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Insect-inspired capillary nanostamping

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postcode: 49074

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙918˙000 €
 EC max contribution 1˙918˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2021-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAET OSNABRUECK DE (OSNABRUECK) coordinator 1˙918˙000.00


 Project objective

Aim of the proposed project is a) development and establishment of insect-inspired capillary nanostamping (IICN) as next-generation contact nanolithography, b) replacing state-of-the-art lithographic and synthesis protocols requiring use of sacrificial templates or time-consuming self-assembly steps by IICN and c) significant IICN-driven acceleration and upscaling of the production of extended nanostructured systems. To meet these aims, IICN stamp design will be inspired by insect feet depositing small secretion droplets through arrays of hairy contact elements on counterpart surfaces. Monolithic IICN stamps extending cm2 will consist of spongy ink-filled substrates connected to extended arrays of spongy nanoscale dispensing elements with diameters in the 100 nm range (density up to ~130 dispensing elements per square micron). Ink supplied through the spongy pore systems forms capillary bridges between each dispensing element and counterpart surfaces, thus enabling massively parallel capillary bridge-guided nanorod synthesis. Capillary bridge rupture during stamp retraction leads to massively parallel lithographic deposition of ink nanodroplet arrays (target nanodroplet volume: a few 10 zeptolitres). IICN model applications include production of a) ultrathin nanoporous membranes for separation; b) ordered silicon nanostructures by IICN-supported metal-assisted etching; c) nearly-ergodic arrays of encapsulated liquid nanocontainers for massively parallel ensemble nanochemistry or ensemble tracing of single molecules; d) nearly-ergodic biochips for massively parallel analyte detection with single-molecule resolution. As example for substitution of time-consuming self-assembly in nanomaterial synthesis by IICN, IICN-accelerated production of ordered nanoporous alumina will be studied. To pave the way for upscaling and potential commercialization of IICN, high-throughput IICN devices for automated operation in batch and continuous roller modes will be constructed.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Leiming Guo, Martin Steinhart, Yong Yang, Liang Zhu
Tailored pore gradient in phenolic membranes for adjustable permselectivity by leveraging different poloxamers
published pages: 116818, ISSN: 1383-5866, DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2020.116818
Separation and Purification Technology 242 2020-04-07
2019 Mercedes Schmidt
Capillary nanostamping with spongy mesoporous silica stamps
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2019 Peilong Hou
Nanoporous block copolymer stamps: design and applications
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2019 Weijia Han
Topographically Patterned Surfaces as Substrates for Functional Particle Arrays
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Weijia Han, Karsten Kuepper, Peilong Hou, Wajiha Akram, Henning Eickmeier, Jörg Hardege, Martin Steinhart, Helmut Schäfer
Free-Sustaining Three-Dimensional S235 Steel-Based Porous Electrocatalyst for Highly Efficient and Durable Oxygen Evolution
published pages: 3661-3671, ISSN: 1864-5631, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201801351
ChemSusChem 11/20 2020-04-07
2015 Sachar Ichilmann, Kerstin Rücker, Markus Haase, Dirk Enke, Martin Steinhart, Longjian Xue
Adiabatic burst evaporation from bicontinuous nanoporous membranes
published pages: 9185-9193, ISSN: 2040-3364, DOI: 10.1039/c5nr01402f
Nanoscale 7/20 2020-04-07
2018 Peilong Hou, Martin Steinhart
Immobilization of Water Drops on Hydrophobic Surfaces by Contact Line Pinning at Nonlithographically Generated Polymer Microfiber Rings
published pages: 1801191, ISSN: 2196-7350, DOI: 10.1002/admi.201801191
Advanced Materials Interfaces 5 2020-04-07
2018 Weijia Han, Elzbieta Stepula, Michael Philippi, Sebastian Schlücker, Martin Steinhart
Evaluation of 3D gold nanodendrite layers obtained by templated galvanic displacement reactions for SERS sensing and heterogeneous catalysis
published pages: 20671-20680, ISSN: 2040-3364, DOI: 10.1039/C8NR07164K
Nanoscale 10/44 2020-04-07
2018 Helmut Schäfer, Karsten Küpper, Mercedes Schmidt, Klaus Müller-Buschbaum, Johannes Stangl, Diemo Daum, Martin Steinhart, Christine Schulz Kölbel, Weijia Han, Joachim Wollschlaeger, Ulrich Krupp, Peilong Hou, Xiaogang Liu
Steel-Based Electrocatalysts for Efficient and Durable Oxygen Evolution in Acidic Media
published pages: 2104-2116, ISSN: 2044-4753, DOI: 10.1039/C7CY02194A
Catalysis Science & Technology 8 2020-04-07
