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Continuous fabrication of rod-shaped microgels to investigate their structural assembly
 
This project aims to develop a continuous production process of uniform rod-shaped microgels, for which the length is larger than the diameter. The soft, hydrophilic gel particles will be prepared with different aspect ratios (length/diameter). After production, the structural assembly of a microgel suspension at high volume fractions will be investigated in a confined volume. The key parameters that affect the organization of microgels (nematic versus isotropic) will be studied. Such 3D assemblies could potentially be applied for microfluidic chromatography, microfluidic membrane filtration or tissue engineering applications.
 
Principle Investigators:
 
Wessling, Matthias, Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Chair of Chemical Process Engineering (AVT/CVT)
RWTH Aachen University
+49 241 80 95470
 
De Laporte, Laura, Dr.-Ing.
DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials
+49 241 80 23163
delaporte@dwi.rwth-aachen.de