The BonLab combines polymer and colloid chemistry with soft matter physics and adds a chemical engineering twist to innovate in science.
We have a strong interest in fabricating colloidal systems in which we can control the motility of the particles when they are dispersed in a liquid. We are designing systems that can swim, shake, and swarm.
We are developing a range of responsive dynamic soft gel-based materials for advanced delivery systems, rheology modifiers, and soft robotics. A recent example is the development of our moldable responsive HIPE-gel objects and fibers.
The phenomenon that particles can adhere to soft interfaces is known as Pickering stabilization. Over the last decade we have studied the behavior of particles at liquid-liquid interfaces, and we have used Pickering stabilization to develop the processes of Pickering mini-emulsion polymerization and Pickering emulsion polymerization. We also have used the ability for particles to adhere to interfaces as a tool to make more complex supracolloidal structures, such as Pickering high internal phase emulsion solid polymer and gel-based monoliths.
We have an in-depth knowledge of heterogeneous polymerization techniques, such as emulsion and mini-emulsion polymerizations, to develop a plethora of complex polymer-based colloids. We recently have expanded our particle synthesis and characterization portfolio to inorganic colloids, such as silicates, metal oxides and calcium carbonate.
We use colloidal particles as building blocks for advanced supracolloidal materials. Our portfolio contains the development of waterborne coatings that have resistance to organic solvents, gas sensors, armored colloidal systems for delivery of drugs or benificial agents, and polymer particles modified hybrid biological plant spores