When 1+1 is more than 2
Skillful architecture – the ingenious interaction of individual components – is what makes a house more than just “bricks and mortar”. It’s the same in chemistry and material sciences. Applying the principles of architecture to the nanoscale, the Polarz Group searches for cooperative and systematic effects in the field of functional materials. Ideally, the different components of a system should interact in such a way as to produce more than the mere sum of their properties. They should generate new characteristics, which none of the individual components can produce on its own. The hierarchical structure of complex materials, and hence the precise geometric assembly of functional units interacting with each other, are the key to achieving this goal.
The research work in the team headed by Prof. Sebastian Polarz concentrates on inorganic, organic and hybrid materials, including the field of semi-conductors and the catalysts for new energy sources. For his research into a new class of surfactant systems with inorganic head groups, Polarz received an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2014.Website Polarz Group