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)

Materials Studied

Materials: metal, oxide, polymer, biological

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

Nanostructured Materials: 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), 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

Michael Markowitz, Craig Henderson