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Prof. Dr.  Katharina Landfester
Prof. Dr. Katharina Landfester
Director
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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.
<div style="text-align: justify;">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.</div>
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.
<div style="text-align: justify;">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.</div>
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.
<div style="text-align: justify;">One year after the project started, we met with our HypoSens partners in Tel Aviv on November 8<sup>th</sup> in order to share its progress, a meeting that was organised by Technion partner. During the first year, there has been special focus in developing the T- and O<sub>2</sub> -sensing molecules but also in improving the focusing system of the optical device.</div>
One year after the project started, we met with our HypoSens partners in Tel Aviv on November 8th in order to share its progress, a meeting that was organised by Technion partner. During the first year, there has been special focus in developing the T- and O2 -sensing molecules but also in improving the focusing system of the optical device.
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Wei Huang’s paper selected as „Highlights in Current Synthetic Organic Chemistry” in SYNFACTS

Highlight paper!

Wei Huang’s paper selected as „Highlights in Current Synthetic Organic Chemistry” in SYNFACTS
Greta Becker successfully passed her Ph.D. examination in November 2017.

Ph.D. examination successfully passed

Greta Becker successfully passed her Ph.D. examination in November 2017.
Wei Huang successfully passed his Ph.D. examination in November 2017.

Ph.D. examination successfully passed

Wei Huang successfully passed his Ph.D. examination in November 2017.
Isabel Schlegel successfully passed her Ph.D. examination in November 2017.

Ph.D. examination successfully passed

Isabel Schlegel successfully passed her Ph.D. examination in November 2017.
<div style="text-align: justify;">Successful premiere at the MPIP: For the first time a tango-leadership course took place from October 19-20 2017.</div>
Successful premiere at the MPIP: For the first time a tango-leadership course took place from October 19-20 2017.
Since July 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.

New partner group established!

Since July 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.
Run Li successfully passed his Ph.D. examination in October 2017.

Ph.D. examination successfully passed

Run Li successfully passed his Ph.D. examination in October 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
DOI
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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
DOI
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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
DOI

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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
DOI
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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
DOI
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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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