Supramolecular and block (co-)polymers in a different light

Polymers are an ubiquitous building block for hierarchically structured materials. We use co-assembly of supramolecular and ionic-neutral (co-)polymers as a tool to engineer complex functional and responsive superstructures. We also investigate how supramolecular polymers form, how they disintegrate, how we can tune their size, shape, flexibility, abundance, and how we can control their self-organization into single chain polymeric nanoparticles (SCPNs), bundles and (hydro)gels.

Current interests

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  • Biomimetic polymer materials
  • Polyurethane ionomers
  • Polyelectrolyte assembly
  • Conjugated polyelectrolytes
  • Supramolecular polymers
  • Single chain polymeric nanoparticles (SCPNs)
  • Protein liquids
  • Hydrogels
  • Scattering tools to probe copolymer assembly