Polymeric (Nano)Materials for Biotechnology and Biology
Group Leader: Prof. Dr. Guillaume Delaittre
tel.: +49 202 439 2535
The team is now located at the University of Wuppertal (Bergische Universität Wuppertal)!
We used to be based at the KIT Campus North and funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research, jointly hosted by the Institute of Toxicology and Genetics (now Institute of Biological and Chemical Systems) and the Institute of Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry.
We aim at developing novel hybrid nanostructured surfaces and colloids by combining polymers and various biomolecules. We use organic chemistry (basic, modular ligations, photochemistry), modern techniques of macromolecular engineering (e.g., activation-deactivation radical polymerization, living ring-opening polymerization), modification of biomolecules (peptide synthesis, protein modification), and self-assembly principles to achieve our aims. We seek fundamental understanding or applications in the areas of protein-protein interaction, biocatalysis, and targeted delivery.
We are also very interested in novel water-soluble biocompatible polymers, advanced photochemical nanopatterning techniques, and macromolecules and materials that can be chemically or conformationally re-arrange following stimulation by light, temperature, or pH. We work in close collaboration with other chemists but also with biologists, physicists, and engineers.
For an overview of past and current projects, please refer to the Research section and the Publications section.