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Multicomponent Aerogels with Tailored Nano-, Micro- Macrostructure

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Project "MAEROSTRUC" data sheet

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address: Welfengarten 1
postcode: 30167

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Total cost 1˙499˙769 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙769 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-03-01   to  2022-02-28


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 Project objective

Aerogels and hydrogels from nanocrystal building blocks are a fascinating novel class of materials with extremely low densities and large specific surfaces, which partially exhibit the advantageous properties of their nanoscopic building blocks (e.g. size quantized fluorescence or catalytic activity). In the present project, multicomponent gels with controlled mechanical properties, plasmon enhanced fluorescence, photocatalytic properties, and with controlled conductivity properties will be synthesized. These new materials will not only exhibit the nanoscopic properties of their building blocks, but they will also exhibit new properties which are neither accessible from nanoparticle nor from bulk material. This will e.g. be achieved due to nanoscopic interactions between the materials or due to synergistic combination effects caused by appropriate material combination.

Synthetic routes for nanostructuring, microstructuring and macrostructuring nanocrystal hydrogels and aerogels will be developed. Nanostructuring involves advancement of colloidal nanocrystal synthesis as well as postsynthetic gel modifications. Microstructuring involves synthesizing multicomponent gels with defined contact points of the materials and intercalating multicomponent gels. Macrostructuring involves implementation of the gelation techniques into 3D printing, and gel deformation by external triggers and will enhance the applicability of gels. The materials developed will be tailored for several physicochemical effects and hence applications.

