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First Sino-German Young Scientist Symposium: strengthening cooperation with the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences

November 22, 2016
Giving young scientists a networking platform to exchange ideas while also providing useful information regarding the funding of future joint projects were the aims of the first “Sino-German Young Scientist Symposium”. The program consisted of various talks on “Interfaces: Construction, Characterization and Functionalization”. The event took place at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS), in Beijing, China, from November 9 - 13, 2016. [more]
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Egbert W. Meijer receives MAINZ Visiting Professorship 2016

November 17, 2016
The Graduate School of Excellence Materials Science in Mainz awards the Dutch scientist with a visiting professorship [more]
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Solvent-free processing and re-processing plastics with light

October 10, 2016
Azobenzene polymers, currently used in research as potential, future coating and ink material, can be transitioned from solids into liquids by means of light enabling an environmentally friendly processing at room temperature. Since the cis and trans configurations of these plastics possess different thermal properties, polymers with the latter chemical structure have sufficient mobility to be moldable at ambient temperatures. This way, these plastics no longer need to be exposed to solvents or heated up in order to prepare them for manufacturing. At the same time water pollution is reduced and toxic fumes as a byproduct of heating are prevented. [more]
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Frederik Wurm receives Reimund Stadler Award 2016

September 20, 2016
With the Reimund Stadler Award 2016, the German Chemical Society (GDCh) recognizes the junior scientist Priv.-Doz. Dr. Frederik Wurm for his research on the synthesis of phosphorus-containing polymers and their interaction with biomaterials. The project leader at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) received the prize, endowed with 5,000 euros, on September 11, 2016, at the Biennial Meeting of the GDCh-Division Macromolecular Chemistry in Halle. [more]
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Science Market 2016

September 14, 2016
At the Science Market (Mainzer Wissenschaftsmarkt) from September 10 - 11, 2016, 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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ERC Starting Grant for project on asymmetric organo-catalysis

September 13, 2016
The European Research Council supports the project “Fundamentals of ASymmeTric Organo-CATalysis“ (FASTO-CAT) by Dr. Johannes Hunger with an ERC Starting Grant of 1.9 million euros. The project leader at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) investigates the working principles of asymmetric organo-catalysis – a novel, environmentally benign catalytic route. To understand the fundamentals of these catalysts, he focuses on the catalyst-substrate interaction, which is the key intermediate for efficient stereocontrol. The goal of investigating these reactive intermediates with a combination of spectroscopic techniques is to help develop new catalytic routes and optimize existing catalyses. [more]
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Symposium on behalf of emeritus director Klaus Müllen and his successor Tanja Weil

September 02, 2016
On October 1, 2016, Prof. Dr. Tanja Weil takes over the directorship of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) heading the department “Synthesis of Macromolecules. After almost 30 years as director and head of the department “Synthetic Chemistry”, Prof. Dr. Klaus Müllen retired from his positions at the MPI-P taking on the emeritus status. [more]
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Klaus Müllen receives Hermann Staudinger Award 2016

August 31, 2016
On September 11, 2016, the emeritus director of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P), Prof. Dr. Klaus Müllen, receives the award of the German Chemical Society (GDCh), endowed with a gold medal and prize money. The Hermann Staudinger Award honors the scientist for his research on the synthesis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and 2D macromolecules for electronic components. [more]
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10 Leading Chinese Scientists in Europe: Si Wu receives award for research on photoresponsive materials

August 24, 2016
For his academic achievements, Dr. Si Wu, project leader at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, is recognized with the certificate “10 Leading Chinese Scientists in Europe”. In his work he focuses on the properties of photoresponsive materials that can be controlled by light with high spatiotemporal resolution. Possible fields of application include phototherapy, solar enery storage, healable coatings and information storage. [more]
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MPI-P scientists take part in new research project “PlastX”

July 19, 2016
Together with two other research facilities, a team led by Dr. Frederik Wurm, project leader at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P), participates in the project “PlastX – Plastics as a systemic risk for social-ecological supply systems”. The junior research group supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMFB) investigates ways for a sustainable management of plastic and plastic waste. The scientists of the MPI-P focus their research on the chemical synthesis of new polymers, in order to develop biodegradable plastics that help to reduce the amount of plastic waste. [more]
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