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Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

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Science Park Golm
14424 Potsdam
Germany

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Brief presentation of the institution

The Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces was founded in 1992. Research in colloid and interface science is widely covered by the following departments: Biomaterials, Biomolecular Systems, Colloid Chemistry, Theory & Bio-Systems and the Emeritus Group (Interfaces). Current research topics are polymeric films, membranes, microcapsules, organic and inorganic nanostructures, biomineralization, nano- and microreactors, molecular motors and filaments as well as chemistry and biology of carbohydrates. Biomimetic research is at the core of the Institute’s activity. Common goal is to learn from nature how to build hierarchical materials or active systems with new functionalities, with adaptive, self-healing or self-assembling properties.

Main Electroporation related topics

- Electroporation of model lipid membranes; - Mechanical behavior and stability of vesicles exposed to electric fields (AC and DC); - Edge tension measurements on porated vesicles; - Vesicle electrofusion

Main Electroporation related research techniques and equipment

- For fast digital imaging: fast digital camera mounted on an inverted microscope equipped with micromanipulation setup; - For fluorescence assays: confocal microscope with a fast scanner and a two-photon laser; - In-house methodologies for membrane capacitance, bending rigidity and edge tension measurement based on vesicle electrodeformation and electroporation

Research topics, techniques and equipment not related to Electroporation

Main topics: Biomembranes: properties (mechanical, rheological), dynamics and stability (curvature generation, fusion and fission, membrane rafts, lipid sorting), interactions with proteins and polymers, adhesion, absorption of ions (Hofmeister series), grafting of amphiphiles; Cellular processes: molecular crowding, endo- and exo-cytosis, autophagy, collective transport and force generation by molecular motors; Colloidal interactions: polymer-vesicle and particle-vesicle interactions, wetting phenomena, stability of colloidal suspensions, polymer self-assembly. Techniques/equipment: Several optical microscopes, confocal microscope equipped for fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, micropipette manipulation setups, optical tweezers, isothermal titration calorimetry, differential scanning calorimetry, dynamic light scattering, zeta potential, total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy, surface tensiometer.

Brief information on available facilites

- laboratory with microscopy equipment and wet lab; - laboratory with optical trapping setup; - facilities for numerical computations, simulations are available within the department

Willingness to accept/host visiting researchers

Members:

  • Rumiana Dimova
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    Website: http://www.dimova.de
    Position: Researcher
  • Roland L. Knorr
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    Position: Researcher
  • Jan Steinkühler
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    Position: PhD student

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