Director

Prof. Dr.  Katharina Landfester
Prof. Dr. Katharina Landfester
Director
Phone:+49 6131 379-170

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From November 07 - 09, our department and the department Physics at Interfaces under Prof. Hans-Jürgen Butt have successfully hosted the Sino-German Symposium 2018: Polymers and Interfaces at MPI-P.
From November 07 - 09, our department and the department Physics at Interfaces under Prof. Hans-Jürgen Butt have successfully hosted the Sino-German Symposium 2018: Polymers and Interfaces at MPI-P.
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Niklas Huber, a PhD candidate in our department, was awarded with the highly prestige Kekulé- Fellowship by the German Chemical Industry Fund (Fonds der Chemischen Industrie, FCI). Congratulations Niklas!

Prestige Kekulé- Fellowship for Niklas Huber

Niklas Huber, a PhD candidate in our department, was awarded with the highly prestige Kekulé- Fellowship by the German Chemical Industry Fund (Fonds der Chemischen Industrie, FCI). Congratulations Niklas!
David Passlick successfully passed his Ph.D. examination in November 2018.

Ph.D. examination successfully passed

David Passlick successfully passed his Ph.D. examination in November 2018.
Barbara Ripka successfully passed her Ph.D. examination in November 2018.

Ph.D. examination successfully passed

Barbara Ripka successfully passed her Ph.D. examination in November 2018.
On September 20-21, 2018 the Kickoff-Meeting for a new FET-OPEN project took place at the CNR-IBIM in Palermo, Italy. In the meeting, all Ves4Us consortium members successfully discussed the first activities regarding the isolation and characterization of extracellular vesicles as novel carrier systems.

EU FET-OPEN project Ves4Us has started!

On September 20-21, 2018 the Kickoff-Meeting for a new FET-OPEN project took place at the CNR-IBIM in Palermo, Italy. In the meeting, all Ves4Us consortium members successfully discussed the first activities regarding the isolation and characterization of extracellular vesicles as novel carrier systems.
Carl Wei He successfully passed his Ph.D. examination in August 2018.

Ph.D. examination successfully passed

Carl Wei He successfully passed his Ph.D. examination in August 2018.
Dr. Kai Zhang is selected as 2018 Emerging Investigator by Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

2018 Emerging Investigator

Dr. Kai Zhang is selected as 2018 Emerging Investigator by Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
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Together with a team of three other young researchers, Claudia Weber and Solveig Bartelt from the MPIP won the prize for the best group presentation regarding current research challenges. The Leibniz Young Polymer Scientist Forum was held on June 28-29, 2018 at the DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials in Aachen.

Group Prize at Leibniz Young Polymer Scientist Forum

Together with a team of three other young researchers, Claudia Weber and Solveig Bartelt from the MPIP won the prize for the best group presentation regarding current research challenges. The Leibniz Young Polymer Scientist Forum was held on June 28-29, 2018 at the DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials in Aachen. [more]
Johanna Simon successfully passed her Ph.D. examination in June 2018.

Ph.D. examination successfully passed

Johanna Simon successfully passed her Ph.D. examination in June 2018.

Congratulations to Run Li who is appointed assistant professor at Hunan University.

Run successfully finished his PhD in our department in October 2017.
The German-Spanish Symposium on Functional Hybrid Nanomaterials took place on April 9 and 10, 2018 on the Occasion of the Inauguration of the Max Planck Partner Group on Coloidal Methods for Multifunctional Materials (CM3-Lab) at the University of Valencia. The symposium was organized by Dr. Rafael Munoz-Espi and Prof. Katharina Landfester.
The German-Spanish Symposium on Functional Hybrid Nanomaterials took place on April 9 and 10, 2018 on the Occasion of the Inauguration of the Max Planck Partner Group on Coloidal Methods for Multifunctional Materials (CM3-Lab) at the University of Valencia. The symposium was organized by Dr. Rafael Munoz-Espi and Prof. Katharina Landfester.
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Julius Müller successfully passed his Ph.D. examination in April 2018.

Ph.D. examination successfully passed

Julius Müller successfully passed his Ph.D. examination in April 2018.
Elisabeth Rieger successfully passed her Ph.D. examination in April 2018.

