The first week of September will be pretty busy and will be more of a "spanish week" for me as I will attend the 31st conference of The European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS 2017) in Madrid presenting a poster about our latest work on polyacrylamide-based homo- and copolymers as UCST polymers. Just after I will participate to the 6th Annual workshop on biomaterials and their interactions with biological and model membranes 2017 in Altafulla as invited speaker for presenting the topic of self-assembled vesicles from Janus dendrimers via microfluidics. I am really excited about these two events!
I recently attended the 10th International Dendrimer Symposium (IDS10) in Weihai, China, where I presented some of our work on Janus dendrimers and their self-assembly. It was a really interesting conference, I had the opportunity to meet brilliant former coworkers and people in the field of dendrimer synthesis and of course to get a taste of chinese food and culture.
After his bachelor thesis, Daniel is back in our group for an internship of three months. We are really glad to have him back! especially that he´s working on a topic soon to be published...
I have the pleasure to have been invited to be guest editor of a special issue about "Temperature-Responsive Polymers" in the journal Materials. We are looking for contributions to this special issue so do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are welcome.The submission deadline is 1 March 2018.
I am currently attending the European Polymer Federation Congress 2017 (EPF 2017) in Lyon, France, which has this year as main topic "From last trends in polymer science to cutting-edge industrial innovations". This is so far an exciting conference and a great meeting point for academia and industry! I will give an oral presentation tomorrow about "Functional thermoresponsive polymers based on 2,6-diaminopyridine with tunable UCST behavior" and hope to foster with it further scientific exchange.
Last week was a very busy week in Mainz! Asad and I attended the symposium on the occasion of Prof. Axel H. E. Müller´s 70th birthday " From macromolecular engineering to multicompartment colloids and nanostructured materials", where we could attend the talks of renowned speakers. We also attended the CECAM workshop about soft smart responsive materials, where we presented the latest results of the group about the UCST thermoresponsive behaviour of acrylamide-based polymers.
Daniel has succesfully defended his bachelor thesis yesterday entitled: Hybrid Anorganisch/Organisch Blockcopolymeren via RAFT-Polymerisation und Sol-Gel Glas Funktionalisierung. Congratulations Daniel, we hope to have you again soon in the group for an internship.
Sebastian C. will attend the conference "6. Berliner Chemie Symposium (BCS)", which will take place in Berlin on April 6th. He will present his work as poster contribution: "Synthesis of hybrid inorganic/organic homopolymers via ATRP and RAFT: A practical comparison". We hope that it will lead to a fruitful exchange with other PhD students in chemistry!
The DPG (German Physical Society) Frühjahrstagung (Spring Meeting) of the Condensed Matter Section (SKM) starts already in two days in Dresden (19-24.03.2017)! It is the first time that we will present our work in front of a physicists audience and we are looking forward to their feedback. I will present two posters about UCST-type polymers in the Division Chemical and Polymer Physics: "Temperature sensitive aggregation behavior of poly(acrylamide-co-acrylonitrile) in water" and "Functional polymer based on 2,6-diaminopridine with tunable UCST behaviour in water/alcohol mixture".
We are currently attending the 5th International Conference on Multifunctional, Hybrid and Nanomaterials in Lisbon Portugal (06-10.03.2017). I will give a talk about "Bioinpisred hybrid organic-inorganic copolymers" (Sebastian C. & Sebastian H.´s topic) and Asad will present two posters about "Switching of nanoparticles' fluorescence between "ON" and "OFF" states by a thermoresponsive polymeric layer" and his most recent work on UCST-type copolymers "Functional polymer based on 2,6-diaminopridine with tunable UCST behaviour in water/alcohol mixture".
We are happy to welcome Daniel Braatz, Bachelor student in Chemistry at FU Berlin, who just started his Bachelor Thesis in our group on "Hybrid organic-inorganic copolymers via RAFT polymerization" as a continuation of Jan´s previous work.
Most of the group members, namely Asad, Sebastian C., Sebastian H. and myself attended the conference "Makromolekulares Kolloquium 2017" in Freiburg: 15-17.02.2017. The focus of this year´s conference was "Engineering functional macromolecular interfaces". Asad presented his work in the form of a poster contribution entitled "Thermoresponsive layer switches "On" and "Off" fluorescence in a core/shell/shell nanoparticle".
