Active Organic Surfaces (prof.dr. H. Zuilhof)

Our research concentrates in the area of active organic surfaces.  The central idea behind this work is that the toolbox of organic synthesis allows the construction of functional surfaces with a variety of properties.  The primary goal of our research is to develop new ways to somehow attach (bio-)functionalities to an inorganic surface in a stable manner, characterise such surfaces via experimental and computational means, and eventually develop (tools o materials for) a proof-of-principle. Specific attention is given to phenomena that are characterised by intrinsically small length scales (nanometers), which a play a crucial role in the development of (bio-)nanotechnology, and to strong but non-covalent interactions.

Over the last years this theme has been worked at in three different research topics: