Nov. 2022 - The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved funding for our new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC 1551) "Polymer Concepts in Cellular Function" at the University of Mainz.
Links to the press releases of the DFG (DE), the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (EN) and the University of Mainz (DE).
Oct. 2022 - The application process for scholarships within our DAAD ISAP exchange programs with the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Kyushu has been opened. Students from the University of Mainz are invited to apply via the online form. Deadline is 30th November.
Sept. 2022 - Jessica is awarded a Doctoral Scholarship of the Stiftung des Deutschen Volkes.
Sept. 2022 - Our International Study and Training Partnership (ISAP) with the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been running successfully fore more than 40 years, and has recently been highlighted by the DAAD, including interviews with Jessica Erlenbusch (Mainz-UMass alumna from 2019/20), Barbara Fehser (project assistant, JGU Mainz) and Pol Besenius (project coordinator, JGU Mainz).
Link to the online article (DE).
Jun. 2022 - Thomas Hermans (Université de Strasbourg, Mercator Fellow of the GRK 2516) and Pol Besenius received the 'Prix Forcheurs Jean-Marie Lehn 2022' from Anne-Marie Descôtes (Ambassador of France to Germany) and Prof. J.-M. Lehn. (Nobel laureate, ISIS Strasbourg), and had a very enjoyable evening at the Embassy of France in Berlin. Vielen Dank / merci beaucoup to the Deutsch-Französische Hochschule / Université franco-allemande, Sanofi Germany and BASF France for their support.
Foto/©: Ambassade de France en Allemagne
Mar. 2022 - Our RTG 2516 Workshop 2022 on 'Controlling Structure Formation in Soft Materials' is announced and will be held in Mainz from October 11th to 13th. This workshop aims to advance our understanding of structure formation and self-organization in soft materials from supramolecular to colloidal systems, focusing on the interplay of experiment and computational modelling.
For more information, please visit the website.
Mar. 2022 - Moritz will give a lecture at the 1st Scotland - Rheinland-Pfalz Life Sciences and Biotechnology conference, 15th March.
Jan. 2022 - Oliver is elected as student speaker of the Research Training Group (RTG 2516) "Structure Formation of Soft Matter at Interfaces".
Jan. 2022 - Congratulations to Jonas for successfully defending his PhD thesis. Bravo, Dr. Kölsch!
Nov. 2021 - SupraChem 2022, the 6th German Symposium in Supramolecular Chemistry, is announced and will take place from July 3rd-5th: www.suprachem2022.de
Registration and abstract submission for oral and poster presentations is opened and closes June 1st.
Oct. 2021 - Yuqing is awarded a Kekulé-Fellowship of the Stiftung Stipendien-Fonds, Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI).
Sept. 2021 - Our Collaborative Research Centre (CRC 1066) "Nanodimensional Polymer Therapeutics for Tumor Immunotherapy" participates at the virtual meeting of the GDCh Division of Macromolecular Chemistry: 101 Years of Macromolecular Chemistry, with video and poster presentations. Katharina Landfester and Pol Besenius will represent the CRC in the podium discussion on interdisciplinary DFG funded collaborative research centres and priority programs.
Jul. 2021 - Congratulations to Lydia for successfully defending her PhD thesis. Bravo, Dr. Zengerling!
Jul. 2021 - Maren will give a lecture at the virtual 2021 National Graduate Research Polymer Conference (NGRPC2021), VirginiaTech (US), 26th-29th July.
Jun. 2021 - Congratulations to Christian for successfully defending his PhD thesis. Bravo, Dr. Berač!
Jun. 2021 - Mark your diaries! This winter term our department hosts the following guests within the organic colloquia lecture series: 19.10.2021 Michael Schmittel (Uni Siegen), 2.11.2021 Albrecht Berkessel (Uni Köln), 30.11.2021 Hans-Achim Wagenknecht (KIT), 14.12.2021 Martin Breugst (Uni Köln), 11.1.2022 Peter Metz (TU Dresden), 25.1.2022 Elisha Krieg (IPF Dresden).
