Our research is focused on the development of polymerization techniques to make specialized polymer materials with applications in industry and the biomedical field.

The discovery of the Metal-Organic Insertion/ Light Initiated Radical Polymerization (MILRad) allows us to design distinct block copolymer architectures with selected functionalities in a one-pot process guided by light irradiation. It is possible to polymerize for the first time olefines and acrylates together in a one-step process.  It will be our goal to explore the MILRad polymerization with a variety of monomer combinations and catalytic systems to develop specialized thermoplastics.

A long standing interest in the area of biomaterials in our group has let us to explore hydrogel materials with unique mechanical properties which we develop with collaborators in Europe and the US.

We are active in the area of nanomaterials for drug delivery applications for the last 10 years and further develop our patented nanosponge technology to a second generation nanosponge material. Furthermore, photocatalytic processes allow us to probe deeper into functional expandable nanomaterials that are generated from one parent particle system. This technology affords nanomaterial size expansions, the integration of functional groups and other entities together with polymer linear and branched chains.

February 23, 2021
Our MILRad mechanism paper was featured in Synfacts in the Category Synthesis of Materials and Unnatural Products👏😁
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February 05, 2021
Eva gave virtual seminar at Brown University. Thank you for the invitation!
January 10, 2021
Valentin touched down into Houston with a last minute NIE approval👍. Welcome to the US and the group.
December 29, 2020
We wish all our friends, supporters, reviewers, editors a Happy New Year 🙂 Best wishes from the Harth Group!
December 19, 2020
Estela’s drug delivery paper was published today in the European Polymer Journal. First polymeric formaldehyde- DOX delivery system. Congratulations!!
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