Welcome

Research at the Nanoengineering of Functional Polymeric Materials (NFPM) group focuses on the development of advanced polymeric and hybrid materials with potential applications in e.g. medicine, nanoelectronics and conversion of solar light. Precise design of macromolecules implies their structure on a nanoscale and macroscopic polymer properties. Controlled radical polymerization methods are used to synthesize polymers of different architecture both in solution and as grafted from various surfaces. Most of the studies utilize water-soluble polymers: amphiphilic polyelectrolytes, ionic conductive polymers and natural biopolymers.

 

FOCUS:

  • nanostructural polymeric materials for photochemical and biomedical applications
  • usage of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) as a primary technique in nanotechnology of soft matter
  • energy/electron transfer processes in the confined environments
  • single-molecule electron transfer process
  • photosensitized reactions in the polymeric nanoreactors
  • photochemistry and photophysics of selected compounds (e.g. Excited-State Proton Transfer)
  • contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

SYNTHESES:

  • syntheses of amphiphilic photoactive polymers using Controlled Radical Polymerization
  • Surface Initiated Polymerization (SIP) for the formation of polymer brushes

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

  • multilayer photoactive films and capsules prepared by Layer-by-Layer (LbL) approach
  • biocompatible capsules for controlled drug delivery
  • polymer brushes as advanced functional platforms
  • Force Spectroscopy on biological objects (e.g. receptor sites on macrophages)
  • superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION) as contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)