Report 2011/2012

Chapter 1

  • Preface
  • The Institute in Numbers
  • The Research Program of the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
  • Scientific Relations
  • International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) on Biomimetic Systems
  • Press and Public Relations

Chapter 1 (3188 KB)

Chapter 2

Research in the Department of Biomaterials · Prof. P. Fratzl

Biological Materials

  • Evolutionary Perspectives on Vertebrate Hard Tissues · Dr. M. Dean
  • Biochemical Strategies in Load-Bearing Natural Materials · Dr. M. J. Harrington
  • Biological Chitin-Based Tools and Sensors · Dr. Y. Politi
  • Advanced Raman Spectroscopic Imaging of Biological Tissues · Dr. A. Masic
  • In-Situ Mechanical Characterization of Internal Interfaces in Biomaterials · Dr. I. Zlotnikov
  • Mechanobiology · Dr. R. Weinkamer

Biological and Bio-inspired Materials

  • Plant Material Adaptation · Dr. M. Eder
  • Hierarchical Structure of Biological and Biomimetic Materials · Dr. W. Wagermaier
  • Synthesis and Thermodynamic Stability of Amorphous Minerals · Dr. W. Habraken
  • Water Interactions in Complex Biological Materials · Dr. L. Bertinetti
  • Magnetite Formation and Organization · Dr. D. Faivre
  • Biomimetic Actuation and Tissue Growth · Dr. J. Dunlop

Chapter 2 (1433 KB)

Chapter 3


  • Research in the Department of Biomolecular Systems · Prof. P. H. Seeberger

Carbohydrate Synthesis

  • Automated Solid Phase Oligosaccharide Synthesis · Dr. M. Hurevich
  • Synthetic Carbohydrate Antigens · C. L. Pereira

Host Microbe Interactions

  • Glycobiology of Cell Surface Glycans · Dr. C. Anish


  • Synthesis and Properties of GPI-Anchors · Dr. D. V. Silva

Biomolecular Systems

  • Microreactors as Tools for Organic Chemists · Dr. D. T. McQuade

Precision Polymers and Polymeric Biomimetics

  • Precision Glycopolymers for Receptor Targeting and Drug Development · Dr. L. Hartmann


  • C-type Lectin Receptors: From Glycan Arrays to Murine Studies · Dr. B. Lepenies

Structural Glycobiology

  • Specific C-type Lectin Receptor Ligands · Dr. C. Rademacher


  • Deciphering the Glycocode for Understanding Intercellular Communication · Dr. D. Kolarich

Chapter 3 (1995 KB)

Chapter 4


  • Research in the Department of Colloid Chemistry · Prof. M. Antonietti

Heterophase Polymerization

  • Polymer Dispersions / Heterophase Polymerizations · Dr. K. Tauer

Porous Polymers
From Polymer Synthesis to Porosity Analysis · Dr. J. Weber

Chimera Polymers and Novel Synthetic Methods

  • Smart Biohybrid Polymers · Dr. H. Schlaad

Modern Techniques of Colloid Analysis

  • Electron Microscopic Studies of Colloidal Systems and Interfaces · Dr. J. Hartmann

Hydrothermal Carbon Nanostructures and Coatings

  • Carbon Materials from Renewable Resources · Dr. M. Titirici

De Novo Nanoparticles

  • Novel Synthetic Routes for Nanoparticles Production · Dr. C. Giordano

Poly(ionic) Liquids as Innovative Polyelectrolytes

  • Poly(ionic liquid)s: Synthesis and Materials Application · Dr. Jiayin Yuan

Nanostructured Materials for Energy Storage, Conversion and Photocatalysis

  • Design of 3D-Conjugated Polymers as Heterogeneous Photocatalysts · Dr. F. Vilela

Chapter 4 (1982 KB)

Chapter 5


  • Research in the Department of Interfaces · Prof. H. Möhwald

Independent Researchers

  • Peptide Optical Waveguiding · Dr. Xuehai Yan
  • Surface Nanoarchitecture for Self-Regulated Intelligent Interfaces · Dr. E. Skorb
  • Ultrasonic Cavitation on Particle Surfaces · Dr. Lu Zhang

(Quasi) Planar Interfaces – Fluid Interfaces

  • Langmuir Monolayers as Model Systems to Study Interactions at Interfaces · Prof. G. Brezesinski
  • Interfacial Layer Structure of Adsorbed Ionic Surfactants at the Water-Hexane Interface · Dr. R. Miller

Solid Interfaces

  • Phase Transitions and Transport Phenomena in Thin Films at Solid/Air Interfaces · Dr. H. Riegler

Non-Planar Interfaces

  • Active Interfaces and Coatings · Dr. D. Shchukin
  • Nanotechnology and Optical Manipulations of Capsules and Films · Dr. A. Skirtach

Chapter 5 (1912 KB)

Chapter 6


  • Research in the Department of Theory & Bio-Systems · Prof. R. Lipowsky


  • Glycans as Universal Tools for Proteins and Lipids · Dr. M. Santer
  • Conformational Changes in Protein Function · Dr. T. Weikl

Molecular Motors and Filaments

  • Cargo Transport by Teams of Molecular Motors:Elastic Coupling and Interference Regimes · Dr. F. Berger, Dr. C. Keller
  • Depolymerization of Actin Filaments · Dr. T. Niedermayer

Membranes and Vesicles

  • Stability of Lipids and Lipid Bilayers · Dr. A. Grafmüller
  • Lipid Membranes in Contact with Aqueous Phases of Polymer Solutions · Dr. R. Dimova
  • Interplay of Curvature and Composition in Membranes · Dr. T. Weikl
  • Vesicles in contact with two aqueous phases · Prof. R. Lipowsky

Interfacial Phenomena

  • Anchored Polymers – Self-Organization & Response to Perturbations · Dr. C. Seidel

Complex Systems

  • Stochastic Processes in Complex Bio-Systems · Dr. A. Valleriani
  • Regulation of Bio-Processes · Dr. S.Klumpp

Chapter 6 (1777 KB)


  • Organigramm
  • Fachbeirat/Kuratorium
  • Drittmittelprojekte
  • Ausgewählte Veranstaltungen
  • Wissenschaftliche Abschlüsse
  • Personalien
  • Wissenschaftliche Veröffentlichungen

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