Molecular Systems and Materials Chemistry

This thematic cluster focuses on the design and synthesis of novel molecules, macro- and supra­molecular assemblies, and functional materials with a wide range of applications in the fields of energy, health, and sustainability. Researchers in this cluster investigate the relation between the structure of advanced materials, such as polymers and multi-materials, and their functional performance. The focus is on the control of structures and morphology as well as interfacial phenomena.

The research approach comprises the following key elements:

  • new supramolecular concepts in organic and polymer chemistry, and materials science,
  • organic and polymer materials for optical, electronic and responsive devices,
  • interface and physical chemistry of polymer materials,
  • bio-inspired and multi-scale materials, and
  • new routes to polymer materials using renewable resources.