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Daniela Kraft

Associate professor

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

Daniela Kraft is een "associate professor in Soft Matter Physics" bij het Huygens-Kamerlingh Onnes Laboratory aan de Universiteit Leiden, Nederland. Ze is cum laude gepromoveerd aan de Universiteit van Utrecht, Nederland, onder supervisie van Willem Kegel. Ondersteund door een "Rubicon grant", is ze vervolgens gaan werken als postdoctoraal onderzoeker bij het "Center for Soft Matter Research at New York University, USA". In 2013 verhuisde ze naar Leiden alwaar ze haar eigen onderzoeksgroep gestart is. Haar onderzoek omvat "self-assembly in biological and soft matter systems, ranging from anisotropic colloidal particles to lipid membranes, emulsions, and viruses". Dr. Kraft heeft een VENI financiering toegekend gekregen van de NWO, een "ERC starting grant" en de "paper of the year award 2017 from Biophysical Journal".

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Huidige onderzoeksprojecten

 

High Tech Smart Materials

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.

 

 

 

Voormalige onderzoeksprojecten

 

  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).

  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

Werkadres

Huygens Laboratorium
Niels Bohrweg 2
2333 CA Leiden
Kamernummer 1016b

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