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Graduate School of Chemical and Molecular Sciences Zurich

Physical Chemistry, Nanochemistry, and Business Chemistry

Our research is dedicated to (Bio-)Surface Science, Nanotechnology, and Business Chemistry.

We developed the Supercritical Angle Fluorescence (SAF) Microscopy, a method we use to analyse the behaviour of molecules –in particular proteins- at surfaces with super-resolution, i.e. with a resolution of a few nanometer. The realtime observation allows obtaining kinetic data which are a prerequisite to learn more about the behaviour of molecules, e.g. the aggregation phenomena of a-synuclein, the protein causing Parkinson Disease.

The development of Silicone Nanofilaments we achieved opens a new field of surface science. Coatings of these nanofilaments allow to build up tailor-made surface properties in particular for controlling the interaction of liquid-surface interactions, e.g. super-antiwetting or super-wetting properties. Further, we are working on new nanostructures, e.g. flexible nanotubes.

Finally, we initiated a Bachelor- and Master-program called “Business Chemistry” which delivers an education for executive positions in chemical, pharmaceutical, and related industries, including consulting. In context with these activities we started research in the field of business chemistry. We are interested to investigate the valuation of basic research, organisational structures of technology organizations and the investigation of sustainability aspects in technology related markets.

  • Novel Nanostructures: From Filaments to Nanotubes
  • Superhydrophobic and Superoleophobic Surfaces
  • Superresolution Microscopy: 3D-SAF
  • Aggregation of a-synuclein at lipid bilayers
  • Valuation of curiosity driven research
  • Research and Market Analysis of Chemical Technologies and Sustainability Aspects
  • Virtual Company Concepts in Technology Economies

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