From January 1st, 2016, the SFB 'Molecular Structuring of Soft Material' will start research into the design of macromolecules. The small building blocks of macromolecules are arranged along a (one-dimensional) chain. However, their alignment in or on an (inter)phase is also of significant importance. In addition, the spatial alignment of the buildintg blocks in networks resulting in specific material properties is of significance. The function of the macromolecular materials is primarily determined by their molecular structure as well as their special arrangement and linkage. This molecular structure can be the sequence of the small building blocks along the chain, the uniformity of the chain-length ensemble or the degree of branching within the macromolecule. The precise placement of functionalities along the chain can determine and regulate the behavior of the chain in solution – the so-called coiling behavior. Surfaces can consist of repeating units or be decorated with macromolecules, which impart specific function to the surface. In a network, the complex properties of the resulting material are determined by the length of the single mesh or by the sequence of the building blocks of functionalities. The Cooperative Research Centre 1176 has the aim – within the scope of defined and well-founded problems – to synthesize polymeric materials with a so far unmatched degree of structural control in three dimensions. In doing so, the targeted molecular and precise control of a defined function or the access to a novel macromolecular class of materials will be established. The focus on the molecular structure of soft materials by a dimensional organizing principle – determining the function – opens the possibility to classify the synthetic challenges as well as to transfer the scientific findings from one to another dimension.
Welcome to the SFB "Molecular Structuring of Soft Matter"
SFB 1176 in motion
The team of Christopher Barner-Kowollik within the SFB1176 (project A3) recently published a paper in Nature Communications on photochemically-driven sequence-defined polymer synthesis entitled "Coding and Decoding Libraries of Sequence Defined Functional Copolymers Synthesized via Photoligation". Check out the KIT's press release on this hot paper by clicking on the link below.KIT press information
The third workshop of the Graduate School of the SFB 1176 will take place on 29.-31. March, 2017 in Trifels near Annweiler. Attendence of all members of the Graduate School is mandatory.
SFB 1176 excursion to Münzing Chemie GmbH in Abstatt/Heilbronn on November 7th, 2016 with talks from the company, Prof. Meier, and a tour through the production and lab facilities.
Prof. Christopher Barner-Kowollik - founding speaker of the SFB 1176 - together with Prof. Martin Bastmeyer and Prof. Martin Wegener has received the Erwin Schrödinger Award for Specifically Designed Petri Dishes.
The three KIT scientists received the award worth EUR 50,000 for their interdisciplinary research on three-dimensional cell culturing.Link_more
The SFB 1176 and KIT students visited the ARLANXEO NBR emulsion rubber plant in La Wantzenau on September, 21st, 2016. We would like to thank Dr. Sven Brandau and his colleagues for organizing everything.
The Graduate School of the SFB 1176 will travel to the Julius Kühn-Institute (JKI) in Siebeldingen on September 27th, 2016. A guided tour through the labs and cellar of the institute and talks on analytical NMR of complex mixtures are planned. All members of the Graduate School are encouraged to participate.JKI Siebeldingen
The second workshop of the Graduate School of the SFB 1176 took place on 8.-9. September, 2016 in Bad Herrenalb (which is situated near Karlsruhe at the edge of the Black Forest). Attendence of all members of the Graduate School was mandatory.
The speaker of the SFB 1176, Prof. Christopher Barner-Kowollik, and Dr. Leonie Barner have both accepted professorial positions at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, starting in April 2017. We congratulate them both and wish them all the best for their continuing academic career. A/Prof. Barner and Prof. Barner-Kowollik will continue to hold fractional appointments at the KIT and lead their SFB projects. From 1st of August 2016 on, Prof. Michael Meier will be the speaker of the SFB 1176.
Der Sprecher der SFB 1176, Herr Prof. Dr. Barner-Kowollik, und Frau Dr. Leonie Barner haben beide einen Ruf an die Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australien angenommen. Wir gratulieren ganz herzlich und wünschen beiden auf dem eingeschlagenen beruflichen Weg weiterhin viel Erfolg. Die weitere Kooperation und die Fortführung aller betroffener Projekte durch Frau Barner und Herrn Barner-Kowollik ist gesichert. Mit dem Wechsel verbunden übernahm zum 1.8.2016 Herr Prof. Dr. Michael Meier die Sprecherschaft des SFB 1176.
The "Development Program for High Potentials in Chemistry" of the SFB 1176 has started with 11 participants. Read more ...
The office of the SFB1176 is now located in the CFN-building, room 118. The new phone is -45804.
The first workshop of the Graduate School of the SFB 1176 will be held on March 31st and April 1st, 2016 in Bad Herrenalb (which is situated near Karlsruhe at the edge of the Black Forest). Attendence of all members of the Graduate School is mandatory.
The establishment of the SFB 1176 'Molecular Structuring of Soft Matter' and its scientific programme and aims have been featured in the KIT-News in November 2015. Please click on the link to watch the video.Link_more
The Helmholtz Association has selected Dr. Manuel Tsotsalas to receive a Helmholtz Young Investigators Group. With an annual funding of €250,000 for the next five years, he can now establish and manage his own research group focusing on the topic of "hierarchically structured polymers / biomaterials".Link_more