Frontiers of Science: Prof. Mahesh Mahanthappa

    November 14th at 12:00
    Onsite event
    in Presidentti auditorium, BioCity

    Prof. Mahesh Mahanthappa, University of Minnesota, USA
    Scale-invariant principles of molecular self-assembly across lengthscales
    Host: Reko Leino (

    Coffee and sandwich at 11:45, first come first served!


    Six PhD researchers and early-career postdocs are welcome to have a lunch and discuss with Prof. Mahanthappa after the seminar. This is a great possibility to learn hosting skills in a friendly environment and create connections for future. Everyone is welcome to join, BioCity Turku will offer the lunch.

    If you got interested, please send an email to


    Mahanthappa research group focuses on the development of block copolymer and liquid crystal materials. Their research approach relies on a powerful combination of chemical synthesis, morphological characterization, and physical properties assessments to develop useful materials for a variety of applications. Situated at the interface of chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science, their interdisciplinary research program engages students and postdocs with diverse backgrounds in highly collaborative research. Mahanthappa groups’ research mission is to scalably produce useful polymer and liquid crystals with precise control over molecular architecture and functional group placement, in order to gain molecular–level insights into their structure–property relationships for potentially innovative applications.


    Selected publications

    AJ Mueller, AP Lindsay, RM Lewis III, Q Zhang, S Narayanan, TP Lodge, Mahesh K Mahanthappa, Frank S Bates. 2024. Particle Dynamics in a Diblock-Copolymer-Based Dodecagonal Quasicrystal and Its Periodic Approximant by X-Ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy. Physical Review Letters 132 (15), 158101

    Lindsay AP, Jayaraman A, Peterson AJ, Mueller AJ, Weigand S, Almdal K, Mahanthappa MK, Lodge TP, Bates FS. 2021. Reevaluation of Poly(ethylene-alt-propylene)-block-Polydimethylsiloxane Phase Behavior Uncovers Topological Close-Packing and Epitaxial Quasicrystal Growth. ACS nano 15 (6), 9453-9468

    Xu H, Xiao H, Ellison CJ, Mahanthappa MK. 2021. Flexible Nanoporous Materials by Matrix Removal from Cylinder-Forming Diblock Copolymers. Nano Lett. 2021 Sep 22;21(18):7587-7594.

    A Jayaraman, CM Baez-Cotto, TJ Mann, MK Mahanthappa. 2021. Dodecagonal quasicrystals of oil-swollen ionic surfactant micelles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118 (31), e2101598118


    General information

    • You can download and save all the autumn 2024 FoS-seminars to your calendar from here:
    • Registration is not needed, participation list is circulated in the audience
    • If you are a student and later wish to get a certificate of attendance from the Frontier of Science seminars, print out the seminar diary and after the seminar ask the BioCity coordinator to sign it
    • Please note that any audio or video recording of the seminars is strictly forbidden.
    • Autumn 2024 image credits to Mia Åstrand: Details of the Bacteroides fragilis VgrG protein (PDB ID: 8GRA). Image created in the PyMOL Molecular Graphics System, Version 2.5 Schrödinger, LLC.