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Collaboration with institutes in Thailand

March 02, 2018
A research delegation from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research has signed memoranda of understanding during its scientific trip to Thailand to expand collaborations on the research of nanostructures and responsive soft materials. [more]
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70 years Max Planck Society

February 26, 2018
The beginnings of a research giant: The Max Planck Society (MPG) celebrates its 70th anniversary on 26 February 2018. It was founded February 26, 1948 in Göttingen as successor organisation of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society. [more]
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Nanocarriers should cure grapevine trunks diseases

February 21, 2018
The funding initiative “Experiment!” of the Volkswagen Foundation (VolkswagenStiftung) supports research at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research about degradable nanocarriers for plant protection. [more]
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In best circles: First integrated circuit from self-assembled polymer

February 14, 2018
For the first time, a team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany has succeeded in making an integrated circuit (IC) from just a monolayer of a semiconducting polymer via a bottom-up, self-assembly approach. [more]
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Egbert Willem (Bert) Meijer is new External Scientific Member

January 30, 2018
The appointment of Bert Meijer broadens materials scope of Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research for supramolecular materials and medical applications [more]
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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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