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About us

Welcome to the Laboratory for Interfaces, Soft matter and Assembly (ISA) in the Department of Materials at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

The group, headed by Prof. Lucio Isa, was founded on September 1st 2013 following an Assistant Professorship grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation.

“The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world” Lao-Tzu, Chinese philosopher, 6th century BC.

Student Projects

We are always looking for motivated students for projects in our group. More details on our current research can be found on the Student Projects page.


Particle detachment from fluid interfaces: theory vs. experiments. Svetoslav E. Anachkov, Ivan Lesov, Michele Zanini, Peter A. Kralchevsky, Nikolai D. Denkov, and Lucio Isa Soft Matter, (2016) Cambridge: Royal Society of Chemistry. DOI  E-Citations

ATR-IR Investigation of Solvent Interactions with Surface-Bound Polymers. Christian H. Mathis, Mohammad Divandari, Rok Simic, Vikrant V. Naik, Edmondo M. Benetti, Lucio Isa, and Nicholas D. Spencer Langmuir, (2016) Washington, DC: American Chemical Society. DOI  E-Citations

Immobilization of Colloidal Monolayers at Fluid–Fluid Interfaces. Peter T. Bähler, Michele Zanini, Giulia Morgese, Edmondo M. Benetti, and Lucio Isa Gels, (2016) Basel: MDPI. DOI  E-Citations


See our research page for more details on our current research. 

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