Axel H. E. Müller, Makromolekulare Chemie II, Universität Bayreuth
We will demonstrate the synthesis and some important properties of well-defined polymer and hybrid nanostructures. Here, we define hybrid structures as combinations of synthetic polymers with inorganic or biological moieties. After a short tutorial on the basics of controlled polymer synthesis (for those who had no contact with this topic so far) we will first focus on how to make some selected polymer structures (in particular block and graft copolymers, stars and brushes) and some special properties of these structures in bulk and solution. Then we will discus some amphiphilic colloid structures (e.g., Janus particles, cylindrical brushes), some organic-inorganic hybrids (e.g. polymers with silica, magnetic, or semiconducting nanoparticles, e.g., hybrid nanowires and nanotubes) and organic-protein hybrid structures (“chimeras”, e.g., polymer-protein conjugates and glycopolymers) and their potential use in nanotechnology.