Super-resolution microscopy as a powerful tool to study complex synthetic materials

Silvia Pujals, Natalia Feiner-Gracia, Pietro Delcanale, Ilja Voets, Lorenzo Albertazzi (Corresponding author)

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Understanding the relations between the formation, structure, dynamics and functionality of complex synthetic materials is one of the great challenges in chemistry and nanotechnology and represents the foundation for the rational design of novel materials for a variety of applications. Initially conceived to study biology below the diffraction limit, super-resolution microscopy (SRM) is emerging as a powerful tool for studying synthetic materials owing to its nanometric resolution, multicolour ability and minimal invasiveness. In this Review, we provide an overview of the pioneering studies that use SRM to visualize materials, highlighting exciting recent developments such as experiments in operando, wherein materials, such as biomaterials in a biological environment, are imaged in action. Moreover, the potential and the challenges of the different SRM methods for application in nanotechnology and (bio)materials science are discussed, aiming to guide researchers to select the best SRM approach for their specific purpose.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)68-84
Aantal pagina's17
TijdschriftNature Reviews Chemistry
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusGepubliceerd - 1 feb 2019

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