Often inspired by biology and combining advanced synthetic methods with concepts from supramolecular chemistry, research at LP focuses on the development of novel advanced polymeric materials with potential applications in optics, electronics or medicine. Our research philosophy is that precise control over nanoscale structure is an important prerequisite to tailor polymer properties. To this end, we follow a “bottom-up” approach, which starts with designing a new material at the molecular level, in order to be able to predict and control its nanoscale organization. For synthesis, a broad range of methods, including both controlled / “living” polymerization methodologies as well as automated parallel synthesis is used. Finally, for example, scattering techniques or microscopy methods and correlated to macroscopic materials properties. In this way, we try to develop structure – property relationships that should ultimately allow a priori design of new materials with predictable nanoscale structure and macroscopic properties.
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