May 2021 - The DFG has approved funding for the third and final funding period of our Collaborative Research Centre (CRC 1066) "Nanodimensional Polymer Therapeutics for Tumor Immunotherapy" at the University of Mainz.
Links to the press releases of the DFG (EN),
the University of Mainz (DE) and the University Medical Center Mainz (DE).
Apr. 2021 - Collaboration with the Waldvogel and Opatz labs on β-hairpin encoded foldable and redox-active flavin peptide conjugates published in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry. (read more)
Apr. 2021 - The DAAD has approved funding of a new International Study and Training Partnership (ISAP) with Kyushu University, Fukuoka. The project will support student exchange between Mainz and Kyushu for an initial period from 2021 to 2023.
Mar. 2021 - Maren is elected as student speaker of the Research Training Group (RTG 2516) "Structure Formation of Soft Matter at Interfaces".
Feb. 2021 - Collaboration with Jo Van Ginderachter and Lutz Nuhn on targeted repolarization of tumor-associated macrophages using imidazoquinoline-linked nanobodies published in Advanced Science. (read more)
Jan. 2021 - Pol will give a lecture at the Advances in Chemical Biology 2021 virtual conference.
Jan. 2021 - This year's University Open Day at the Johannes Gutenberg University is organised as Virtual Open Week. The Department of Chemistry participates with a mix of webinars and live chat sessions. Visit the website to watch talks, chat to our staff and students, and discover what it's like to study in Mainz. (also visit our YouTube channel for more information about the Chemistry and Biomedical Chemistry degrees, life and studying on campus and in Mainz)
Nov. 2020 - Review article on Defects and Defect Engineering in Soft Matter published with Friederike Schmid, Kurt Kremer and Sebastian Seiffert. (read more)
Oct. 2020 - Pol will give an invited lecture at a CRC 1066 co-sponsored session on 'Chemistry of New Nanomedicines' at this years virtual CLINAM symposium - the 12th European and Global Summit for Nanomedicine, 26th-28th October.
Oct. 2020 - Moritz and Pol will give invited lectures at the virtual symposium on 'Healthcare at the Nano/Microscale', celebrating the 15th anniversary of Small (Wiley), on 14th October. Registration for the symposium and further information can be found via this link.
Jul. 2020 - Maren is admitted to the Max Planck Graduate Center PhD Program.
Jun. 2020 - After the University of Mainz decided to transition into an emergency operation mode at the end of March, the Department of Chemistry was quick to react in implementing digital teaching and learning platforms. From April 20th almost all the teaching activities were delivered in digital formats, and as of June 3rd we were able to re-open our teaching labs for undergraduate students, implementing additional precautionary safety measures. An interview with Nuri Blachnik from our Department of Chemistry was recently published in the JGU magazine (link).
May 2020 - Interview with Pol is published in Synform as part of their Editorial Board Focus series (link).
Apr. 2020 - The organic colloquia series for the summer term 2020 has to be cancelled (link). On 26th May we host a virtual institute seminar with lectures by three local PhD students from the Opatz, Nubbemeyer and Frey research groups.
Mar. 2020 - Mark your diaries! This summer term our institute hosts the following guests within the organic colloquia lecture series: 14.4.2020 Martin Breugst (Uni Köln), 28.4.2020 Hans-Achim Wagenknecht (KIT), 12.5.2020 Michael Schmittel (Uni Siegen), 9.6.2020 Peter Metz (TU Dresden), 23.6.2020 Albrecht Berkessel (Uni Köln), 7.7.2020 Elisha Krieg (IPF Dresden).
Mar. 2020 - Christian's collaboration with Aritra Sarkar and Subi George's group (JNCASR Bangalore) on core substituted naphthalene diimide peptide-conjugates is published in a special issue of ChemistryOpen, on 'Functional Supramolecular Systems' dedicated to Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn's 80th birthday. (read more)
Nov. 2019 - The group welcomes Aritra Sarkar, who joins us as DAAD-PPP visiting PhD student from Prof. Subi George's group, JNCASR Bangalore.