2018 Weijia Han, Peilong Hou, Shamaila Sadaf, Helmut Schäfer, Lorenz Walder, Martin Steinhart
Ordered Topographically Patterned Silicon by Insect-Inspired Capillary Submicron Stamping
published pages: 7451-7458, ISSN: 1944-8244, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b18163
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 10/8 2020-04-07
2017 Man Yan Eric Yau, Ilja Gunkel, Brigitte Hartmann-Azanza, Wajiha Akram, Yong Wang, Thomas Thurn-Albrecht, Martin Steinhart
Semicrystalline Block Copolymers in Rigid Confining Nanopores
published pages: 8637-8646, ISSN: 0024-9297, DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b01567
Macromolecules 50/21 2020-04-07
2017 Helmut Schäfer, Karsten Küpper, Klaus Müller-Buschbaum, Diemo Daum, Martin Steinhart, Joachim Wollschläger, Ulrich Krupp, Mercedes Schmidt, Weijia Han, Johannes Stangl
Electro-oxidation of a cobalt based steel in LiOH: a non-noble metal based electro-catalyst suitable for durable water-splitting in an acidic milieu
published pages: 17829-17838, ISSN: 2040-3364, DOI: 10.1039/C7NR06527B
Nanoscale 9/45 2020-04-07
2018 Leiming Guo, Michael Philippi, Martin Steinhart
Substrate Patterning Using Regular Macroporous Block Copolymer Monoliths as Sacrificial Templates and as Capillary Microstamps
published pages: 1801452, ISSN: 1613-6810, DOI: 10.1002/smll.201801452
Small 14/34 2020-04-07
2017 Longjian Xue, Belén Sanz, Aoyi Luo, Kevin T. Turner, Xin Wang, Di Tan, Rui Zhang, Hang Du, Martin Steinhart, Carmen Mijangos, Markus Guttmann, Michael Kappl, Aránzazu del Campo
Hybrid Surface Patterns Mimicking the Design of the Adhesive Toe Pad of Tree Frog
published pages: 9711-9719, ISSN: 1936-0851, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b04994
ACS Nano 11/10 2020-04-07
2018 Mercedes Schmidt, Michael Philippi, Maximilian Münzner, Johannes M. Stangl, René Wieczorek, Wolfgang Harneit, Klaus Müller-Buschbaum, Dirk Enke, Martin Steinhart
Capillary nanostamping with spongy mesoporous silica stamps
published pages: 1800700, ISSN: 1616-301X, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201800700
Advanced Functional Materials 28 2020-04-07
2016 H. Schäfer, D. M. Chevrier, P. Zhang, J. Stangl, K. Müller-Buschbaum, J. D. Hardege, K. Küpper, J. Wollschläger, U. Krupp, S. Dühnen, M. Steinhart, L. Walder, S. Sadaf, M. Schmidt
Electro-Oxidation of Ni42 Steel: A Highly Active Bifunctional Electrocatalyst
published pages: 6402–6417, ISSN: 1616-301X, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201601581
Adv. Funct. Mater 26 2020-04-07
2016 H. Schäfer, D. M. Chevrier, K. Küpper, P. Zhang, J. Wollschläger, D. Daum, M. Steinhart, C. Hess, U. Krupp, K. Müller-Buschbaum, J. Stangl, M. Schmidt
X20CoCrWMo10-9//Co3O4: a Metal-Ceramic Composite with Unique Efficiency Values for Water-Splitting in Neutral Regime
published pages: 2609-2622, ISSN: 1754-5692, DOI: 10.1039/C6EE01304J
Energy Environ. Sci. 9 2020-04-07
2017 Nitin Shingne, Markus Geuss, Thomas Thurn-Albrecht, Hans-Werner Schmidt, Carmen Mijangos, Martin Steinhart, Jaime Martín
Manipulating Semicrystalline Polymers in Confinement
published pages: 7723-7728, ISSN: 1520-6106, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b05424
The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 121/32 2020-04-07
2016 A. Eichler-Volf, L. Xue, G. Dornberg, H. Chen, A. Kovalev, D. Enke, Y. Wang, E. V. Gorb, S. N. Gorb, M. Steinhart
The Influence of Surface Topography and Surface Chemistry on the Anti-Adhesive Performance of Nanoporous Monoliths
published pages: 22593-22604, ISSN: 1944-8244, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b01926
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 8 2020-04-07
2018 Peilong Hou, Weijia Han, Michael Philippi, Helmut Schäfer, Martin Steinhart
Nanostructured Submicron Block Copolymer Dots by Sacrificial Stamping: A Potential Preconcentration Platform for Locally Resolved Sensing, Chemistry, and Cellular Interactions
published pages: 1413-1419, ISSN: 2574-0970, DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.8b00254
ACS Applied Nano Materials 1 2020-04-07
2017 Longjian Xue, Wei Xie, Leonie Driessen, Katrin F. Domke, Yong Wang, Sebastian Schlücker, Stanislav N. Gorb, Martin Steinhart
Advanced SERS Sensor Based on Capillarity-Assisted Preconcentration through Gold Nanoparticle-Decorated Porous Nanorods
published pages: 1603947, ISSN: 1613-6810, DOI: 10.1002/smll.201603947
Small 13 2020-04-07
2016 A. Eichler-Volf, L. Xue, A. Kovalev, E. V. Gorb, S. N. Gorb, M. Steinhart
Nanoporous monolithic microsphere arrays have anti-adhesive properties independent of humidity
published pages: 373, ISSN: 1996-1944, DOI: 10.3390/ma9050373
Materials 9 2020-04-07
2017 F. Thöle, L. Xue, C. Heß, R. Hillebrand, S. N. Gorb, M. Steinhart
Quantifying the structural integrity of nanorod arrays
published pages: 222-231, ISSN: 0022-2720, DOI: 10.1111/jmi.12491
J. Microsc. 265 2020-04-07

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