Molecular Self-Assembly

icon-selfassembly.jpgIn the nanoworld, systems can be designed to self-organize into ordered structures. For engineering purposes, this phenomenon can be exploited to produce tiniest structures or for self-healing materials [5].

We currently investigate molecular-scale self-assembly using liquid-cell atomic force microscopy (AFM) [3], [5], [6], [9], [11], [12], [19], [21], [22], [27] for sensing applications and to reveal the structural secrets of silk, a complex, biological material.

Prof. Schniepp has a long-standing expertise in self-assembly of surfactant molecules at the solid—liquid interface [3], [5], [6], [9], [11], [12], [19], [21], [22], [27]. Surfactants often make micelle-like structures the on surface with feature size of just a few nanometers. These structures can be visualized using liquid-cell AFM, which is an excellent tool to study them. Surfactants are crucial in many applications, such as detergency, oil recovery, and corrosion inhibition [12]; they are also a self-healing model system [5].

[27] Biomacromolecules (2015) — Koebley, Greving, Vollrath & Schniepp*
"Silk Reconstitution Disrupts Fibroin Self-Assembly"
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[22] J. Phys. Chem. C (2012) — Glover, Adamson & Schniepp*
"Charge-Driven Selective Adsorption of Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate on Graphene Oxide Visualized by Atomic Force Microscopy"
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[21] Nano LIFE (2012) — Li, Schniepp, Aksay & Car
"Phonon-Induced Anisotropic Dispersion Forces On A Metallic Substrate"
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[19] Biomacromolecules (2012) — Greving, Cai, Vollrath & Schniepp*
"Shear-Induced Self-Assembly of Native Silk Proteins into Fibrils Studied by Atomic Force Microscopy"
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[12] Langmuir (2008) — Murira, Punckt, Schniepp, Khusid, & Aksay
"Inhibition and Promotion of Copper Corrosion by CTAB in a Microreactor System"
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[11] J. Phys. Chem C (2008) — Schniepp, Shum, Saville & Aksay
"Orientational Order of Molecular Assemblies on Rough Surfaces"
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[9] Langmuir (2008) — Schniepp, Saville & Aksay
"Tip-Induced Orientational Order of Surfactant Micelles on Gold."
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[6] J. Phys. Chem. B (2007) — Schniepp, Shum, Saville & Aksay
"Surfactant Aggregates at Rough Solid–Liquid Interfaces"
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[5] J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2006) — Schniepp, Saville & Aksay
"Self-Healing of Surfactant Surface Micelles on Millisecond Time Scales"
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[3] Phys. Rev. Lett. (2006) — Saville, Chun, Li, Schniepp, Car & Aksay
"Orientational Order of Molecular Assemblies on Inorganic Crystals"
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