Welcome to the website of Prof. Dr. Markus Retsch
My team and I work on periodic and amorphous functional nanostructures using a wide range of materials. Our predominant route towards well-defined nano- and mesostructured materials starts with the design of colloidal particles, which resemble the fundamental building blocks.
These are being assembled into two- and three-dimensional arrays, which not only adds an additional length scale of structure, but also functionality. We have developed simple, yet robust techniques to assemble colloidal spheres into ordered monolayers. Of particular interest are the optical, mechanical, and thermal properties of latex particles, hollow spheres, and plasmonic nanoparticles.