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Michael Meier
SFB 1176 Speaker
Michael A. R. Meier
Institut für Organische Chemie

Fritz-Haber-Weg 6

76131 Karlsruhe

Phone +49 721 608-48326

Email m a r meierRet1∂kit edu

Peter Roesky
SFB 1176 Deputy Speaker
Peter Roesky
Institut für Anorganische Chemie

Engesserstr. 15

76131 Karlsruhe

Phone +49 721 608-46117 Email roeskyAcx6∂kit edu
Leonie Barner
Equal Opportunity Officer
Leonie Barner
Institut für Funktionelle Grenzflächen
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1

76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

Phone +49 721 608-22108

Email leonie barnerJza8∂kit edu

Manfred WIlhelm
Speaker of the Graduate School
Manfred Wilhelm
Institut für Technische Chemie und Polymerchemie

Engesserstr. 18

76218 Karlsruhe

Phone +49 721 608-43150

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Christopher Barner-Kowollik
SFB 1176 Founding Speaker
Christopher Barner-Kowollik
Institut für Technische Chemie und Polymerchemie

Engesserstr. 18

76128 Karlsruhe

Phone +49 721 608-45642

Email christopher barner-kowollikKyx5∂kit edu

Dominik Voll
SFB 1176 Managing Director
Dominik Voll

CFN-Building, Room 119

Wolfgang-Gaede-Str. 1a
76131 Karlsruhe

Phone +49 721 608-42750

Email dominik vollZba7∂kit edu

SFB 1176 Office
Cornelia Weber

CFN-Building, Room 118

Wolgang-Gaede-Str. 1a

76131 Karlsruhe

Phone +49 721 608-45804

Email cornelia weberXtq6∂kit edu

SFB 1176
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Molekulare Strukturierung weicher Materie

Welcome to the SFB "Molecular Structuring of Soft Matter"

From January 1st, 2016, the SFB 'Molecular Structuring of Soft Material' will start research into the design of macromolecules. The small building blocks of macromolecules are arranged along a (one-dimensional) chain. However, their alignment in or on an (inter)phase is also of significant importance. In addition, the spatial alignment of the buildintg blocks in networks resulting in specific material properties is of significance. The function of the macromolecular materials is primarily determined by their molecular structure as well as their special arrangement and linkage. This molecular structure can be the sequence of the small building blocks along the chain, the uniformity of the chain-length ensemble or the degree of branching within the macromolecule. The precise placement of functionalities along the chain can determine and regulate the behavior of the chain in solution – the so-called coiling behavior. Surfaces can consist of repeating units or be decorated with macromolecules, which impart specific function to the surface. In a network, the complex properties of the resulting material are determined by the length of the single mesh or by the sequence of the building blocks of functionalities. The Cooperative Research Centre 1176 has the aim – within the scope of defined and well-founded problems – to synthesize polymeric materials with a so far unmatched degree of structural control in three dimensions. In doing so, the targeted molecular and precise control of a defined function or the access to a novel macromolecular class of materials will be established. The focus on the molecular structure of soft materials by a dimensional organizing principle – determining the function – opens the possibility to classify the synthetic challenges as well as to transfer the scientific findings from one to another dimension.

SFB 1176 in motion



The speaker of the SFB 1176, Prof. Christopher Barner-Kowollik, and Dr. Leonie Barner have both accepted professorial positions at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, starting in April 2017. We congratulate them both and wish them all the best for their continuing academic career. A/Prof. Barner and Prof. Barner-Kowollik will continue to hold fractional appointments at the KIT and lead their SFB projects. From 1st of August 2016 on, Prof. Michael Meier will be the speaker of the SFB 1176.


Der Sprecher der SFB 1176, Herr Prof. Dr. Barner-Kowollik, und Frau Dr. Leonie Barner haben beide einen Ruf an die Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australien angenommen. Wir gratulieren ganz herzlich und wünschen beiden auf dem eingeschlagenen beruflichen Weg weiterhin viel Erfolg. Die weitere Kooperation und die Fortführung aller betroffener Projekte durch Frau Barner und Herrn Barner-Kowollik ist gesichert. Mit dem Wechsel verbunden übernahm zum 1.8.2016 Herr Prof. Dr. Michael Meier die Sprecherschaft des SFB 1176.

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16.06.2016: Prof. Martina Stenzel

Mercator Fellow Prof. Martina Stenzel (UNSW, Sydney) will visit the SFB1176 from 19.06. - 09.07.2016. Lectures are planned.

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16.06.2016: Prof. Rachel Yerushalmi-Rozen

Prof. Rachel Yerushalmi-Rozen will visit the KIT from 10.07. - 21.07.2016. Lectures will be held on July12th and  July 14th.

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Development Program

The "Development Program for High Potentials in Chemistry" of the SFB 1176  has started with 11 participants. Read more ...

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20.04.2016: SFB secretary office

The office of the SFB1176 is now located in the CFN-building, room 118. The new phone is -45804. 

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02.03.2016: SFB seminar plan
The SFB seminar plan for the year 2016 is complete and can be downloaded (seminar plan). Please note the different starting times. All SFB seminars will take place in the Criegee lecture hall at the Campus South.
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1.1.2016: SFB sponsored event

The SFB 1176 is a sponsor of the 3rd Belgian-German Macromolecular Meeting - Dynamic and Responsive Polymer Systems which will be held form February 15th to 16th, 2016, in Houffalize, Belgium.

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1.1.2016: 1st Workshop of the Graduate School

The first workshop of the Graduate School of the SFB 1176 will be held on March 31st and April 1st, 2016 in Bad Herrenalb (which is situated near Karlsruhe at the edge of the Black Forest). Attendence of all members of the Graduate School is mandatory. 

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1.1.2016: SFB featured in KIT-News of November 2015

The establishment of the SFB 1176 'Molecular Structuring of Soft Matter' and its scientific programme and aims have been featured in the KIT-News in November 2015. Please click on the link to watch the video.

Manuel Tsotsalas
9.11.2015: SFB PI receives Helmholtz Young Investigator Group

The Helmholtz Association has selected Dr. Manuel Tsotsalas to receive a Helmholtz Young Investigators Group. With an annual funding of €250,000 for the next five years, he can now establish and manage his own research group focusing on the topic of "hierarchically structured polymers / biomaterials".