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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.


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


Universal emulsion stabilization from the arrested adsorption of rough particles at liquid-liquid interfaces. M Zanini, C Marschelke, S Anachkov, E Marini, A Synytska and L. Isa Nature Communications 8, 15701, 2017

Two-dimensional nature of the active Brownian motion of catalytic microswimmers at solid and liquid interfaces. K Dietrich, D Renggli, M Zanini, G Volpe, I Buttinoni and L Isa New Journal of Physics, DOI:10.1088/1367-2630/aa7126, 2017.

Hybrid colloidal microswimmers through sequential capillary assembly. S Ni, E Marini, I Buttinoni, H Wolf and L Isa Soft Matter, 13, 4252 - 4259, 2017.

Compression and deposition of microgel monolayers from fluid interfaces: particle size effects on interface microstructure and nanolithography. L Scheidegger, MA Fernàndez-Rodriguez, K Geisel, M Zanini, R Elnathan, W Richtering and L Isa Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., (2017) Themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles. (Front cover image of the 07.04.2017 issue).


Hybrid colloids produced by sequential capillarity-assisted particle assembly: a new path for complex microparticles
S Ni, I Buttinoni, H Wolf and L Isa
CHIMIA, 71 (6), pp. 349-353, 2017

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