Research Areas

Microfluidic Driven Materials


Integrated into the UFAZ premises, this research activity aims to develop microfluidic processes for shaping polymeric materials in the form of nano- or microparticles and microfibers. Targeted application includes but not restricted to encapsulation and delivery of drugs, genes and (loaded) nanoparticles, sensors, external stimuli responsive polymeric materials.

Microfluidics can be defined as the science of fluid flow in channels whose characteristic length is only a few tenths of a micrometer. At this scale, gravity does not play a major role, and the flow of two or more fluids can therefore be achieved in reproducible patterns enabling. For example, the production of tiny droplets (20 to 100s microns or less than 500 nanometers) or steady flow tubes of 100s of microns.

Insulator Materials

Topological insulators (TI) are materials insulating in volume, conducting in surface and regarded as promising materials for prospect applications in a very wide range of areas in

microelectronics and computer technology - from very fast energy efficient field-effect transistors to spintronic devices and topological quantum computers.

In this project we propose to unite the research between UFAZ and IPCMS (Institute of physical and chemical materials, Strasbourg), chemical and physical research teams, to develop new TI compounds and optimize their physical properties. The idea is to develop and identify new TI materilas at UFAZ, study their physical and functional properties with available at IPCMS instruments for identifying possible application fields. Therefore, this project presents a good opportunity to develop new TI materials and examine their properties for emerging technologies in electronic energy-efficient devices for future technological advancements.

Environmental Chemistry