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Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation "Plus 3" Funding for Dr. Katrin F. Domke

December 06, 2017
Dr. Katrin F. Domke from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research has been awarded "Plus 3" funding by the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation. [more]
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Frederik Wurm receives Lecturer Award of the German Chemical Industry Fund

November 29, 2017
On November 23, 2017, the Lecturer Award (Dozentenpreis) of the German Chemical Industry Fund was presented to Privatdozent Dr. Frederik Wurm of Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz. [more]
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Polymers and alcohol: The story of competing depletion forces

November 14, 2017
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, together with their collaborator Carlos Marques from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Strasbourg, France, have proposed a possible microscopic mechanism of polymer swelling in poor solvent mixtures. While the collapse of a polymer in poor solvent is well understood, the observed swelling of polymers in mixture of two poor, but miscible solvents seems paradoxical. By combining simulations and theoretical concepts, known from polymer physics and colloidal science, they have shown that the phenomenon of polymer swelling, within the intermediate mixing ratios of poor solvent mixtures, naturally emerges at ambient conditions, when an appropriate balance of the entropically driven depletion interactions is achieved. Their results and findings are published in the most recent issue of the scientific journal “Nature Communications". [more]
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How do liquid drops slide over solid surfaces?

November 08, 2017
Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research have investigated friction of liquid droplets on surfaces. A larger force is needed to set in motion stationary droplets than to keep moving droplets in motion. This behavior is already known for solids on surfaces. For the case of liquids, the phenomenon has been elucidated just now. [more]
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New Max Planck Partner Group with the University of Valencia

November 07, 2017
The Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) continues to expand its international networking and cooperation: since June 2017, the institute has established a new Partner Group for colloidal methods in multifunctional materials at the University of Valencia. The Spanish lab, headed by Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Espí, will closely cooperate with Prof. Dr. Katharina Landfester’s department "Physical Chemistry of Polymers" at the MPI-P for the next three years, with an option of a two-year prolongation. [more]
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Raffaello Potestio has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant for the project VARIAMOLS

October 05, 2017
The European Research Council supports the project "Variable resolution algorithms for macromolecular simulations – VARIAMOLS” by Dr. Raffaello Potestio with an ERC Starting Grant of 1.4 million euros. The group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) will develop and apply novel techniques to represent a large biomolecule, such as a protein or an assembly of several proteins, with models that are at the same time chemically accurate and computationally efficient. The project will be carried out at the Physics Department of the University of Trento, Italy, and is scheduled to start on January 1, 2018. [more]
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ERC Starting Grant ARTIST for Seraphine Wegner at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

September 27, 2017
The European Research Council (ERC) awarded Dr. Seraphine Wegner at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) an ERC Starting Grant of 1.9 million euros for her project ARTIST. This project on bottom-up tissue engineering wants to control cell-cell interactions with visible light to assemble cells into functional tissues. [more]
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Discovering Secrets of Surfaces at the Science Market

September 19, 2017
At the Science Market (Mainzer Wissenschaftsmarkt) from September 9 to 10, 2017, visitors had the chance to get to know and engage with the researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P). [more]
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Funding of DFG Collaborative Research Center developing nanomaterials for cancer immunotherapy extended

June 28, 2017
Focus on the development of drug carriers from polymer chemicals for use in biological systems [more]
 
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