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

Special event:

Thu, 26.10.2017

5.15 pm @ seminar room 1.27 Von-Danckelmann-Platz 4, 06120 Halle

Dr. Kerstin Blank

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany

"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


Tue, 5.15 pm @ seminar room 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)


2.15 pm @ seminar room 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