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International Discussion Meeting on Polymer Crystallization 2017 (September 17-20, 2017)
Wittenberg, Germany


Do, 26.10.2017

17.15 Uhr im Seminarraum 1.27 Von-Danckelmann-Platz 4, 06120 Halle

Dr. Kerstin Blank

Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung, Potsdam, Deutschland

"Molecular Force Sensors: from molecular mechanisms towards applications in biology and materials science"

Biological systems are highly sophisticated smart materials. They are stimuli-responsive and possess impressive self-reporting and self-healing properties. They are consequently an important source of inspiration for materials scientists who aim to implement these properties in synthetic and biomimetic materials. In this context, we are specifically interested in (bio)molecules that act as molecular force sensors...

Blank_PSM_27.10.2017.pdf (145,7 KB)  vom 18.09.2017


Di, 17.15 Uhr im Seminarraum 1.27 Von-Danckelmann-Platz 4, 06120 Halle

Prof. Dr. Andreas Schönhals

Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM), Berlin, Deutschland

"Structure-Property Relationships of Nanocomposite based on Polylactide and Layered Double Hydroxides as Nanofiller"

Polymer-based nanocomposites attracted recently a lot of attention from both the applicative and fundamental point of research. While the former point of view is due to the properties improvement compared to the corresponding matrix polymers the latter aspect is related to interaction of polymers with solid surfaces and confinement effects...

Schönhals_PSM_21.11.2017.pdf (146,1 KB)  vom 18.09.2017

Past News

1st Discussion Meeting HalLei17


ITP, Universität Leipzig, Brüderstr. 16, 04103 Leipzig, Room 210


Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 14:30-19:00


  • Jonathan Gross (Universität Leipzig)
  • Ulrich H.E. Hansmann (Dept. of Chem. and Biochem., University of Oklahoma, USA)
  • Jutta Luettmer-Strathmann (University of Akron, Ohio, USA)
  • Suman Majumder (Universität Leipzig)
  • Mark P. Taylor (Dept. of Physics, Hiram College, USA)
  • Timur Shakirov (Universität Halle)


14.15 Uhr im Seminarraum 1.26 Von-Seckendorff-Platz 1, 06120 Halle

Prof. Dr. Mark P. Taylor

Dept. of Physics, Hiram College, USA

Polymer folding in confined and crowded environments"

A flexible homopolymer chain with sufficiently short-range interactions undergoes a first-order-like transition from an expanded coil to a compact crystallite.  We have recently shown that this very simple model illustrates the underlying polymer physics leading to the distinct all-or-none folding thermodynamics characterizing many small proteins [1].  Here we investigate this polymer folding transition under geometric confinement and in the presence of macromolecular crowders...

MP Taylor 12.07.2017.pdf (232,9 KB)  vom 05.07.2017

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