Andrij Pich was appointed the Lichtenberg Professor for Functional and Interactive Polymers at RWTH Aachen University with Volkswagen Foundation Sponsorship. He and his group are located at the DWI Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials. He leads a group of more than 25 members. Among them are chemists, physicists and material scientists.
Pich´s group has expertise in chemical design of functional water-soluble and amphiphilic polymers and polymer colloids with controlled chemical structure, architecture and morphology. The group has experience in synthesis of functional molecular building blocks such as monomers, macromonomers and prepolymers for controlled design of polymers and colloids via polymerization reactions in homogeneous or heterophase systems, by precipitation polymerization and microfluidic reaction technology. A special focus is on the development of reactive polymers, responsive nanogels, multicompartment and biohybrid particles.
The research is focused on chemical design of functional aqua-based polymers and colloids that are used as building blocks for design of interactive materials. A special emphasis is on the development of responsive nanogels, multicompartment and biohybrid particles.
Obtained functional polymers and colloids are used for the generation of interactive materials like switchable catalyst carriers, theranostic agents, capsules with controlled permeability, nanofibres for accelerated wound healing, anti-bacterial implant coatings and printed flexible conducting films.
DWI - Leibniz-Institut für Interaktive Materialien
at the RWTH Aachen University
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