Ph.D. examination successfully passed

Elisabeth Rieger successfully passed her Ph.D. examination in April 2018.
Thomas Wolf successfully passed his Ph.D. examination in February 2018.

Ph.D. examination successfully passed

Thomas Wolf successfully passed his Ph.D. examination in February 2018.
Our group attended the recent competition by Carl Roth and won the first prize to be their office- and lab-heroes of 2018. We thank Carl Roth for the competition which was a lot of fun for us.

Lady Nano - lab-hero of 2018

Our group attended the recent competition by Carl Roth and won the first prize to be their office- and lab-heroes of 2018. We thank Carl Roth for the competition which was a lot of fun for us.
The Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, the Petroleum and Petrochemical College, Chulalongkorn University and the National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTECH) and Development Agency (NSTDA) jointly organized the workshop on “Nanostructured and Responsive Soft Materials: Molecular Design, Synthesis, Characterization” at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Bangkok. The workshop aimed to promote research collaboration and knowledge sharing opportunities between researchers.
The Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, the Petroleum and Petrochemical College, Chulalongkorn University and the National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTECH) and Development Agency (NSTDA) jointly organized the workshop on “Nanostructured and Responsive Soft Materials: Molecular Design, Synthesis, Characterization” at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Bangkok. The workshop aimed to promote research collaboration and knowledge sharing opportunities between researchers.
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Kristin Bauer successfully passed her Ph.D. examination in December 2017.

Ph.D. examination successfully passed

Kristin Bauer successfully passed her Ph.D. examination in December 2017.

Prof. Dr. Katharina Landfester - Physical Chemistry of Polymers


Welcome to the Department of Physical Chemistry of Polymers

We view it as our mission to create colloids with increasingly specific and complex properties for new materials and bio-medical applications and to use the confinement of stable nanodroplets to tune chemical reactions and transformation processes. Particles suspended in a liquid, known as a colloid, are versatile and flexible in their uses. They are found everywhere in our daily lives, from mother's milk to adhesives and automobile paint to the most modern technologies. The special properties of colloids can therefore be adapted in each case to the intended purpose. That facilitates the enormous versatility of the miniemulsion process. From the encapsulation of dedicated molecules, like drugs, self-healing agents etc. through to generation of extremely small nanostructures, these simple spheres can be utilised with a highly uniform size and a defined functionality of the surface. The significance of the miniemulsion technique is that it is possible to use a wide variety of polymerization techniques with a wide range of monomers. Hereby important factors like size, shape, degradation, release kinetics, surface functionalization can be precisely tuned as requested. The continual progress in knowledge about the properties of nanoscale objects and their interactions with living tissue like cells or with electromagnetic radiation opens diverse opportunities. 

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S. Morsbach, G. Gonella, V. Mailänder, S. Wegner, S. Wu, T. Weidner, R. Berger, K. Koynov, D. Vollmer, N. Encinas, S. L. Kuan, T. Bereau, K. Kremer, T. Weil, M. Bonn, H.-J. Butt, K. Landfester
Engineering Proteins at Interfaces: From Complementary Characterization to Material Surfaces with Designed Functions
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Jeehye Byun, Wei Huang, Di Wang, Run Li, Kai A. I. Zhang
CO2-Triggered Switchable Hydrophilicity of Heterogeneous Conjugated Polymer Photocatalyst for Enhanced Catalytic Activity in Water
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Elisabeth Rieger, Jan Blankenburg, Eduard Grune, Manfred Wagner, Katharina Landfester, and Frederik R. Wurm
Controlling the Polymer Microstructure in Anionic Polymerization by Compartmentalization
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J. Petit, L. Thomi, J. Schultze, M. Makowski, I. Negwer, K. Koynov, S. Herminghaus, F.R. Wurm, O. Bäumchen, K. Landfester
A modular approach for multifunctional polymersomes with controlled adhesive properties
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Mohammad Shafee Alkanawati, Frederik R. Wurm, Héloïse Thérien-Aubin and Katharina Landfester
Large-Scale Preparation of Polymer Nanocarriers by High-Pressure Microfluidization
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L.K. Müller, J. Simon, V. Mailänder, S. Morsbach, K. Landfester
The Transferability from Animal Models to Humans: Challenges Regarding Aggregation and Protein Corona Formation of Nanoparticles
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