Welcome to the department of Prof. Katharina Landfester

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.


Highlight Publications

Kinetic Control over Self-Assembly of Semiconductor Nanoplatelets
Rebecca Momper, Heng Zhang, Shuai Chen, Henry Halim, Ewald Johannes, Stoyan Yordanov, Daniele Braga, Balthasar Blülle, David Doblas, Tobias Kraus, Mischa Bonn, Hai I. Wang, and Andreas Riedinger
Nano Letters, 2020, doi:10.1021/acs.nanolett.9b05270

© MPIP
A bio-orthogonal functionalization strategy for site-specific coupling of antibodies on vesicle surfaces after self-assembly

A bio-orthogonal functionalization strategy for site-specific coupling of antibodies on vesicle surfaces after self-assembly

Gai, M.; Simon, J.; Lieberwirth, I.; Mailänder, V.; Morsbach, S.; Landfester, K.
Polymer Chemistry 11 (2), pp. 527 - 540 (2020) - Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators Issue 2020

© The Royal Society of Chemistry 2020
Heterogeneous photoredox flow chemistry for the scalable organosynthesis of fine chemicals
Can Yang, Run Li, Kai A.I. Zhang, Wei Lin, Katharina Landfester, Xinchen Wang
Nature Commun. 2020, 11, 1239

© MPIP
Dispersible porous classical polymer photocatalysts for visible light-mediated production of pharmaceutically relevant compounds in multiple solvents
Calum T. J. Ferguson, Niklas Huber, Thomas Kuckhoff, Kai A. I. Zhang, Katharina Landfester
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020, 8, 1072–1076

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Polymer-Based Module for NAD+ Regeneration with Visible Light
Beatriz C. Ma, Lucas Caire da Silva, Seong-Min Jo, Frederik R. Wurm, Markus B. Bannwarth, Kai A. I. Zhang, Kai Sundmacher, Katharina Landfester
ChemBioChem, 2019, 20, 2593 – 2596

© 2019 Wiley‐VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
High-Contrast Imaging of Nanodiamonds in Cells by Energy Filtered and Correlative Light-Electron Microscopy: Toward a Quantitative Nanoparticle-Cell Analysis
Shen Han, Marco Raabe, Lorna Hodgson, Judith Mantell, Paul Verkade, Theo Lasser, Katharina Landfester, Tanja Weil, and Ingo Lieberwirth
Nano Letters, 2019, 19, 3, 2178-2185

© 2019 American Chemical Society
Protein deglycosylation can drastically affect the cellular uptake
A. Ghazaryan, K. Landfester, V. Mailänder
Nanoscale 2019, 11, 10727-10737

© The Royal Society of Chemistry 2019
Dual-Responsive Photocatalytic Polymer Nanogels
C. T. J. Ferguson, N. Huber, K. Landfester, K. A. I. Zhang
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2019, 58, 10567-10571

© 2019 Wiley‐VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Shaping the Assembly of Superparamagnetic Nanoparticles
M. Hu, H.-J. Butt, K. Landfester, M. B. Bannwarth, S. Wooh, H. Thérien-Aubin
ACS Nano 2019 13, 3, 3015-3022

© 2019 American Chemical Society
Targeted Drug Delivery in Plants: Enzyme-Responsive Lignin Nanocarriers for the Curative Treatment of the Worldwide Grapevine Trunk Disease Esca
J. Fischer, S. Beckers, D. Yiamsawas, E. Thines, K. Landfester, F. R. Wurm
Adv. Sci. 2019, 6, 1802315

© 2019 The Authors. Published by WILEY‐VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Prevention of Dominant IgG Adsorption on Nanocarriers in IgG-Enriched Blood Plasma by Clusterin Precoating
D. Prozeller, J. Pereira, J. Simon, V. Mailänder, S. Morsbach, K. Landfester
Adv. Sci., 2019, 6, 1802199

© 2019 The Authors. Published by WILEY‐VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

Media

The guest commentary by Prof. Katharina Landfester on "Chemistry of colours" at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt is now online.

Science meets art

The guest commentary by Prof. Katharina Landfester on "Chemistry of colours" at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt is now online.
Talkshow and documentary about plastics
Prof. Katharina Landfester had a TV show appearance at 3Sat Scobel. more
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