Thanks to the all team for this great team day spent at the "Escape game" "Big Bang theory"!
After having done his "advanced lab" in our group, Vahid, Master Student in the Master of Polymer Science program between FU / HU / TU Berlin / Uni Potsdam, will join our team again to conduct his master thesis on "Novel UCST-type copolymers based on 2,6-diaminopyridine".
Jan has succesfully defended his bachelor thesis entitled: Hybrid organic-inorganic copolymers via RAFT polymerization. Congratulations to Jan from the whole team!
Asad will attend the conference "Polydays 2016: Integrating Function into Polymers", which will take place in Potsdam (uni Potsdam) from Sept. 28th-30th. He will present his work as poster contribution: "Temperature sensitive aggregation behaviour of poly(acrylamide-co-acrylonitrile)".
Soraya gave a talk today on "Microfluidic-assisted self-assembly of dendritic amphiphiles" in the frame of the the 10th Young Scientists´ Workshop at the Fraunhofer ICT–IMM in Mainz. What a great opportunity for her to give a talk among renowned speakers such as Prof. Holger Frey, Prof. Thomas Vilgis, Prof. Thorsten Röder and Prof. Thomas Walther! And thanks from my part to Prof. Michael Maskos and the organisers for the invitation and the chance to attend all these really high quality presentations of young and more established scientists.
I had the chance to present an oral contribution to the biennial meeting of the GDCh-Division of Macromolecular Chemistry with the topic of "Polymers: From structure to function" in Halle (September 11 - 13, 2016). My talk was entitled "Phase transition and aggregation behavior of thermoresponsive copolymer poly(acrylamide-co-acrylonitrile)".
Jan Potthoff, Bachelor student in Chemistry at FU Berlin just started his Bachelor Thesis in our group on "Hybrid organic-inorganic copolymers via RAFT polymerization". Welcome to Jan!
I will have the opportunity to give a talk about our work on UCST-type copolymers during the Warwick Polymer Conference 2016, which is an important event especially for the English Polymer Community (July 11th - July 14th). I am looking forward to it!
Welcome to Vahid Ahmadi Soureshjani, Master Student in the Master of Polymer Science program between FU / HU / TU Berlin / Uni Potsdam, who will be working with us for the coming 3 months for an "advanced lab". His topic: "UCST-type copolymers".
Asad and I are given the opportunity to present our work as oral presentations during the World Congress on Living Polymerizations and Polymers (LPP16) in Budapest, Hungary from 29th of May until 3rd of June. Asad will talk about "Aggregation behavior of UCST-type poly(acrylamide-co-acrylonitrile) copolymer" and I will present our latest results on "Endowing nanoparticles with orthogonal functionalities via core/shell/shell architectures".
We are happy to welcome Dr. Sebastian Hackelbusch in our team for a one year postdoc on "Bioinspired epoxy matrix-glass fiber composites".
I will have the chance to present our work as oral contributions during the ACS Spring Meeting that will be held 13-17 March 2016 in San Diego, USA: "Controlled self-assembly of dendritic amphiphiles in micromixers" (Soraya´s topic) and "Endowing nanoparticles with orthogonal functionalities via core/shell/shell architecture" (Asad´s topic).
M.Sc. Sebastian Czarnecki started today his PhD work on "Hybrid organic-inorganic copolymers for polyurethane-based composites". Welcome Sebastian and much succes with your research project!
We will present our work as poster contributions during The Macromolecular Colloquium Freiburg that will be held 24-26 February 2016: Soraya´s contribution will deal with "Microfluidic self-assembly of dendritic amphiphiles" and Asad will present his poster entitled "Endowing nanoparticles with orthogonal functionalities via a core/shell/shell architecture".
Hendrik Liebe is doing an internship in our group on the topic "Interactions of defined nucleic acid sequences with cationic dendrimers as histone mimics" since 26th of January and this for 3 months. Welcome Hendrik!
Soraya, Axel and myself attended the Kick-off Conference: "Life?" of the Volkswagen Stiftung on 17-18.12.2015 in Hannover and presented our work in form of a poster entitled "A novel synthetic vesicular cell system: Incorporation of transmembrane proteins into dendrimersomes". Such an inspiring conference!
