Welcome to the laboratory of Prof. Nicolas Vogel
In the self-assembled materials and structures group, we use colloidal particles as building blocks to create functional materials by simple self-assembly process. Colloidal particles can be conveniently synthesized with high precision and great uniformity. The high uniformity enables them to assemble into ordered arrangements. The small size leads to the formation of structures at the nanoscale without relying on sophisticated instrumentation. We investigate the emergence of functional properties from such structures, for example to control the wetting of a surface, to create vivid structural coloration, or to fabricate plasmonic nanostructure arrays.
We are situated at the Institute of Particle Technology at the Department for Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Friedrich Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. We are part of the Cluster of Excellence "Engineering of Advanced Materials".