Bioactive and responsive Polymers
Research topics of the department "Bioactive and Responsive Polymers" are the development of multifunctional and bioactive carrier systems as well multicompartment systems based on hydrogels, polymeric vesicles and dendritic structures. Water-soluble polymers will be integrated in bioactive supramolecular structures with defined size dimensions ranging from several nanometers up to sub-micrometer. Furthermore, complexation and interaction processes of responsive polymers, using them as carrier systems or polymeric vesicles, are also investigated. Theoretical calculation and molecular modelling will be used to evaluate complexation processes with metal ions and analytes, but also interactions with peptides.
Moreover, hydrogels are established in the field of biosensoric devices, diagnostic, actuators and microfluidic. Especially, we are interested in using mono- and bi-responsive hydrogels for the microsystem technique. In line with this, responsive polymers are applied for polymer thin film technology or patterned objects on surfaces to evaluate their functional characteristics for above mentioned research topics.