NB! This position has been filled.

Research area and project description:

The project aims at the development of an interface between the nanoscopic world of DNA-based nanorobots and active microparticles that enable long range transport. DNA nanotechnology will be used to create asymmetric functionalization of colloidal particles or vesicles to induce motion of the structures within, e.g., chemical or physical gradients within microfluidic environments. Several methods for long range propulsion of the microcarriers such as diffusiophoresis or autoelectrophoresis will be explored. Furthemore, we will attempt to facilitate chemically driven swarming of the microcarriers. This physics-oriented project combines aspects of DNA nanotechnology and non-equilibrium soft matter physics.

The position is for 3 years and is funded by the PhD school DNA-Robotics, a recently established Innovative Training Network (ITN) under the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions research fellowship programme. DNA-Robotics will foster the development of a new generation of scientists with the skills required to meet futures challenges in bionanotechnology, from fundamental science to novel applications. The PhD study involve 3 months of secondments in total at one or more of the other partner universities in the network.