The Center for Physics and Chemistry of Living Systems
at Tel Aviv University

The Center for the Physics and Chemistry of Living Systems at Tel Aviv University is an interdisciplinary, collaborative group of researchers from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine, and Engineering, who are interested in the behavior of soft matter and complex fluids in the context of biological systems.

Research activities include a wide range of experimental and theoretical investigations, with many collaborations between members, on-campus and worldwide.

We hold an informal, student-oriented seminar, which helps us learn about colleagues' work and research interests across the different disciplines. The seminar meetings usually last more than an hour due to many questions and lively discussions.

The center offers and coordinates a wide range of advanced courses in soft matter, biophysics, and related subjects across campus.

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Recent Collaborative Publications

Dendron–Polymer Hybrids as Tailorable Responsive Coronae of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Bisker & Amir Groups


We present highly modular amphiphilic polymer-dendron hybrids, composed of hydrophobic dendrons and hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG) that can be synthesized with a high degree of structural freedom, for suspending single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) in aqueous solution. Utilizing the susceptibility of the PEG-dendrons toward enzymatic degradation, we demonstrate the ability to monitor enzymatic activity through changes in the SWCNT fluorescent signal. These findings pave the way for a rational design of functional SWCNTs, which can be used for optical sensing of enzymatic activity in the near-infrared spectral range.

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