Molecular engineering of novel crystalline phases using DNA


DNA is used as a programmable nanoscale bulding block for fabricating all-DNA and DNA-based particles with engineered shape and interaction potentials that could serve as model systems for exploring unconventional bulk phase behavior of diverse states of matter such as liquid crystals, crystalline phases and gels. To achieve our goals, we work in parallel with theory and simulation groups. Currently, the construction of a model cytoskeleton structure in artificial cells is underway. To accomplish this aim, microfluids is employed for the fabrication of DNA-based Liquid Crystal Elastomer (LCE) micro-shells.

Research Topics

  • DNA-based materials
  • Self-assembly
  • Liquid crystals
  • Patchy particles
  • Microscopy
  • Light scattering
  • Rheology
  • Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS)


Dr. Emmanuel Stiakakis


Building 04.6 / Room 74

+49 2461/61-3567



Projects & Cooperations

EU-Project QLUSTER Project-Title: Quantum and Classical Ultrasoft Matter, 2023-2026

Gemeinsame Antragstellung mit Österreich und Schweiz (D-A-CH): DFG STI 664/4-1, Project title: Self-assembly of DNA Dendrimers in the Bulk and at Interfaces, 2016-2019.


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