Dr. Christian Marijan Berač


Lab: 2224.02.125

Office: 2224.02.135

Phone: 39-23873


Research Topic:

Thermoresponsive supramolecular hydrogels and their applications

Curriculum Vitae:

07/2021 - 08/2021 PostDoc in the group of Prof. Pol Besenius, JGU Mainz
2018 - 2020 MAINZ student representative in the Graduate School of Excellence Materials Science in Mainz
01/2018 - 06/2021 Ph.D. student in the group of Prof. Pol Besenius, JGU Mainz
12/2017 Research assistant in the group of Prof. Pol Besenius, JGU Mainz
01/2017 - 07/2017 Master thesis in the group of Prof. Pol Besenius, JGU Mainz
2015 - 2017 Master of Science in Biomedical Chemistry, JGU Mainz
09/2015 - 02/2016 DAAD-ISAP exchange student in the group of Prof. Todd Emrick,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
2014 Bachelor thesis in the group of Prof. Markus Christmann, University Medical Center Mainz
2012 - 2015 Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Chemistry, JGU Mainz
2012 Abitur, Hannah-Arendt-Gymnasium Haßloch



[11] Recyclable Vitrimers from Biogenic Poly(Itaconate) Elastomers.
J.C. Kölsch, C.M. Berač, F. Lossada, O.S. Stach, S. Seiffert, A. Walther, P. Besenius*,
Macromolecules 2022, 55, 8032-8039.  DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.2c00825.

[10] Cucurbit[7]uril Macrocyclic Sensors for Optical Fingerprinting: Predicting Protein Structural Changes to Identifying Disease-Specific Amyloid Assemblies.
N. Das Saha, S. Pradhan, R. Sasmal, A. Sarkar, C.M. Berač, J.C. Kölsch, M. Pahwa, S. Show, Y. Rozenholc, Z. Topçu, V. Alessandrini, J. Guibourdenche, V. Tsatsaris, N. Gagey-Eilstein*, S.S. Agasti*,
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2022, 144, 14363-14379. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.2c05969.

[9] Predicting the Supramolecular Assembly of Amphiphilic Peptides from Comprehensive Coarse-Grained Simulations.
S. Chakraborty§, C.M. Berač§, M. Urschbach, D. Spitzer, M. Mezger, P. Besenius, T. Speck*,
ACS Appl. Polym. Mater. 2022, 4, 822-831. DOI: 10.1021/acsapm.1c01208.
(§ these authors contributed equally)

[8] Bridging Rigidity and Flexibility: Modulation of Supramolecular Hydrogels by Metal Complexation.
O.S. Stach§, K. Breul§, C.M. Berač*, M. Urschbach, S. Seiffert*, P. Besenius*,
Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2022, in press. DOI: 10.1002/marc.202100473. (Open Access)
(§ these authors contributed equally)

[7] Impact of NDI-core Substitution on the pH-Responsive Nature of Peptide-Tethered Luminescent Supramolecular Polymers.
A. Sarkar, J. Kölsch, C.M. Berač, A. Venugopal, R. Sasmal, R. Otter, P. Besenius*, S.J. George*,
ChemistryOpen 2020, 9, 346-350. DOI: 10.1002/open.202000017. (Open Access)
Invited contribution to 'Functional Supramolecular Systems' special collection

[6] Evaluation of Charge-Regulated Supramolecular Copolymerization to Tune the Time-Scale for Oxidative Disassembly of ß-Sheet Comonomers.
C.M. Berač, L. Zengerling, D. Straßburger, R. Otter, M. Urschbach, P. Besenius*,
Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2019, 1900476, DOI: 10.1002/marc.201900476(Open Access)
Invited contribution to '100 years of polymer research' special issue.

[5] Modeling Supramolecular Polymerization: The Role of Steric Effects and Hydrophobic Interactions.
S. Chakraborty, C.M. Berač, B. Kemper, P. Besenius, T. Speck*,
Macromolecules 2019, 52, 7661-7667. DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.9b01435.

[4] Supramolecular Copolymers Predominated by Alternating Order: Theory and Application.
R. van Buel, D. Spitzer, C. M. Berač, P. van der Schoot, P. Besenius, Sara Jabbari-Farouji*,
J. Chem. Phys. 2019, 151, 014902. DOI: 10.1063/1.5097577.
Selected as Editor's Pick.

[3] Tuning the Life-Time of Supramolecular Hydrogels using ROS-Responsive Telechelic Peptide-Polymer Conjugates.
R. Otter, C. M. Berač, S. Seiffert, P. Besenius*,
Eur. Polym. J. 2019, 110, 90-96. DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2018.11.019.
Materials Today EPJ Award 2018 special issue.

[2] Secondary Structure-Driven Hydrogelation using Foldable Telechelic Polymer-Peptide Conjugates.
R. Otter, N.A. Henke, C. Berač, T. Bauer, M. Barz, S. Seiffert, P. Besenius*,
Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2019, 110, 90-96. 10.1002/marc.201800459.
special issue on 'Structure to Function in Supramolecular Polymers and Materials'.

[1] Adaptive upregulation of DNA repair genes following benzo(a)pyrene diol epoxide protects against cell death at the expense of mutations.
M. Christmann*, C. Boisseau, R. Kitzinger, C. Berač, S. Allmann, T. Sommer, D. Aasland, B. Kaina and M. T. Tomicic,
Nucleic Acids Res, 2016. DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkw873.