In nature, the controlled diffusion of chemical species in time and space can lead to complex and vital functions. In our group, we develop bio-inspired synthetic methods that can convey an increased control of covalent and non-covalent synthesis in time and space (kinetic control). For example, we engineer liquid-liquid interfacial reactions at the micro- and nanoscale to synchronize the reaction time and mass transport of reagents during materials synthesis. This ultimate control has helped us to unveil non-covalent synthetic processes capturing kinetic and metastable states. In addition, these bio-inspired conditions are also excellent tools to expose the different hiking routes that as molecular-based system can follow during its formation (pathway complexity).

Keywords

       Colloids;    Non-covalent interactions;    Flow Chemistry