Collaborative Research Centre 840
"From particulate nanosystems to mesotechnology"
In recent years, modern nanotechnology has mastered the production of nano-sized objects with superb properties and high precision. Integrating these nanoscopic building components into functional building blocks, however, proved to be highly complex, but nevertheless essential in order to fully exploit the potential of such nano-sized objects for future materials.
Collaborative Research Centre 840 therefore seeks to connect molecular or particulate nanoscale building units to complex functional building blocks with macroscopically utilizable effects. Establishing this essential interface between nano-sized objects and macroscopic systems is one of the grand challenges faced by the nanotechnology community today and is referred to as mesotechnology. It requires the target-oriented design of nano-sized building units, which then allows for controlled integration into mesoscopic structures. The latter facilitate efficient cooperation between the particulate units in and with a surrounding matrix or surface to bear the desired function. It is through the coupling of nanoscopic building units assembled in a controlled way that new material properties emerge which are intrinsic to the meso-objects. Retrieving these meso-immanent properties requires development of appropriate methods to synthesize, to structure and to characterize these materials from the nano- to macroscales, which requires simulation and theory. The meso-materials are branded by a hierarchical structure composed of many chemically different components and the interaction between these components must be well-understood and controlled.
Funding period: 2009 - 2021
Prof. Dr. Josef Breu
Phone: + 49 (0)921 55-2530