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We experimentally investigate the assembly behavior of sub-micron colloidal particles in the spherical confinement of an emulsion droplet as a function of the number of constituent particles and the time scale available for the assembly process.


Colloidal lithography serves as a simple yet efficient tool to obtain wafer-scale surface nanostructures. The process takes advantage of the ability of colloidal particles to form ordered monolayer structures at liquid interfaces.


We use colloidal self-assembly techniques to create materials and surfaces with defined nanostructural and hierarchical architectures which mimic the optical properties found in nature.


we develop simple strategies to assemble such colloidal monolayer with high precision at the air/water interface and investigate their structure as a function of the physicochemical properties of the individual particles.


We develop new surfaces able to repel complex liquid, taking inspiration from nature's best examples, such as the lotus leaf and the pitcher plant.

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Welcome to the lab of Prof. Nicolas Vogel!

Research in the self-assembled materials group gravitates around the self-organization of colloidal particles. We seek a fundamental understanding of self-assembly processes to create defined nanostructured materials and surfaces. We investigate the emergence of functional properties from such structures, for example to control the wetting of a surface, to create vivid structural coloration, or to fabricate plasmonic nanostructure arrays.

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Prof. Vogel (@VogelLab) explained the origin of color during the opening of the exhibit “Schillernd Schön” at the #Bionicum Nürnberg. The team of CRC1411 complemented the beautiful pictures of Thomas Büchsemann with a video 🦋and with lab-made structural color materials.

Die Farben der Natur faszinieren das @VogelLab @UniFAU und den Fotografen Thomas Büchsemann. In der Ausstellung “Schillernd schön” im #Bionicum treffen Forschung und Kunst aufeinander.
Zur Eröffnungsfeier hat Prof. Vogel Regenbogenschokolade dabei!🤩@SNSB_Aktuell @museen_nbg

Researchers @VogelLab mimic nature’s striking colors using colloidal photonic crystals containing polydopamine.

Polydopamine, a synthetic analog of natural melanin, removes scattered light, enhancing light-matter interaction.

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