Nov. 2019 - Christian and Lydia's work on tuning the time-scale of reactive oxygen species responsive supramolecular copolymers is published in the '100 Years of Macromolecular Chemistry' special issue of Macromolecular Rapid Communications. (read more)
Nov. 2019 - Congratulations to Ronja and David for successfully defending their PhD theses. Bravo, Dr. Otter and Dr. Straßburger!
Nov. 2019 - The DFG has approved funding for our Research Training Group (RTG 2516) "Control of structure formation in soft matter at and through interfaces", a collaborative project between Physics and Chemistry at the University of Mainz, the MPI for Polymer Research and TU Darmstadt. Spokesperson is Prof. Thomas Speck.
Link to the press release of the DFG.
Link to the press release (DE) of the University of Mainz.
Oct. 2019 - The International Study and Training Partnership (ISAP) program of the DAAD celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Maren and Pol were interviewed on this occasion, to reflect on our long-running partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Link to the online article (DE).
Oct. 2019 - Excited to host Prof. John B. Matson (Virginia Tech) as Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Mainz in 2020, with support of the CRC 1066.
Link to the press release (DE).
Oct. 2019 - Christian Berač will give a lecture at the "Bioinspired Materials" conference in Monte Verita (Switzerland), 20th-25th October.
Oct. 2019 - Christian's collaboration with Saikat Chakraborty and Thomas Speck's group (JGU Mainz) within the framework of the RTG 2516 initiative "Structure Formation of Soft Matter at Interfaces" on a combined experimental–simulation study of the kinetics of supramolecular polymerisation is published in Macromolecules. (read more)
Sep. 2019 - Mark your diaries! This winter term our institute hosts the following guests within the organic colloquia lecture series: 15.10.2019 Manfred Penning (Shellac Consultant), 29.10.2019 Philipp Heretsch (FU Berlin), 12.11.2019 Javier Montenegro (University of Santiago de Compostela), 26.11.2019 Jörg Pietruszka (HHU Düsseldorf), 9.12.2019 Maurizio Fagnoni (University of Pavia), 4.2.2020 Magdalena Titirici (Imperial College London), 11.2.2020 Ivan Huc (LMU München).
Jul. 2019 - The group welcomes Hazel Davis and Christopher Hango from the Tew lab at UMass Amherst, who join us for two months as DAAD-ISAP visiting graduate students.
Jul. 2019 - Ronja's review on the supramolecular assembly of functional peptide-polymer conjugates is featured in the Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry HOT article collection. (read more)
Jun. 2019 - Our collaboration with Paul van der Schoot (TU Eindhoven) and the Jabbari-Farouji group (JGU Mainz) on the theory of alternating order in supramolecular copolymers is highlighted as Editor's Pick in The Journal of Chemical Physics. (read more)
May 2019 - Patrick's collaboration with the Voskuhl (U Duisburg-Essen) and Basché (JGU Mainz) labs is accepted for publication in Polymer Chemistry as part of the 'Pioneering Investigators' themed collection 2019, and describes the supramolecular polymerisation and photoluminescence properties of aromatic thioether–peptide conjugates in water. (read more)
Apr. 2019 - The DAAD has approved funding of the International Study and Training Partnership (ISAP) with the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which will continue to support student exchange between Mainz and UMass until 2023.
Link to the press release (DE) of the University of Mainz.
Apr. 2019 - Mark your diaries! This summer term our institute hosts the following guests within the organic colloquia lecture series: 7.5.2019 Daniel Werz (TU Braunschweig), 14.5.2019 Peter Hammann (Sanofi-Aventis), 29.5.2019 Michael Haley (Uni Oregon), 4.6.2019 Jurij Svete (Uni Ljubljana), 2.7.2019 Henning Jessen (Uni Freiburg).
Apr. 2019 - Congratulations to Vanessa for successfully defending her PhD thesis. Bravo, Dr. Lewe!
Jan. 2019 - Congratulations to Patrick for successfully defending his PhD thesis. Bravo, Dr. Ahlers!
