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Work in the Edler group focuses on understanding the formation of functional hierarchically structured materials in order to apply that understanding to make new materials. We use self-assembly, driven by interactions between nanoscopic species (micelles, nanoparticles, polymers) in solution and at interfaces to form materials with organized structures from nm to cm. Understanding interactions between surfaces, nanoparticles and other species is central to our control over structure and thus function.

We use time-resolved grazing incidence X-ray & neutron reflectivity, liquid diffraction and small angle scattering to study formation mechanisms & final structures. A range of other complementary techniques (including TEM, SEM, AFM, NMR, light scattering, surface tension, conductivity, XRD, SESANS, USANS/USAXS, gas adsorption) are also used to characterise our materials across length scales from tens of Ångstroms to microns.

Extensive collaborations with other groups in industry and academia apply the novel materials synthesised in our group to applications from delivery of active species, to catalysis and “green” gels or emulsions.

 

For more details please see the Edler group page.

 

Current research topics

  • Self-assembly, solvent structures and materials synthesis in deep eutectic solvents
  • Lipid nanodiscs for membrane protein supports & drug encapsulation
  • Biodegradable surfactant synthesis & characterisation
  • Polymer-surfactant and polymer-protein conjugates in films & particles for encapsulation/release
  • Functionalised cellulose nanofibril thickeners for sustainable aqueous formulations
  • Biodegradable microbeads and Pickering emulsions for formulations
  • Mesoporous inorganic oxide particles and membranes.

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Projects 2001 2020

Biodegradable Microbeads and Microspheres

Scott, J. & Edler, K.

1/09/1731/08/20

Project: Research council

Microspheres
Chitin
Cellulose
Emulsification
Plastics
cellulose
gels
starch
xyloglucans
starch gels

Research Output 1995 2019

An Acid-Compatible Co-Polymer For the Solubilization of Membranes and Proteins Into Lipid Bilayer-Containing Nanoparticles

Hall, S. C. L., Tognoloni, C., Charlton, J., Bragginton, E. C., Rothnie, A. J., Sridhar, P., Wheatley, M., Knowles, T. J., Arnold, T., Edler, K. J. & Dafforn, T. 14 Jun 2018 In : Nanoscale. 10, 22, p. 10609-10619 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Lipid bilayers
Styrene
Polymers
Membrane Proteins
Nanoparticles

Counterion binding alters surfactant self-assembly in deep eutectic solvents

Sanchez-fernandez, A., Hammond, O. S., Edler, K. J., Arnold, T., Doutch, J., Dalgliesh, R. M., Li, P., Ma, K. & Jackson, A. J. 1 May 2018 In : Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 20, 20, p. 13952-13961 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Micelles
choline
Surface-Active Agents
eutectics
Self assembly
1 Citations

Influence of Poly(styrene-co-maleic acid) Copolymer Structure on the Properties and Self-Assembly of SMALP Nanodiscs

Hall, S. C. L., Tognoloni, C., Price, G. J., Klumperman, B., Edler, K. J., Dafforn, T. R. & Arnold, T. 12 Mar 2018 In : Biomacromolecules. 19, 3, p. 761-772

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Self assembly
Lipids
Styrene
Polymers
Copolymers

Model-dependent small-angle scattering for the study of complex organic materials.

Mccluskey, A. & Edler, K. 2018 In : Current Organic Chemistry. 22, 8, p. 750-757 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Scattering
Molecules
Particle interactions
Surface-Active Agents
Polymers

Nanostructure of the deep eutectic solvent/platinum electrode interface as a function of potential and water content

Hammond, O. S., Li, H., Westermann, C., Al-murshedi, A. Y. M., Endres, F., Abbott, A. P., Warr, G. G., Edler, K. J. & Atkin, R. 11 Sep 2018 In : Nanoscale Horizons. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Platinum
Eutectics
Water content
Nanostructures
Choline