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Daniela Kraft

Associate professor

Name
Dr. D.J. Kraft
Telephone
+31 71 527 1873
E-mail
kraft@physics.leidenuniv.nl

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Physics Page

 

Current Research Projects

 

High Tech Smart Material

ColloidalWater

Anisotropic Colloids

The synthesis of novel types of colloidal particles with anisotropic shapes and interactions plays a central role in our research. We continuously develop new approaches and modifications to be able to answer fundamental physics questions.

colloidal-micelles

Self-assembly of Colloidal Particles

We aim at guiding and understanding the self-assembly of complex colloidal particles into designer structures and employ them for creating functional materials. We use state-of-the art confocal microscopy methods to image the kinetic assembly pathways and resulting structures in situ.

brownian-motion

Quantitative particle tracking

We study the thermally induced random motion of colloidal particles with various anisotropic shapes by confocal microscopy. Particle tracking routines allow us to obtain full information about the position and orientation of the particles and extract quantitative information about the full diffusion coefficient matrix.

Biological Model Systems

GUVparticles

Membrane-mediated interactions

Lipid membranes compartmentalize cells and obtain functionality by attached and inserted proteins. We use a colloidal model system to quantitatively study the interaction between objects that deform lipid membranes to unravel the forces behind protein organizations in cells.

PR-plaatjes-ArtificialVirus

Virus Assembly

Natural viruses spontaneously assemble from coat proteins and their genome. We aim at identifying the crucial features for the assembly of viruses by developing theoretical models and synthetic proteins in collaboration with Paul van der Schoot (TU Eindhoven) and Renko de Vries and Joris Sprakel (Wageningen University).

 

Past Research Projects

 

  emulsions

Spontaneously assembling Pickering Emulsions

We studied the conditions for the spontaneous emulsification of mixtures of colloids in water and particular oils into particle stabilized ("Pickering") droplets.

 

Associate professor

  • Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen
  • Leids Instituut Onderzoek Natuurkunde
  • LION - Biological & Soft Matter

Work address

Huygens Laboratory
Niels Bohrweg 2
2333 CA Leiden
Room number 1016b

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