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Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry

Devision Polymer Chemistry

Engesserstr. 18
D-76128 Karlsruhe

Prof. Dr. M. Wilhelm 
Bldg. 11.23, Room 310
Tel.+49 721/608 - 43151
Prof. Dr. C. Barner-Kowollik
Bldg. 11.23, Room 312
Tel.+49 721/608 - 45642

Welcome to the polymer chemistry

The polymer chemistry is part of the Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry and consists of two research groups. The research in the professorship "polymeric materials" is focused on the characterization and on the optimization of application properties of polymeric materials. The professorship "preparative macromoleculare chemistry" (New Field Group) works on the improvement of polymerization and synthesis of polymers. The expertise of both groups is used to develop new polymeric materials by use of funktionalized polymers with known topology or self organising supramolecular structures.


Research Groups 


Prof. Wilhelm
Polymeric Materials
Prof. Barner-Kowollik
Preparative Macromolecular Chemistry

The resarch interests focus on method development in rheology, specifically "FT-Rheology" and the rheological characterization of polymeric materials. One special topic in this field is the influence of different topologies on the rheological characteristics of polymers. Therefore, Anionic synthesis of defined topologies is a fundament of our scientific work.
Other areas of interest are low-field nmr and novel detection systems for size exclusion chromatographie.

The group's research areas range from living free (radical) polymerization methods ((ATRP, NMP, ESCP, RAFT, NMP, TKMP, ROP, ROMP) and the design of complex macromolecular architectures to mass spectrometric studies on polymer systems. An important focus is on the development of novel controlling protocols as well as modular orthogonal conjugation chemistries applied to macromolecular construction. The synthetic efforts are ultimately directed at the generation of nano- and micro-structured functional soft matter materials. Further research areas include reaction mechanisms and kinetics.