The goal set by NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering (MSE) is to make use of advances in chemistry, molecular cell biology and genetics, physics, bioinformatics and engineering to assemble functional molecular modules into complex systems.

As part of our activities as a member of NCCR MSE, our research focuses on nanoscopically controlled templates for the assembly of molecular modules and the control of reaction pathways.

Our research focus­es on nano­scop­ical­ly con­trolled tem­plates for the as­sem­bly of mo­lec­u­lar mod­ules and the con­trol of re­ac­tion path­ways.

—IBM scientist Urs Duerig

The development of multi-scale patterning and functionalization technologies is an essential enabler of a comprehensive molecular engineering approach. Thermal probe patterning offers unique capabilities and the technology is ideally suited for fabrication of networks of functional compartments acting as nanoscale chemical factories.

Our research topics are

  • Understanding charge interactions at surfaces,
  • Selective chemical patterning of surfaces,
  • Fabrication of nanoscale compartments that are sealed by functional membranes.


Langmuir 2016

Understanding how Charged Nanoparticles Electrostatically Assemble and Distribute in 1-D
K.M. Carroll, H. Wolf, A. Knoll, J.E. Curtis, Y. Zhang, S.R. Marder, E. Riedo, U. Duerig
Langmuir, accepted (2016).
The effects of increasing the driving forces for a 1-D assembly of nanoparticles onto a surface is investigated with experimental results and models. Modifications, which take into account not only the particle-particle interactions but also particle-surface interactions, to previously established extended Random Sequential Adsorption simulations are tested and verified.

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Urs Duerig

Urs Duerig

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IBM Research scientist

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Collaboration with Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Fotiadis, University of Bern, Switzerland.