Soft Materials Laboratory


Pinar Akcora's Soft Materials Lab works on polymer decorated nanoparticles, colloids and gels to create new multi-functional soft materials. It investigates organization of nanoparticles in solution and bulk to design dynamic materials for their interesting mechanical, conductive and dynamic properties. Soft Materials Lab utilizes various interactions of ionic, magnetic, polymeric and van der Waals in designing hybrid nanomaterials with tunable properties through controlling particle ordering.

Research Areas

  • Understanding mechanical and structural relationships of ordered-disordered polymeric nanocomposites

  • Developing new strategies for self-assembly of nanoparticles

  • Synthesis and characterization of biocompatible functionalized surfaces


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