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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.


Colloidal polycrystalline monolayers under oscillatory shear.  I Buttinoni, M Steinacher, HTh Spanke, J Pokki, S Bahmann, B Nelson, G Foffi and L Isa Phys. Rev. E, (2017). DOI  

Compression of hard core-soft shell nanoparticles at liquid-liquid interfaces: influence of the shell thickness. A Rauh, M. Rey, L Barbera, M Zanini, M. Karg and L Isa Soft Matter, (2017) Themed collection: Soft Matter Emerging Investigators 2017. DOI  

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). DOI  


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

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