Polymers and Materials with defined Architecture
The synthesis of block copolymers (BCPs) based on commercially available monomers is one of the most promising ways to get new polymer functional materials. BCPs enable the synthesis of materials for a variety of special applications by variation of composition, length and sequence of the building blocks thus yielding special supramolecular structures and polymer architectures. Current projects in this field concern BCPs for drug delivery.
Additive Manufacturing Technology (AMT) is a perfect tool to get materials with a defined material architecture in the sub-micrometer to millimeter scale. There is a strong collaboration with Jürgen Stampfl‘s AMT group, where the chemists provide new monomers and photoinitiators for different light-based AMT technologies.