The Center for the Science of Synthesis Across Scales (CSSAS)



François Baneyx

Lead Institution

University of Washington




To harness the complex functionality of hierarchical materials by mastering the design of high-information-content macromolecular building blocks that predictively self-assemble into responsive, reconfigurable, self-healing materials, and direct the formation and organization of inorganic components.

Research Topics

bio-inspired, mesoscale science, materials and chemistry by design, mesostructured materials, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly), synthesis (predictive)

Systems Studied

Systems: metal, oxide, polymer, molecules, biological, electrolytes

Interfaces: organic/inorganic, organic/organic, inorganic/inorganic, liquid/solid, solid/solid

Nanostructured: 1D, 2D, 3D

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, surface science, high-throughput screening methods, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), mesoscale modeling, multiscale modeling, machine learning, data science

Partner Institutions

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Washington 

BES Staff Contact

Craig Henderson