On the 2019 Microscopy & Microanalysis conference in Portland, USA, Shen Han was rewarded the Studend Scholar Award for his contribion on “High-Contrast Imaging of Nanodiamonds in Cells by Energy filtered and Correlative Light-Electron Microscopy: Toward a Quantitative Nanoparticle-Cell Analysis”
At the Zsigmondy Colloquium 2019, which was held in Dresden, Germany from July 10-12, Henry Halim shared his work in a talk about "Water transferred semiconductor nanoplatelets as ultra-bright fluorescent probes".
Dr. Johanna Simon received the renowned Otto Hahn Award of the Max Planck Society for her dissertation on "Proteomic characterization of the biomolecular corona and its impact on targeted drug delivery via nanocarriers". The prize includes a scientific stay abroad of up to two years. Afterwards, she will be able to set up her own research group at a Max Planck Institute of her choice. The Otto Hahn Award is granted annually to a maximum of four young scientists for outstanding achievements in their dissertations. It is intended to pave the way for a long-term scientific career.
Contribution to the European Polymer Congress 2019
At the European Polymer Congress, which was held in Crete, Greece from June 9-14, 2019, Cyrine Ayed presented her work on “Visible light-promoted photocatalytic carbon-carbon double bond cleavage over conjugated microporous polymers in aqueous medium”.
Catalysis Towards Greener Chemistry
Dr. Kai Zhang was invited to give a talk on “Designing conjugated polymers for visible light-promoted heterogeneous photocatalysis” at the 2nd IMPRS-RECHARGE Symposium on “Catalysis Towards Greener Chemistry”, which was held at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung from May 20-23, 2019 in Mühlheim, Germany.
Contribution to E-MRS meeting 2019
At the E-MRS spring meeting 2019, which was held in Nice, France from May 27-31, Rebecca Momper shared her work in a talk about "Kinetically driven self-assembly of semiconductor nanoplatelets".
We are happy that our recent article about "Prevention of Dominant IgG Adsorption on Nanocarriers in IgG-enriched Blood Plasma by Clusterin Precoating" by Domenik Prozeller et al. is featured on the back cover of Advanced Science.
Presentations at the ACS spring meeting 2019
Two of our group members contributed to the ACS spring meeting, which was held in Orlando, Florida from March 31 - April 4, 2019: Marie-Luise Frey gave a talk about "Glycodendron modified HES nanocapsules for targeting of dendritic cells" and Tassilo Gleede talked about "Living anionic polymerization of aziridines tolerates water and gives fast access to amphiphilic multi-block copolymers".
Our article titled ‘Fully degradable protein nanocarriers by orthogonal photoclick tetrazole/ene chemistry for the encapsulation and release’ has been selected to be a part of the first Horizons Community Board online article collection on nanobiomedicine.
Contribution in "Vielfältige Physik"
Katharina Landfester contributed with the chapter "Introduction to biophysics and medical physics" to the book "Vielfältige Physik" ("Diverse Physics"). In this book more than 30 female scientists in physics and chemistry provide surprising insights into their current research, vividly explain complex facts and make newly discovered phenomena of modern physics understandable.
Dr. Kai Zhang has been appointed to Associate Editor by the journal Polymer International (Wiley-VCH).
Book contribution in "Biological Responses to Nanoscale Particles"
In the book "Biological Responses to Nanoscale Particles: Molecular and Cellular Aspects and Methodological Approaches", our group has two contributions: Banu Iyisan and Katharina Landfester wrote the chapter about "Polymeric Nanoparticles" and Lorna Moll and Volker Mailänder about "Nanocarriers and Immune Cells".
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.
C. T. J. Ferguson, N. Huber, K. Landfester, K. A. I. Zhang