Dr. Katrin Wunderlich
Dr. Katrin Wunderlich
Group Leader
Phone:+49 6131 379-541

Functional Membrane Group

Project Leader

Dr. Katrin Wunderlich


Dr. Katrin Wunderlich obtained a joint degree in chemistry and chemical engineering from both the University of Würzburg and Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Physique Electronique de Lyon in 2009. The research project leading to this Master degree was carried out in the group of M.-T. Charreyre at ENS Lyon in the area of gold nanoparticles coated with polymer/chromophore conjugates for potential application in cancer treatment. During her subsequent PhD under the guidance of Professor K. Müllen at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP) in Mainz she developed amphiphilic hexaphenylbenzene and hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene derivatives and studied their self-assembly, during which she was awarded a competitive PhD fellowship of the German Association of the Chemical Industry. In 2014 she worked as a postdoc at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel in the group of Professor Jacob Klein, funded by a Dean of Faculty Fellowship of the Weizmann Institute of Science. She investigated normal and shear forces with the surface force balance. In September 2014, she became a project leader at the MPIP in the department of Professor K. Müllen. Since January 2017, she has a shared project leader position in the group of Professor Weil and Professor Fytas.

Research Interests

Her current scientific interests include the synthesis and study of amphiphilic molecules. DLS opens access to sizes and shapes of aggregates in solution. In particular, various anisotropic objects will be in the focus to gain a deeper fundamental understanding of the structure-property relationship. Additionally, she works on carbon nanomembranes prepared with various small molecules for gas separation and water purification.

More about Katrin Wunderlich and her research project here.

Selected publications:

K. Wunderlich, K. Müllen, G. Fytas. „Shape persistence in polymers and supramolecular assemblies” In Conjugated Polymers and Oligomers: Structural and Soft Matter Aspects, (Edited by M. Knaapila), World Scientific, 1-28 (2017).

A. Pipertzis, G. Zardalidis, K. Wunderlich, M. Klapper, K. Müllen, G. Floudas. „Ionic Conduction in Poly(ethylene glycol)-Functionalized Hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene Amphiphiles” Macromolecules 50, 5, 1981-1990 (2017).

J. Marakis, K. Wunderlich, M. Klapper, D. Vlassopoulos, G. Fytas, K. Müllen. „Strong Physical Hydrogels from Fibrillar Supramolecular Assemblies of Poly(ethylene glycol) Functionalized Hexaphenylbenzenes” Macromolecules 49, 9, 3516-3525 (2016).

K. Wunderlich, A. Gölzhäuser, M. Klapper, K. Müllen. „Self-assembly of polyaromatic precursors for 1D and 2D carbon structures” ACS Symp. Ser. 1173, 1-16 (2014).

K. Wunderlich, C. Grigoriadis, G. Zardalidis, M. Klapper, R. Graf, H.-J. Butt, K. Müllen, G. Floudas. „Poly(ethylene glycol)-Functionalized Hexaphenylbenzenes as Unique Amphiphiles: Supramolecular Organization and Ion Conductivity” Macromolecules 47, 16, 5691-5702 (2014).

K. Wunderlich, A. Larsen, J. Marakis, G. Fytas, M. Klapper, K. Müllen. „Controlled Hydrogel Fiber Formation: The Unique Case of Hexaphenylbenzene-Poly(ethylene glycol) Amphiphiles" Small 10, 10, 1914-1919 (2014).


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