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



[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.