The understanding of crystallization and self-assembly is of pivotal importance for our ability to design nanostructured materials with tailored structures and properties. Traditional scientific and technological divisions of the fields of crystallization, biomineralisation, colloidal self-assembly based on the size and nature of the building blocks are now being removed and a unified picture of the mechanisms and pathways is evolving. This course aims to give the participants an understanding of the basis for the processes and present numerous examples.
Topics that will be covered:
- Classical theories on crystallization and nucleation
- Fundamentals of nucleation and crystallization: both classical and non-classical theories and concepts
- Colloidal self-assembly
- Mesocrystals: examples and mechanisms
- Biomimetic design of advanced materials
The course will start with lunch on Monday, August 22 and continue until Friday morning, August 26. The first lecture is given at 13.00 on Monday and the last lecture finishes at 10.30 on Friday. Wednesday afternoon is free for recreation.
Ljungbergsgården, Tynningö, Stockholm Archipelago.
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The course is based on the book, Helmut Cölfen and Markus Antonietti, “Mesocrystals and Nonclassical Crystallization”, Wiley 2008, and handouts by the lecturers. All participants will receive the book free of charge.
Markus Antonietti (Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces, Golm, Germany)
Lennart Bergström (Stockholm University)
Helmut Cölfen (University of Konstanz, Germany)
Niklas Hedin (Stockholm University)
Viveka Alfredsson (Lund University)
To apply to the summer school send an email to Erik Wetterskog not later than June 15, 2011. The number of participants is limited to 30 and there is a priority to those students enrolled in Chalmers Soft Matter Graduate School at Chalmers University of Technology; other students and participants are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. The summer school is free of charge for all students doing their PhD at a Swedish University. For students abroad and other participants, the fee is 3500 SEK (incl. accommodation and all meals; excl. VAT).
The students are expected to work actively during the course. The participants will receive material to study in advance. During the course there will be individual assignments and individual presentations. We recommend that students after completing the course will be given 4.5 ECTS.
Lennart Bergström (course leader).
Erik Wetterskog (registration and practical issues).
Monday, August 22
Introduction to the course
Physico-chemical principles of nucleation and crystallisation
Discrepancies and non-classical crystallisation
Tuesday, August 23
Self-assembly and self-organisation: fundamentals, mechanisms and building blocks
Colloidal and nanoparticle self-assembly
Mechanisms of mesocrystal formation
Evening session with project work
Wednesday, August 24
Oriented attachment and hierarchically structured crystals
Thursday, August 25
Biomimetic routes to nanostructured calcium carbonate and silica materials
Session with project work
Examples of biomimetic energy and climate mitigating materials
Friday, August 26
Biomimetic pathways to advanced materials