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Section of Polymer Chemistry

PD Dr. Dominik Brühwiler
Head of Polymer Chemistry

The Section of Polymer Chemistry focuses on the synthesis, functionalization, and characterization of nanostructured polymeric materials.

Research and Development

Synthesis of Nanoporous Materials

We are developing nanoporous materials with tailor-made properties, including well-defined pore and particle sizes, selectively functionalized surfaces, pore structures with bottleneck entrances, as well as multimodal pore systems. Our nanoporous materials provide a versatile platform for applications in the fields of catalysis, adsorption, separation, sensing, drug delivery, colorants, and luminophores.

Host-Guest Systems

The intercalation of chromophores and fluorophores into nanoporous silicates leads to materials with unique properties. True Color Pigments (textiles and coatings), ZeoFRET (light-harvesting), and novoSUN (UV protection) are currently being developed in our lab.


Analytical Tools for Nanoporous Materials

Gas sorption and confocal laser scanning microscopy in combination with accessibility probes are our main analytical tools for characterizing complex pore structures and functional group distributions. We are particularly interested in materials consisting of various interconnected and well-defined 1D and 3D pore systems.