My research interests lie in the field of organic/inorganic porous materials, their synthesis using sol-gel methods and their characterisation on several length scales. The reason is that we can potentially (i) design very interesting novel materials for biocatalysis / biorecognition and also (ii) understand how diatom skeletons, so beautifully well-shaped, are formed.

MF Foam  
Diatom  

Electron micrographs of two different types of porous materials: Left- Synthetic polymeric foam with pores on several length scales from C.C. Egger (courtesy of BASF-AG) Right- Hierarchical diatom silica skeleton with a well organised porous network (from M. Sumper, Science, 2002).

Chrystelle Egger