Research Group

We strive to generate and apply polymer materials, both via synthetic and biological methodologies, equipped with both, dynamic and adaptive properties. Focus areas are the molecular design of functional polymers (synthesis, novel functionalization strategies) via control of inter/intramolecular interactions. Our generated materials address self-healing polymers, biomimetic diagnostic/delivery systems (artificial membranes, protein/polymer conjugates) and concepts for charge-storage-materials (ionic liquids, batteries, fuel cell membranes).

Figure modified from the references 4, 17, 21, 31, 38, 39, 41, 48, 52 with permission including the corresponding copyrights.
  • Generate biomimetic, renewable and self-healing polymers 1–3 (research field II)
  • Synthesis and novel analytical methods for the preparation of complex macromolecular architectures 4–8 (research field I)
  • Design of nanoscaled medical imaging systems and drug-delivery systems 9–11 (research field V)
  • Develop novel electrolytes for battery and transistor systems 7, 12 (research field IV)
  • Transfer self-healing concepts into thermoplastic materials, elastomers and electrode-materials3 13–17 (research field II)
  • Study biological folding, aggregation- and chirality transfer-principles 4, 18–20 (research field III)
  • 3D-printing of polymers 21 (research field V)

Macromolecules are key molecules, indispensable for modern society. They are not only present as widely known structural materials in eg. automobiles or aeroplanes, but are found in biomedicine, modern energy- or information technology22. Research focus in our group is the preparation of functional polymers and their application in modern technology, designing polymers for medicine, as advanced structural materials, or for novel batteries and transistors.

Based on the polymer’s structural complexity we use all known living polymerization (such as ATPR, RAFT, NMP, ROMP, LCCP, LAP and ROP-methodologies)23-25 and modern functionalization strategies known from synthetic organic chemistry, including „click“-based methods26-31. Novel polymeric architectures (functional graft-, cyclic-, star-polymers)32-34 and the site-specific integration of supramolecular interactions (such as hydrogen bonds, ionomers, mechanophores)35-39 into tailored macromolecules allow to generate advanced materials in the areas of biomedicine40-44, modern imaging technology, batteries45, transistors or self-healing-materials40, 46-50. Using modern high resolution mass spectrometry (LC/ESI-MS and GPC/LC-MALDI-methods) and complex hyphenated technologies (two-dimensional chromatography (2D-LC/GPC)), advanced functions of macromolecules can be integrated by use of 3D-printing technologies.


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