I have just started as author for the macromolecular chemistry notice of the journal "Nachrichten aus der Chemie" of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh). My first note will be published in the December issue of this year. I am really delighted to have been given this opportunity to highlight groundbreaking works in the polymer field every month.
Yunfei has succesfully defended her master thesis entitled: Non-ionic hydrogels with positive thermoresponsivity in water and electrolyte solution. Congratulations from the whole team to Yunfei!
I had the privilege to attend the Hochschullehrernachwuchs-Workshop edition 2015 of the GDCh-Makromolekulare Chemie in Leverkusen on 28-29.09.2015. It was a really nice time thanks to the organisers of Lanxess and of the GDCh, and it was a pleasure to meet and discuss with very talented colleagues.
At the "14th Biennal International Bayreuth Polymer Symposium", which will take place in Bayreuth from Sept. 20th until Sept. 22th, our research will be represented in the form of a poster: "Thermoresponsive fluorescent hybrid core-shell-shell nanoparticles" (Topic of Asad Asadujjaman).
Our research was represented at the "GDCh-Wissenschaftsforum Chemie 2015", which took place in Dresden (30.08-02.09), in the form of a poster: "Self-assembling dendritic amphiphiles containing Newkome-type dendrons: Synthesis and aggregation in aqueous media" (Topic of Soraya Taabache).
Jason Heier, postdoctoral researcher, has joined our group and will be working on a 6 months-project entitled: Cationic dendrimers as histone mimics.
Today the kick-off meeting of the MASS minisymposia will take place in the Department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy at the FU Berlin. The goal of this event organized by the research groups Bertin / Calderon / Hedtrich / Seiffert is to promote and strengthen interdisciplinary research in the life & material sciences in the department.
Welcome to Axel Baumann, postdoctoral researcher, who will be working with us for the coming 9 months on a project of the Nanoscale Focus area. His topic: Dendrimersomes as artificial membrane-like environments for membrane proteins.
After having done her "advanced lab" in our group, Yunfei, Master Student in the Master of Polymer Science program between FU / HU / TU Berlin / Uni Potsdam, will join our team again to conduct her master thesis. Her topic: Hydrogels with fast stimulus responsiveness and superior mechanical performances based on polymers with UCST.
The all group attended the conference "Makromolekulares Kolloquium 2015" in Freiburg: 25-27.02.2015. The focus of this year´s conference was "Polymers creating a sustainable future".
Picture of some of the group members in Freiburg: Soraya, Asad and Lena
Liroy Lugasi, Master student in Chemistry at the FU Berlin, has succesfully defended her master thesis entitled: Towards low molecular weight organic gelators based on amino acids and steroids. Congratulations from the whole team to Liroy!
I have received the great news that I have been selected in the 11th Profil program, "ProFiL. Professionalization for Women in Research and Teaching: Mentoring - Training - Networking", a joint program between the three Berlin-based universities and Potsdam university aiming at promoting highly qualified scientists on their way to the professorship. Not to forget my heartfelt thanks to Prof. Brigitte Voit for being my mentor in the frame of this program. I am looking forward to start the program!
We will also present our work as poster contributions during 3INSY 2014, the 3nd International Symposium of the Collaborative Research Center 765 on "Multivalency in Chemistry and Biochemistry" that will be held 23-24 October 2014 at the FU Berlin: Soraya´s contribution will deal with "Studies on the self-assembling behavior of a new series of dendritic amphiphiles containing Newkome-type dendrons” and last but not least Aneta will present her poster entitled "Cationic dendrimers as histone mimics for gene delivery".
The all group will attend to the conference "Polydays 2014: Beyond Self Assembly - Making Polymeric Materials More Versatile", which will take place in Berlin (TU Berlin) from Sept. 30th until Oct. 2nd. Various group members will present their work as poster contribution: Aneta will show her work about "Cationic dendrimers as histone mimics for gene delivery", while Soraya will present her poster entitled “Development of a new series of dendritic amphiphiles and their self-assembling behavior”.
Welcome to Yunfei Guo, Master Student in the Master of Polymer Science program between FU / HU / TU Berlin / Uni Potsdam, who will be working with us for the coming 6 months for an "advanced lab". Her topic: Thermoresponsive core-shell silica nanoparticles for sensoric applications.