While the project focuses on the synthesis of these new materials with defined physicochemical properties, the outcome of this project will influence many different research and application fields, such as electrodes and batteries, sensors, photocatalysis and catalysis, solar cells, air and solar batteries, and even membranes and touch screen devices.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Dániel Zámbó, Anja Schlosser, Pascal Rusch, Franziska Lübkemann, Julian Koch, Herbert Pfnür, Nadja C. Bigall
A Versatile Route to Assemble Semiconductor Nanoparticles into Functional Aerogels by Means of Trivalent Cations
published pages: 1906934, ISSN: 1613-6810, DOI: 10.1002/smll.201906934
Small 2020-04-01
2020 Franziska Lübkemann, Pascal Rusch, Sven Getschmann, Björn Schremmer, Malte Schäfer, Marcel Schulz, Bastian Hoppe, Peter Behrens, Nadja C. Bigall, Dirk Dorfs
Reversible cation exchange on macroscopic CdSe/CdS and CdS nanorod based gel networks
published pages: 5038-5047, ISSN: 2040-3364, DOI: 10.1039/c9nr09875e
Nanoscale 12/8 2020-04-01
2020 Jan F. Miethe, Franziska Luebkemann, Anja Schlosser, Dirk Dorfs, Nadja C Bigall
Revealing the Correlation of the Electrochemical Properties and the Hydration of Inkjet Printed CdSe/CdS Semiconductor Gels
published pages: , ISSN: 0743-7463, DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b03708
Langmuir 2020-04-01
2019 Felix Rieck genannt Best, Alexander Mundstock, Gerald Dräger, Pascal Rusch, Nadja C. Bigall, Hannes Richter, Jürgen Caro
Methanol‐to‐Olefins in a Membrane Reactor with in situ Steam Removal – The Decisive Role of Coking
published pages: , ISSN: 1867-3880, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201901222
ChemCatChem 2020-01-28
2019 Ina Strauss, Alexander Mundstock, Marvin Treger, Karsten Lange, Seungtaik Hwang, Christian Chmelik, Pascal Rusch, Nadja C. Bigall, Thomas Pichler, Hidetsugu Shiozawa, Jürgen Caro
Metal–Organic Framework Co-MOF-74-Based Host–Guest Composites for Resistive Gas Sensing
published pages: 14175-14181, ISSN: 1944-8244, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b22002
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 11/15 2020-01-28
2019 Franziska Lübkemann, Jan Frederick Miethe, Frank Steinbach, Pascal Rusch, Anja Schlosser, Dániel Zámbó, Thea Heinemeyer, Dominik Natke, Dorian Zok, Dirk Dorfs, Nadja C. Bigall
Patterning of Nanoparticle‐Based Aerogels and Xerogels by Inkjet Printing
published pages: 1902186, ISSN: 1613-6810, DOI: 10.1002/smll.201902186
Small 15/39 2020-01-28
2019 Pascal Rusch, Björn Schremmer, Christian Strelow, Alf Mews, Dirk Dorfs, Nadja C. Bigall
Nanocrystal Aerogels with Coupled or Decoupled Building Blocks
published pages: 7804-7810, ISSN: 1948-7185, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b02695
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2020-01-28
2019 Pascal Rusch, Fabian Niemeyer, Denis Pluta, Björn Schremmer, Franziska Lübkemann, Marina Rosebrock, Malte Schäfer, Mandy Jahns, Peter Behrens, Nadja C. Bigall
Versatile route to core–shell reinforced network nanostructures
published pages: 15270-15278, ISSN: 2040-3364, DOI: 10.1039/c9nr03645h
Nanoscale 11/32 2020-01-28
2019 Jan F. Miethe, Franziska Lübkemann, Nadja C. Bigall, Dirk Dorfs
Photoluminescence Lifetime Based Investigations of Linker Mediated Electronic Connectivity Between Substrate and Nanoparticle
published pages: 1-11, ISSN: 2296-2646, DOI: 10.3389/fchem.2019.00207
Frontiers in Chemistry 7 2020-01-28
2019 Anja Schlosser, Lea C. Meyer, Franziska Lübkemann, Jan F. Miethe, Nadja C. Bigall
Nanoplatelet cryoaerogels with potential application in photoelectrochemical sensing
published pages: 9002-9012, ISSN: 1463-9076, DOI: 10.1039/c9cp00281b
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 21/18 2020-01-28
2018 Torben Kodanek, Axel Freytag, Anja Schlosser, Suraj Naskar, Thomas Härtling, Dirk Dorfs, Nadja Carola Bigall
Macroscopic Aerogels with Retained Nanoscopic Plasmonic Properties
published pages: 1675-1689, ISSN: 0942-9352, DOI: 10.1515/zpch-2017-1045
Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie 232/9-11 2019-10-29
2018 Franziska Lübkemann, Timo C. Gusenburger, Dominik Hinrichs, Rasmus Himstedt, Dirk Dorfs, Nadja C. Bigall
Synthesis of InP/ZnS Nanocrystals and Phase Transfer by Hydrolysis of Ester
published pages: , ISSN: 0942-9352, DOI: 10.1515/zpch-2018-1167
Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie 0/0 2019-10-29
2018 Chhantyal, Parva; Naskar, Suraj; Birr, Tobias; Fischer, Tim; Lübkemann, Franziska; Chichkov, Boris N.; Dorfs, Dirk; Bigall, Nadja C.; Reinhardt, Carsten
Low Threshold Room Temperature Amplified Spontaneous Emission in 0D, 1D and 2D Quantum Confined Systems
published pages: 3962, ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.15488/3356
Scientific Reports 2019-10-29
2018 A. Freytag, C. Günnemann, S. Naskar, S. Hamid, F. Luebkemann, D. Bahnemann, N. C. Bigall
Tailoring Composition and Material Distribution in Multicomponent Cryoaerogels for Application in Photocatalysis.
published pages: , ISSN: 2574-0970, DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.8b01333
ACS Applied Nano Materials 2019-10-29
2018 Jan F. Miethe, Anja Schlosser, J. Gerrit Eckert, Franziska Lübkemann, Nadja C. Bigall
Electronic transport in CdSe nanoplatelet based polymer fibres
published pages: 10916-10923, ISSN: 2050-7534, DOI: 10.1039/c8tc03879a
Journal of Materials Chemistry C 6/40 2019-10-08

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