The Non-Equilibrium Supramolecular Self-Assembly Lab (NESSA-Lab) is a young research group at the University of Barcelona, (Secció de Química Orgànica) led by Alessandro Sorrenti

Our view

To push artificial materials closer to the complexity of biological systems, we must venture beyond equilibrium self-assembly.

Our goal

To make and understand functional self-assembled materials possessing unique life-like properties, by exploiting non-equilibrium conditions.

We think that a multidisciplinary approach is the only way to understand complex phenomena. 

The research at the NESSA-Lab relies on four main activities:

Organic Chemistry

 Making building blocks, devising reaction cycles

Supramolecular Chemistry

Spectroscopic and physicochemical study of self-assembly 

Mathematical Modelling

Kinetics of reaction cycles and self-assembly by solving ODEs

Chemical Engineering

Making reactors, in-situ detection, microfluidics

If you are interested in joining our group, send a CV and a motivation letter to