The research aim is the control of nanostructure and morphology of polymers in solids and on the surface by means of chemistry and polymer synthesis strategy as well as understanding of the resulting macroscopic characteristics.
Synthesis of nanostructured block copolymers
- Controlled synthesis of nanophase-separated di- and triblock copolymers, segmented block copolymers and graft copolymers, partially with inline monitoring
- Examination of nanophase separation supported by mean field modelling
- Investigation of the influence of nanophase separation on macroscopic properties, particularly wettability: The macroscopic wetting behaviour of polymers determines significantly the applicability in microelectronics, nanolithography, as templates, etc.
Polymers with specific surface characteristics
- Application of demixing concepts on the nanometer scale:
- nanophase separation in block- and graft copolymers
- surface segregation
to develop polymers with specific surface characteristics
- laterally demixed polymers
Nanocomposites and nanohybrids
- Development of designed polymers with high polarity to enhance the interaction between object and polymer matrix (phase adhesion) polymer hybrids and composites
- Chemical modification of inorganic nanoobjects and fillers
- Synthesis of additives for multifunctional nanocomposites and nanohybrids with tailor-made properties, such as optical and electrical characteristics