The Synthesis of Nanoscale Systems group (Prof. Dr. Bart Jan Ravoo and co-workers) is based in the Organic Chemistry Institute of the University of Münster. We are affiliated to SON, the recently established Center for Soft Nanoscience, and to CeNTech, the Münster Center for Nanotechnology. Our aim is to use molecules as nanoscale building blocks for the construction of materials and devices by self-assembly. The assembly of many molecules into complex and dynamic superstructures will give rise to chemical systems with emerging properties that are much more than the sum of the components. The group focuses on three main areas of research: supramolecular chemistry in water, surface functionalization by molecular self-organization and (nano)particle functionalization.