The Soft Matter Synthesis Lab is a new synthetic platform (2011), which is located in the IBG 1 as a part of the BioInterfaces Program (BIF Program ). It consists of a pool of competence in chemistry, including Polymer Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Materials Chemistry, respectively, underpinned by the expertise of Prof. C. Barner-Kowollik (MacroArc ), Prof. S. Bräse (Institute of Organic Chemistry ) and Prof. J. Lahann (Institute of Functional Interfaces ). The Soft Matter Synthesis Lab is a synthetic platform, whose main goal is to intellectually and experimentally support projects at the interface of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The activities of the laboratory thus span the development of novel synthetic strategies, advanced materials design as well as optimization studies and on-demand synthesis within the BIF program.
The left figure below shows the controlled cell adhesion on poly(dopamine) interfaces which were photo-patterned with non-fouling brushes. The right figure shows the controlled synthesis of protein resistant PHEMA brushes via RAFT polymerization from a surface. The figure at the bottom shows several examples of functionalized organic linkers (left side), which are the basis material for the growth of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs). The compounds on the right side are involved in the subsequent functionalization of MOFs, so-called Post-Synthetic Modification.
Principal investigators: Dr. Leonie Barner / Prof. Christopher Barner-Kowollik / Prof. Stefan Bräse / Prof. Joerg Lahann
Postdoctoral Fellow: Dr. Sylvain Grosjean, Dr. Hatice Mutlu, Dr. Nicolas Zydziak
Ph.D. Student: Marcel Langer
Technical Staff: Birgit Huber