Dec. 2018 - Moritz wins the Adolf Todt prize of the University of Mainz for his Master Thesis.
Dec. 2018 - Christian takes up his role as MAINZ student representative in the Graduate School of Excellence Materials Science in Mainz.
Nov. 2018 - The Besenius Lab has secured an ERC Consolidator Grant SUPRAVACC to develop Supramolecular Subunit Vaccines.
Link to the press release of the European Research Council.
Link to the press release (ENG, DE) of the University of Mainz.
Link to the press release of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
EurekAlert! Science News, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Oct. 2018 - Christian presents a lecture at the 2nd International Symposium on the Future of Regenerative Medicine (3rd-4th October) in Ostuni, Italy.
Oct. 2018 - Together with the JCF Mainz and the LOB-project, we are organising the second alumni- and info-event for the undergraduate student exchange programs of our chemical institutes, supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). More information about the program, location and registration can be found here.
Oct. 2018 - Mark your diaries! This winter term our institute hosts the following guests within the organic colloquia lecture series: 19.11.2018 John Matson (Virginia Tech), 6.12.2018 Maris Turks (TU Riga), 9.1.2019 Anna Hirsch (HIPS Saarbrücken), 23.1.2019 Karl Gademann (Uni Zürich), 5.2.2019 Kazunori Sugiyasu (NIMS Japan) 22.2.2019 Boris Rybtchinski (Weizmann Institute of Science).
Sep. 2018 - The group welcomes Shikha Dhiman, who joins us as DAAD-PPP visiting PhD student from Prof. Subi George's group, JNCASR Bangalore.
Aug. 2018 - Christian takes up his role as MAINZ vice student representative in the Graduate School of Excellence Materials Science in Mainz.
Aug. 2018 - Vanessa's publication on clickable NHC–Au(I)-complexes and their self-assembly into charge-regulated supramolecular polymers in water is accepted for publication in Chemical Communications. (read more).
Jul. 2018 - David is presenting an e-Poster at the Curious2018 - Future Insight conference in Darmstadt (16th-18th July), organised on the occasion of Merck's 350th anniversary.
Jul. 2018 - Daniel's collaboration with Vincent Marichez and Georges Formon from the Hermans lab in Strasbourg is accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie as Hot Paper. The paper describes stopped flow kinetics and mathematical modeling of pH-triggered supramolecular polymerisation of dendritic amphiphiles, which can be utilised to induce the self-assembly at a solid‐liquid interface through proton diffusion from the bulk (read more).
Jul. 2018 - Ronja's collaboration with the Seiffert and Barz labs on secondary structure‐driven hydrogelation using foldable telechelic polymer-peptide conjugates is accepted for publication in a thematic special issue on 'Structure to Function in Supramolecular Polymers and Materials' in Macromolecular Rapid Communications. (read more).
Jul. 2018 - Patrick is selected as speaker at the 'International Functional Nanomaterials and Nanodevice Conference 2018' in Vienna in September.
Jun. 2018 - Christian is admitted to the MAINZ Graduate School of Excellence PhD Program.
May 2018 - A joint German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) - Department of Science and Technology (DST) project with Prof. Subi J. George (Angewandte Chemie profile) at the JNCASR Institute in Bangalore has been approved. The program will support our collaboration and exchange of PhD students, as well as PIs between Bangalore and Mainz.
May 2018 - The department of Chemistry releases a video on its YouTube channel, about our Chemistry and Biomedical Chemistry degrees, life and learning on campus and in Mainz.
May 2018 - Congratulations to Daniel for successfully defending his PhD thesis. Bravo, Dr. Spitzer!
Apr. 2018 - David's paper on tumor‐associated 2,3‐sialyl‐T antigen based glycopeptide vaccines is accepted for publication in ChemBioChem (read more).
Apr. 2018 - Vanessa is selected as speaker at the Gold 2018 conference in Paris in July.
Mar. 2018 - David will present a poster at the Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry Conference in Jena (11th-14th March).
