques/ interferometric techniques: White Light Scanning Interferometry (WLSI)/ Phase Shift Interferometry (PSI)/ tensiometry/ polarized optical microscopy/ fluorescent confocal polarizing microscopy (FCPM)/ atomic force microscopy (AFM)/ scanning electron microscopy (SEM)/ transmission electron microscopy (TEM)/ optical
- Synthesis and functionalization of nanoparticles with different geometries/ Fabrication and functionalization of micro-particles with different shapes
- Good knowledge of big data analysis techniques: Yorick, MATLAB, Mathematica, Linux.
- Expertise in particle tracking (ImageJ, IDL and Matlab) and image processing (ImageJ and Yorick) techniques.
Fellow my research!
Au nanoparticles in Blue Phase LCs: Towards soft nanocrystals
Gardens of LC smectic flowers
Giant elastic dipoles at nematic interfaces
Anisotropic particles at LC interfaces
Smectic lenses on curved interfaces