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Antara Pal

My research activities in the field of soft matter are a perfect admixture of the two classical disciplines of natural sciences, Chemistry, and Physics. My expertise lies within the broad field of self-assembly and dynamics of experimental soft condensed matter, with a particular focus on amphiphilic (surfactants and lipids) and colloidal systems.

Research Interests

Experimental Soft Matter

  •  Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  •  Interplay between the Self-Assembly & Dynamics of Colloids
  •  Lipid and Surfactant Systems
  •  Self-Assembly of Amphipilic Systems

Research Projects

  1. Extending the use of advanced synchrotron based quasi-elastic X-ray scattering to soft and biological systems at CoSAXS beamline at MAXIV Synchrotron Facility.
  2. Dynamics in Soft Matter Systems
    • Probing the collective dynamics of magnetic anisotropic colloids with(out) external fields by:
      • X-ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy (XPCS)
      • Differential Dynamic Microscopy (DDM)
    • Establishing the relationship between the self-assembled structures and the dynamics of different anisotropic soft-matter systems on colloidal length scale.
    • Probing the dynamics of arrest transition in protein solution using XPCS.
    • Implementation of depolarized dynamic light scattering in 3D mode to study rotational dynamics of turbid samples.
  3. Self-Assembly in Soft Matter Systems
    • External stimuli assisted self-assembly of colloidal ellipsoids.
    • Analyzed the field induced structures formed by hybrid magnetic nano-ellipsoids using USAXS.
    • Structure of responsive microgels.



Selected Publications

For a comprehensive list of publications please visit my Google Scholar page

1. Shape Structure and anisotropic dynamics of stimuli responsive colloidal ellipsoids at the nearest neighbor length scale

Antara Pal, Md. Arif Kamal, and Peter Schurtenberger.

Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 621, 352, 2022.

Selected for Inside Cover.

2. Shape Matters in Magnetic-Field Assisted Assembly of Prolate Colloids

Antara Pal, Carlo De Filippo, Thiago H. Ito, Md. Arif Kamal, Andrei V. Petukhov, Cristiano De Michele, and Peter Schurtenberger.

ACS Nano, 16, 2, 2558, 2022

3. Structure and dynamics of dense colloidal ellipsoids at the nearest-neighbor length scale

Antara Pal, Md. Arif Kamal, Peter Holmqvist, and Peter Schurtenberger.

Phys. Rev. Research, 3, 023254, 2021.

4. Anisotropic Dynamics of Magnetic Colloidal Cubes Studied by X-ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy (XPCS)

Antara Pal, Md. Arif Kamal, Thomas Zinn, Jan K. G. Dhont, Theyencheri Narayanan and Peter Schurtenberger

Phys. Rev. Materials, 5, 035603, 2021.

5. Topological Changes Accompanying the Phase Transitions in AOT-water Binary System in the Presence of a Strongly Binding Counter-ion

Md. Arif Kamal and Antara Pal.

Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 611, 125788, 2021.

6. Path-dependent Self-assembly of Magnetic Anisotropic Colloids Resembling Peanuts

Md. Arif Kamal, Andrei V. Petukhov and Antara Pal

J Phys Chem B, 124(27), 5754, 2020.

7. Anisotropic Dynamics and Kinetic Arrest of Dense Colloidal Ellipsoids in the Presence of an External Field Studied by Differential Dynamic Microscopy

Antara Pal, Vincent A. Martinez, Thiago H. Ito, Jochen Arlt, Jerome J. Crassous, Wilson C. K. Poon and P. Schurtenberger.

Science Advances, Vol. 6, no. 3, eaaw9733, 2020.

8. Anomalous Dynamics of Magnetic Anisotropic Colloids Studied by XPCS.

Antara Pal, Thomas Zinn, Md. Arif Kamal, Theyencheri Narayanan, and P. Schurtenberger

Small, 14, 1802233, 2018.

Selected for Frontispiece.

Highlighted under “Hot Topics” in the category of magnetic materials by Wiley-VCH.

9. Hybrid Magnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles With Tunable Field Directed Self-Assembly.

Antara Pal, V. Malik, J. J. Crassous, A. M. Mihut, H. Dietsch, A. Menzel, A. M. Hirt, and P. Schurtenberger

Nanoscale, 9, 14405, 2017.

10. Observation of Solid-Solid Transition in 3D Crystals of Colloidal Superballs.

Janne-Mieke Meijer, Antara Pal, Samia Ouhajji, Henk N.W. Lekkerkerker, Albert P. Philipse and Andrei V. Petukhov.

Nature Communications, 8, 14352, 2017.

11. Observation of the Chiral and Achiral Hexatic Phases of Self-Assembled Micellar polymers.

Antara Pal, Md. Arif Kamal and V. A. Raghunathan.

Scientific Reports, 6, 32313, 2016.

12. Tuning the Colloidal Crystal Structure of Magnetic Particles by External Field.

Antara Pal, Vikash Malik, Ben H. Erné, Le He, Yadong Yin, Willem K. Kegel and Andrei V. Petukhov.

Angewandte Chimie Int. Ed., 54 (6), 1803, 2015


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