Mar. 2018 - Fritz is awarded an ERP Fellowship (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) to perform his PhD studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with Prof. Javier Read de Alaniz. Congratulations.
Feb. 2018 - David's paper on mannose-decorated multicomponent supramolecular polymers is accepted for publication in ChemBioChem (read more).
Feb. 2018 - Ronja is selected as speaker at the IUPAC Macro2018 Congress in Cairns (Australia) in July.
Jan. 2018 - Prof. Dr. E.W. "Bert" Meijer to present the MAINZ public lecture on “Why we cannot make life”, 25th January (18:00), in the chemistry lecture hall C03.
Dec. 2017 - Benedict's paper on a temperature controlled stepwise self-assembly protocol of Au(I)-metalloamphiphiles is accepted for publication in JACS (read more).
Dec. 2017 - Thanks to Ryan Selhorst and Christian Steinmetz from our DAAD-ISAP partners at UMass Amherst for visiting and delivering excellent lectures.
Dec. 2017 - Ronja's collaboration with Kristina Klinker from the Barz group on folding induced supramolecular assembly of peptide-polymer conjugates into nanorods with a protein repellent shell is accepted for publication in ChemComm (read more).
Oct. 2017 - Congratulations to Benedict for successfully defending his PhD thesis. Bravo, Dr. Kemper!
Oct. 2017 - Daniels's work on transient pH- and ROS-responsive hydrogels is accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie (read more).
Oct. 2017 - Patrick's work on investigating the kinetics and fidelity of supramolecular copolymer formation using dynamic lights scattering is published in Macromolecules (read more).
Oct. 2017 - Together with the JCF Mainz and the LOB-project, we are organizing an alumni-evening on the 24th October for the undergraduate student exchange programs of our chemical institutes, supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). More information about the program, location and registration can be found here.
Sep. 2017 - The group welcomes Libin Wu, who joins us as visiting student from Fudan University, supported by the MAINZ Graduate School of Excellence Guest PhD Program.
Jun. 2017 - Lydia is awarded a Werner Schwarze scholarship from the Evonik Foundation, to support her PhD project on redox-responsive supramolecular materials.
May 2017 - Hien Le wins the second prize in the national competition 'Jugend forscht' in Erlangen for her project on Polymer Origami: Synthesis and Characterisation of Self-Folding Hydrogel Layers, and is awarded a research stay at the University of Rhode Island,USA.
May 2017 - The group welcomes Jacob Van Reet, who joins us as DAAD-ISAP visiting undergraduate student from the University of Toronto.
Apr. 2017 - A fantastic week, packed with exciting lectures and lively poster sessions has just finished. Pictures from the Meijer-Lab / MAINZ Mini Symposium on 'Advanced Materials Through Supramolecular and Macromolecular Functional Systems' can be found here, and pictures of the MAINZ Masterclass on 'Supramolecular Functional Materials' here.
Apr. 2017 - Hien Le wins the first prize in the federal competition 'Jugend forscht' in Ludwigshafen for her project on Polymer Origami: Synthesis of Multi-Responsive and Self-Folding Hydrogel Systems (link to the BASF news release). Hien will present her work at the national competition in Erlangen in May. The German television channel SWR produced a short documentary which will be aired on May 24th.
Apr. 2017 - Benedict will present a lecture and a poster at the ACS Spring Meeting in San Francisco, and will be supported by a DAAD travel award.
Feb. 2017 - The DAAD has approved funding of the International Study and Training Partnership (ISAP) with the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which supports student exchange between Mainz and UMass.
Feb. 2017 - Visiting high school student Hien Le wins three prizes in the regional competition 'Jugend forscht', including the 1st prize in chemistry and the prize for the best interdisciplinary project. Hien will present her work at the federal competition in Ludwigshafen in April.
Feb. 2017 - Vanessa will present a lecture and a poster at the AMN8 conference in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Jan. 2017 - Former student Hendrik is awarded a prestigious Leopoldina Scholarship to perform postdoctoral work with Prof. Christopher Barner-Kowollik at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.
