The Soft Matter Synthesis Laboratory (SML) is a synthetic platform (founded in 2011) of the BioInterfaces Technology and Medicine Programme (BIFTM Programme ). It is located in Building 601 at the Campus North of the KIT.
The SML consists of a pool of competence in chemistry, including Polymer Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Materials Chemistry, 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 main goal of the Soft Matter Synthesis Laboratory 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 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 above shows several examples of functionalized organic linkers, which are the basis material for the growth of highly porous networks, such as Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs or SURMOFs).
Below, the left figure shows an application of such porous material as drug delivery platform, through the uptake and pH-controlled release of a cargo molecule. The right figure shows the tunable molecular separation of gas mixtures by photoswitchable nanoporous membranes (dynamic control of the selectivity).