The Synthesis Platform

Several research groups have expertise in synthesising specialised materials for experiments, and an inventory of available samples has been placed below. “The inventory helps people to broaden and enrich their research, exploring composite materials they would not have thought of using before” says Luis Liz-Marzán of the Center for Cooperative Research in Biomaterials – CIC biomaGUNE, Spain, who organises the Synthesis Platform.

Samples available include polymers with different architectures. Jürgen Allgaier at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, for example, synthesises well-characterised polymers, not only for colleagues in Jülich but also for other SoftComp partners. “It is important to characterise the material extremely well, in terms of chain length, molecular weight distribution and branching, for experiments,” he explains. “We have made H-branched polymers for flow experiments, which had precisely two, well-defined arms, no more and no less,” he adds. In addition, Dr Allgaier prepares polymer samples for neutron-scattering experiments, in which hydrogen atoms have been selectively replaced by the heavier isotope deuterium. Polymers with well-defined star shapes are also supplied by Dimitris Vlassopoulos and his colleagues at the University of Athens, Greece.

Another important group of materials essential for studies of soft composites are colloids; some are available through Professor Liz-Marzán and his group. They supply not only metallic nanoparticles – gold nanorods and spheres and silver platelets – but also more sophisticated materials such as latex spheres coated with carbon nanotubes. “We supply nanospheres with fluorescent tags for studies of the transport of viruses through biological membranes, for example. We have also collaborated on developing complex nanocomposites prepared from polymers and nanoparticles. The Synthesis Platform has led to many more connections between research areas than expected; it has been really successful,” he explains.

Synthesis Platform Leader: Prof. Dr. Luis M. Liz-Marzán, CIC biomaGUNE, Ikerbasque, CIBER-BBN, Spain

Contact: Luis Liz-Marzán

Specialised materials for experiments, such as nanoparticles, are synthesised and made available through the Synthesis Platform Copyright: University of Vigo, J. Mater. Chem. 2005, 15, 1755-59. Reproduced by permission of The Royal Society of Chemistry
Specialised materials for experiments, such as nanoparticles, are synthesised and made available through the Synthesis Platform Copyright: University of Vigo, J. Mater. Chem. 2005, 15, 1755-59. Reproduced by permission of The Royal Society of Chemistry

Overview Table: Polymer Synthesis

Polymer Partner Homepage Scientists in charge Available for SoftComp partners Training
Homopolymers Forschungszentrum Jülich – Richter www.fz-juelich.de Jürgen Allgaier 60 days per year Required and offered at Forschungszentrum Jülich – one week for persons with experience in synthesis.
  FORTH / University of Athens –
Vlassopoulos
http://www.chem.uoa.gr/courses/
polymers/PG_Polym_Index.htm
N. Hadjichristidis 45 days per year On-site 5 days training and then collaborative work. supervision is sufficient.
Block Copolymers FORTH / University of Athens –
Vlassopoulos
http://www.chem.uoa.gr/courses/
polymers/PG_Polym_Index.htm
N. Hadjichristidis 45 days per year On-site 5 days training and then collaborative work. supervision is sufficient.
Amphiphilic Polymers Rhodia www.rhodia.com P. Maestro   Not available
  FORTH / University of Athens –
Vlassopoulos
http://www.chem.uoa.gr/courses/
polymers/PG_Polym_Index.htm
N. Hadjichristidis 45 days per year On-site 5 days training and then collaborative work. supervision is sufficient.
Branched Polymers Forschungszentrum Jülich – Richter www.fz-juelich.de Jürgen Allgaier 60 days per year Required and offered at Forschungszentrum Jülich – one week for persons with experience in synthesis.
  FORTH / University of Athens –
Vlassopoulos
http://www.chem.uoa.gr/courses/
polymers/PG_Polym_Index.htm
N. Hadjichristidis 45 days per year On-site 5 days training and then collaborative work. supervision is sufficient.
Cyclic Polymers FORTH / University of Athens –
Vlassopoulos
http://www.chem.uoa.gr/courses/
polymers/PG_Polym_Index.htm
N. Hadjichristidis 45 days per year On-site 5 days training and then collaborative work. supervision is sufficient.
End Functionalized
Polymers
CNRS Montpellier –
Porte
www.univ-montp2.fr Martin In 3 months per year The synthesis procedures can also be taught
  FORTH / University of Athens –
Vlassopoulos
http://www.chem.uoa.gr/courses/
polymers/PG_Polym_Index.htm
N. Hadjichristidis 45 days per year On-site 5 days training and then collaborative work. supervision is sufficient.
Various Types Dow Chemicals www.dow.com J. den Doelder   Not available
Polymerisation Reactors,
Synthesis Tools And
Analytical Tools
Rhodia www.rhodia.com Gérard Bacquet This equipment can be used for the preparation of samples to be shared between the partners for physico-chemical studies Not available

Access: contact scientist in charge.

Colloid Synthesis

Colloid Partner Homepage Scientists in charge Available for
SoftComp partners
Training
Spheres Forschungszentrum Jülich – Dhont www.fz-juelich.de Johan Buitnehuis 10 days per year Minimum knowledge of colloid chemistry is recommended.
Utrecht University –
van Blaaderen
www.colloid.nl Alfons van Blaaderen 20 days per year Minimum knowledge of colloid chemistry is recommended.
Univ. Vigo –
Liz Marzán
webs.uvigo.es/coloides/nano/ Jorge Pérez-Juste

Isabel Pastoriza-Santos

60 days per year Minimum knowledge of colloid chemistry is recommended.
Rods Forschungszentrum Jülich – Dhont www.fz-juelich.de Johan Buitnehuis 10 days per year Minimum knowledge of colloid chemistry is recommended.
Univ. Vigo –
Liz Marzán
webs.uvigo.es/coloides/nano/ Jorge Pérez-Juste

Isabel Pastoriza-Santos

60 days per year Minimum knowledge of colloid chemistry is recommended.
Platelets Utrecht University –
Lekkerkerker
  Henk Lekkerkerker    
Univ. Vigo –
Liz Marzán
webs.uvigo.es/coloides/nano/ Jorge Pérez-Juste

Isabel Pastoriza-Santos

60 days per year Minimum knowledge of colloid chemistry is recommended.
Inorganic
Nanoparticles
Rhodia www.rhodia.com P. Maestro   Not available.

Access: contact scientist in charge.

Surfactants

Surfactant Partner Homepage Scientists in charge Available for SoftComp partners Training
Cationic Gemini
Surfactants And
Surfactant Oligomers
CNRS Montpellier –
Porte
www.univ-montp2.fr Gregoire Porte    
Synthesis Of
Perdeuterated
Chemicals
Univ. Oxford – Thomas   R.K.Thomas, C.C.Dong This could be any reasonable number provided the costs are properly covered. My estimate of the costs of production are about £400 per actual production day (including onsumables)(equivalent to about 2.5 g perdeuterated material) Required. Outside users could be trained but I doubt whether it would be an economical use of their time except in unusual circumstances
Formulation Cluster Univ. Cologne – Strey www.uni-koeln.de Thomas Sottmann 24 days per year Special training required; no training possibility available

Access: contact scientist in charge.

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