Jun. 2016 - Our group's work on kinetically controlled growth of surface-grafted supramolecular polymers is selected as cover image in Angewandte Chemie.
Jun. 2016 - David wins the Adolf Todt prize of the University of Mainz for his Master Thesis with Prof. Kunz.
Apr. 2016 - Congratulations to Dr. Hendrik Frisch and Dr. Ralph Appel, the first two PhD students to graduate from the Besenius Lab.
Mar. 2016 - Vanessa is admitted to the MAINZ Graduate School of Excellence PhD Program.
Dec. 2015 - Hendrik's feature article on pH-Switchable Self-Assembled Materials was selected for the "Best of Macromolecular Journals, Edition 2016".
Aug. 2015 - Ralph was selected as speaker at the 2015 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston, and will be supported by a DAAD travel award.
Aug. 2015 - Patrick’s and Hendrik’s communication paper on Tuneable pH-Regulated Supramolecular Copolymerisations has been accepted in Polym. Chem.
Aug. 2015 - Hendrik was selected as speaker at the APME 2015 Conference in Yokohama, and will be supported by a DAAD travel award.
Mar. 2015 - Ralph won a Poster Award at the 17th JCF-GDCh Spring Symposium 2015 in Münster.
Jan. 2015 - After three and a half years of research at the University of Münster, our group is moving to the University of Mainz.
Dec. 2014 - Hendrik’s full paper on the pH-Regulated Selectivity in Supramolecular Polymerizations has been accepted in Chem. Eur. J.
Nov. 2014 - Hendrik’s feature article on pH-switchable supramolecular materials in water has been accepted in Macromol. Rapid Commun.
Nov. 2014 - Ralph’s paper on tuning the pH-triggered self-assembly of dendritic peptide amphiphiles using fluorinated side chains has been accepted in OBC.
Sep. 2014 - Welcome to Natasha, who has joined the group as a Master ERASMUS exchange student from the University of York.
Sep. 2014 - Hendrik was awarded the RSC Chemical Science Poster Prize at the ISACS15 conference in San Diego.
Jul. 2014 - Hendrik was awarded a DAAD travel grant to attend the ‘Challenges in Nanoscience’ (ISACS15) conference in San Diego in August.
Jun. 2014 - Bene’s paper on the self-assembly of luminescent Au(I)-metalloamphiphiles has been accepted in ChemComm.
Apr. 2014 - Patrick’s paper on the stimuli-responsive self-assembly of EDOT-peptide conjugates has been accepted for a special issue in Chem. Asian J.
Feb. 2014 - Congratulations to Benedict, who has received the Evonik Award 2014 for his Master thesis!
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Jan. 2014 - Daniel Spitzer has joined the group as a M.Sc. student, Welcome Daniel and Good Luck!
Nov. 2013 - Yana and Bene’s mini-review on Au(I)-chemistry has been published.
Aug. 2013 - Hendrik’s work on pH-switchable Supramolecular Copolymers has been published online in Angewandte Chemie.
May 2013 - The 22nd Young Group Leader Symposium in Bio-Organic Chemistry, will take place from 23-25 September in Münster and is open for registration: http://www.uni-muenster.de/BioOrganik2013
Dec. 2012 - Pol has been elected to the ‘Junges Kolleg der Nordrhein-Westfälischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste; see the University of Münster press release.
Dec. 2012 - The 2nd German Symposium in Supramolecular Chemistry, is announced and open for registration: http://www.uni-muenster.de/SupraChem2013.
Link to the press release from the University of Münster.
Aug. 2012 - The University Press Office has visited our labs: Link to the press release from the University of Münster.
Mar. 2012 - New group member Hendrik Frisch has joined the group as a M.Sc. student, Welcome Hendrik and Good Luck!
Sep. 2011 - Pol was awarded a Liebig Fellowship from the ‘Fonds der Chemischen Industrie’ (FCI) to support his research program on supramolecular functional nanomaterials.
Link to the press release from the University of Münster.
May 2011 - Following Pol’s appointment at the Organic Chemistry Institute - University of Münster, a first version of our website goes online.