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POLYMERIC NANOSTRUCTURES

Research areas

We are interested in the self-assembly and application of polymeric materials at different length scales from 1 nm up to several µm. This involves the synthesis and characterization of innovative and functional polymers and block copolymers. To achieve this, we utilize different polymerization techniques, ranging from conventional free radical to ionic methods. Research interests include:

  • controlled/ living polymerization techniques
  • stimuli-responsive block copolymer membranes
  • hierarchy and compartmentalization in block copolymer materials
  • design and manipulation of interfaces, in particular within organic/inorganic hybrid materials
  • morphological investigations using a combination of imaging and scattering techniques

Teaching fields

Our teaching includes various aspects of macromolecular chemistry. He gives courses in:

  • the fundamentals of polymer chemistry
  • the synthesis and characterization of block copolymers
  • self-assembly and supramolecular chemistry
  • polymers in materials science

Research methods

Our research group utilizes different methods for the synthesis and morphological characterization of block copolymers which include:

  • state-of-the-art synthetic equipment, including gloveboxes for working under inert conditions or under controlled temperature/humidity
  • dynamic and static light scattering (DLS/ SLS)
  • small and wide angle x-ray scattering (SAXS/ WAXS)
  • equipment for UV irradiation
  • (cryo) ultramicrotome for sample preparation in electron microscopy

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