Bob-Dan Lechner

Research interests

  • mechanical properties and stability of heart muscle proteins (myosin and myosin binding proteins)
  • alteration of human tooth enamel by (modified) food stuffs –  mineralization of tooth hard tissue
  • interaction of amphiphilic and polyphilic molecules with lipid monolayers and lipid vesicles
  • self organization of amphiphilic and polyphilic liquid crystalline molecules at the air/water interface
  • tracking of core/shell nanoparticles embeded in soft matter (lipid/block-copolymer)
  • lyotropic organization of bola-amphphiles and their mixtures with phospholipids
  • suprmolecular assemblies of (block-co) polymers
  • properties of aqueous carbon nanotubes dispersion
  • mechanical properties of natural and synthetic elastins

Techniques

  • Atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging, multi-setpoint intermittent contact (MUSIC) mode, protein pulling
  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
  • X-ray scattering (powder diffraction, reflectivity, gracing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXD) with synchrotron sources)
  • Infrared spectroscopy with attenuated total-reflection (ATR-FTIR)
  • Density functional theory (DFT) calculations
  • Tensiometry (Compression isotherms, adsorption isotherms)
  • Brewster angle microscopy
  • Langmuir-Blodgett transfer and AFM imaging
  • Infrared absorption reflection spectroscopy (IRRAS)
  • Electron microscopy (cryo-TEM, ESEM)
  • Fluorescence-spectroscopy and microscopy, dynamic light scattering
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