Team Team

Information and Energy Storage

Redox-activity is integral to the storage of energy and at the same time, the charge transport in conjugated redox-active materials can be modulated and switching between different states is possible, a prerequisite to store information. We target materials for rewritable nonvolatile memory devices and reconficurable electrodes.

Soft and Sustainable Electronics

We develop new design concepts to combine electronic functionality with mechanical compliance, and synthesize polymer semiconductors and organic mixed ionic–electronic conductors (OMIECs) that have very low elastic modulus (i.e., are “soft”). Based on this, we target sustainable and recyclable polymer electronics.

Polymer-enabled MALDI MS/I

MALDI is usually restricted to analytes with high molar mass. We design and synthesize polymeric matrices for MALDI MS / Imaging to use the technique to analyze low molecular weight analytes, e.g., for metabolomics. Understanding the analyte-matrix interface is, next to the synthesis of reactive matrices, a main focus of our work.

Interfaces / Molecular Machines

We use N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHC) to link conjugated polymers to gold nanoparticles and electrodes, resulting in true electronic hybrids with functions beyond the individual components. In molecular electronics, organic molecules are synthesized to store miniscule energy amounts in rotational or vibrational degrees of freedom.


  • Hamburg University of Technology
    Institute of Applied Polymer Physics
    Kasernenstr. 12
    D-21073 Hamburg


Organic chemistry, macromolecular chemistry, analytical chemistry − we use a large variety of methods and tools.

Polymers or nanocars − we love functional electronic materials.

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