Dr. habil. Alla Synytska (GoogleScholar) is Head of Research Group "Functional Particles and Interfaces" at the IPF Dresden and Privat Dozent at the Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden). The Synytska group has strong areas of expertise and competences in physical chemistry of polymers, colloids and interfaces. This includes controlled modification of interfaces with responsive and adaptive polymer brushes, soft polymeric-based and hybrid organic-inorganic colloids with chemical and geometrical anisotropy, physical-chemical evaluation of their properties and self-assembly behavior in volume and interfaces, and fundamental understanding of correlations between macroscopic interfacial phenomena and their molecular origins. The obtained fundamental knowledge is transposed to the development of strategies for rational design of polymeric- and hybrid materials with controlled adhesion properties in complex environments (wet, underwater, icy) for soft matter adhesives and coatings as well as controlled interfacial activity and assembly for catalysis. Our innovative research program embraces both basic- and application-oriented projects.