In the last few weeks, we got good news concerning contributions to conferences: a poster for the 7. Jahrestreffen der Seniorexperten Chemie in Weimar (02-04.05) as well as my oral contribution for the Bordeaux Polymer Conference (28-31.05) have been accepted!
We are happy to welcome Maelle Lages, master student at the Graduate School of Chemistry, Biology and Physics of Bordeaux (ENSCBP) / Bordeaux Institute of Technology (Bordeaux INP), who just started her master thesis in our group on "UCST-type thermoresponsive nano/microgels as cytoskeleton biomimics". Somehow, accidentally, now more than half of the group members are French ;-)
I will be visiting researcher/guest professor during the next two and half months in the group of Dr. Laurent Bouteiller, University Pierre and Marie Curie (UMPC), Institut Parisien de Chimie Moléculaire (IPCM), Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymères (LCP), Paris, France. I will be back in the lab (...) and am really happy about this opportunity to work with isocyanate chemistry aiming at the design of novel bis-ureas.
The DPG (German Physical Society) Frühjahrstagung (Spring Meeting) of the Condensed Matter Section (SKM) already starts tomorrow in Berlin (11-16.03.2018)! I am really glad to have the opportunity to present our work about UCST-type thermoresponsive polymers in the focus session "Polymers in Multi-Compartment and Aqueous Solutions" organised by Jens-Uwe Sommer and Debashish Mukherji (Division Chemical and Polymer Physics): "Upper Critical Solution Temperature (UCST)-type thermoresponsive polymers from hydrogen bonding monomers".
It was a pleasure and a privilege to attend this week the Chemiedozententagung 2018 in Jena (05-07.03) and give a talk in front of other group leaders, peers and renowed professors from all fields of chemistry working in Germany.
Our review entitled "Hybrid silicon-based organic/inorganic block copolymers with sol-gel active moieties: Synthetic advances, self-assembly and applications in biomedicine and material science" by Sebastian and myself has just been published in its final version in Chemistry - A European Journal! Thanks to the talent of Sebastian for drawing comics we have a very nice frontispiece but you should also check out the science ;-)
We are happy to welcome Phu Tran, Master student in Chemistry at FU Berlin, who just started her advanced lab in our group on "Synthesis, hydrolytic stability and self-assembly in solution of hybrid organic/inorganic block copolymers" under the supervision of Sebastian.
We are really glad that our work in cooperation with Debashish Mukherji (MPIP) and Tiago Espinosa de Oliveira (MPIP/ICS) on the UCST-type thermoresponsive behaviour of polyacrylamide in water/alcohol mixtures has just been published in Soft Matter! They carried out molecular dynamics simulations to back up our experiments: what a nice collaboration between experimental chemists and physicists doing simulations! This can be read in "Polyacrylamide “revisited”: UCST-type reversible thermoresponsive properties in aqueous alcoholic solutions".
I have the honor this year to be a speaker of the conference "Makromolekulares Kolloquium 2018" in Freiburg (21-23.02.2018). The focus of this year´s conference is "Far-From-Equilibrium Macromolecular Systems" and in this context I will talk about "Building macromolecular mimetics of cell constituents".
Asad defended today his doctoral thesis entitled "Thermoresponsive polymers and hybrid nanoparticles for sensing applications" with honours (Magna Cum Laude). Asad, you did a great job so congratulations! I must say that its is also a special day for me and I am really proud of him as he is the first Doktorand from my group to defend his doctoral thesis, and it is never easy to be the first. Soon we can call you Doktor, Asad :-)
During the next two months I will be visiting researcher/guest professor in the group of Dr. Jean-François Lutz, Institut Charles Sadron (ICS), Precision Macromolecular Chemistry, Strasbourg, France, working with sequence-controlled polyphosphodiesters. I am really excited to get familiar with the synthesis of these sequence defined polymers in the lab!
We are happy to welcome Antoine Franc, who just started his PhD in our group on "Novel vesicles and thermoresponsive nano/micro gels as components of artificial cells via micromixer technology". Antoine graduated from Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University (UPMC) and Chimie ParisTech, Paris, France.
What a great opportunity to have been invited as speaker for the 11th Young Scientists‘ Workshop of the Fraunhofer ICT-IMM in Mainz! A big thanks to Michael Maskos and the three PhD students organizing it: Abdulkader, Helen and Jonas. As usual a very intense and rewarding workshop about various aspects of chemistry and microfluidics combined.
Congrats to Vahid, who succesfully defended his master thesis today! All the best for your future endeavours!
It was a pleasure and a privilege to attend this week the Bioorganik 2017 – 26th Symposium "Bioorganic Chemistry" for young researchers. Thanks to Johannes Teichert and Philipp Heretsch for the great organisation and to all the participants for the friendly atmosphere and the nice scientific talks and discussions.
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...
Our first review article on the topic of vesicles has just been published online "Vesicles from amphiphilic dumbbells and Janus dendrimers: Bioinspired self-assembled structures for biomedical applications" in the journal Polymers (invited review in special issue "Bio-inspired and Bio-based Polymers").
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 30 April 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.
Our work on a new thermoresponsive polymer based on a supramolecular motif presenting a UCST type behaviour in water/alcohol mixtures has just been accepted for publication in Polymer Chemistry. We are really excited about this topic, which represents a new line of research for the group!
The work in cooperation with the group of Andreas Taubert (University of Potsdam) based on our first dendritic amphiphile entitled "A dendritic amphiphile for efficient control of biomimetic calcium phosphate mineralization" has just been published online in Macromolecular Bioscience. Congratulations to Soraya and thanks to Doreen, Andreas and all the cooperation partners for this nice work!
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".
Our second article on the topic of UCST-type polymers "Dielectric analysis of the Upper-Critical-Solution-Temperature behaviour of a poly(acrylamide-co-acrylonitrile) copolymer system in water" is now published online in Soft Matter. Congratulations to Asad for this very nice work and thanks for a nice collaboration to Andreas Schönhals!
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".
Our first article on the topic of UCST-type polymers "Phase transition and aggregation behaviour of an UCST-type copolymer poly(acrylamide-co-acrylonitrile) in water: Effect of acrylonitrile content, concentration in solution, copolymer chain length and presence of electrolyte" has been recently published in Soft Matter and is now in open access. Congratulations to Asad for this very nice work!
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".
Our paper reporting the tuning of the surface of nanoparticles and the impact of poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) on protein adsorption in serum and cellular uptake has just been published in Macromolecular Bioscience. Congratulations to Olga and thanks to our cooperation partners and their team, Michael Maskos and Roland Stauber!
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 with improved mechanical properties".
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!
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.
Our paper reporting the temperature-triggered protein adsorption on polymer-coated nanoparticles in serum has just been published in Langmuir. Congratulations to Olga and thanks to our cooperation partners and their team, Michael Maskos and Roland Stauber!
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.