Thermoplastic elastomers are the most important and widely used polymeric materials to date. We are exploring novel synthetic pathways to afford a more practical and easier access to functionalized and specialized thermoplastics. This research effort involves the investigation of the photoactivation of metal organic catalysts with a variety of monomers also in combination with other known polymerization pathways.
Biocompatible materials with tailored functions, biological responses and mechanical properties are investigated. The project involves the investigation of novel polymeric building blocks that are combined with self-assembled materials.
Nanoparticles are important building blocks towards the development of nanomedical approaches to treat cardiovascular disease and to target areas of inflammation to release suitable therapeutics. Our long standing effort in this area has led us to develop the second generation of nanosponge materials in a more effective synthetic pathway.
Photoactivation of crosslinking units in nanonetworks allows for the incorporation of monomers into existing nanoparticle systems to incorporate linear co- and block polymers. One particle is only necessary to enable the production of a diverse set of particles with desired functionalities and dimensions.