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Katrin's news article on “Season the soup: the important role of salt additives” was selected as one of the top entries in the Macromolecular Journals Writing Competition. Congratulations!
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Pleased to meet you. Hope you guess my name ... since May 19th: Dr. Marc Steuber!

Congratulations! Marc successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Fabrication and micromanipulation of microscale building blocks for artificial 3D cell microenvironments with defined topography and biochemical properties“ on May 19th!

PhD Marc

Dr. Katrin Tücking with successful Ph.D. defense!

Katrin received her degree on March 31st! Her thesis entitled “Bioresponsive Polymer Systems for the Signaling of Bacterial Enzymes with Vesicles and Nanoporous Silicon Films“ featured work from the EU project BacterioSafe and also experiments carried out in Nico Voelcker’s lab in Adelaide. Congratulations, Katrin. Well done!!!

PhD Defense Katrin

Macromolecular Engineering of Surface-Grafted Polymer Brushes

We are cooperation partners of Prof. Szczepan Zapotoczny (Faculty of Chemistry of the Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland) in his TEAM grant project that was funded by the Foundation for Polish Science. The project entitled: ”Macromolecular Engineering of Surface-Grafted Polymer Brushes” will be realized in cooperation with Prof. Szczepan Zapotoczny as well as Prof. Ivan Scheblykin (University of Lund, Sweden). For more information, see

here and here.

Prämierte Forschungsarbeit bei Jugend forscht!

Die Forschungsarbeit der Abiturientin Jessica Patzelt vom Gymnasium am Markt in Bünde, die bei uns von Dr. Yvonne Voss und Dr. Inga Lilge tatkräftig unterstützt und bei ihren Experimenten in Siegen angeleitet wurde, belegte beim Regionalentscheid den 1. Platz in der Kategorie Jugend forscht Biologie. Wir freuen uns mit Jessica, herzlichen Glückwunsch!
Jugend forscht! wird seit 1966 unterstützt vom Bayer-Konzern.

Teams aus Herford gewinnen erste Plätze

Schüler geben Impulse für die Wissenschaft

Bildquelle: Bayer-Konzern

Do you come from a land down under?!

Dimitri Jung is our next exchange master student, who works on his thesis with Dr. Thomas Michl and Prof. Hans Griesser at the University of South Australia. All the best of luck, Dimitri, and no worries!

Kann Aloe Vera bei der Züchtung von Knochenzellen helfen, Frau Goonoo?

In Siegen holt sich Nowsheen Goonoo jeden Tag ein Stück Heimat ins Labor. Die aus Mauritius stammende Wissenschaftlerin experimentiert mit Inhaltsstoffen aus Pflanzen, die dort heimisch sind.

"Schon mein Großvater kannte die Wirkung der Aloe vera und hat damit meine kleinen Wunden geheilt“, erinnert sie sich. Was die Chemikerin aus der Pflanze nutzen möchte, sieht aus wie ein aufgequollenes Gummibärchen: das Gel aus dem Wasserspeichergewebe der Blätter. In Kosmetika ist es schon lange ein wichtiger Inhaltsstoff. Goonoo will aus Bestandteilen des Gels und weiteren synthetischen Polymeren Fasern für ein Trägermaterial herstellen, das Zellwachstum unterstützen kann.

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Congratulations to Dr. Inga Lilge!

Inga successfully finished her outstanding Ph.D. thesis with a successful defense on November 18th! Her thesis is entitled: “Decoupled Biochemical and Mechanical Cues Relevant for Cell-Surface Interactions by Poly(acrylamide) Block Copolymer Brushes in Two and Three Dimensions“

PhD Inga 2016

Special issue of Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics showcases European Australian polymer science.

The highlights of the special European-Australian session of the 2015 EPF Meeting in Dresden are compiled in a special issue of Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, which showcases European Australian polymer science. Read contributions to the special issue

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PC-1 Down Under again!

Anna Schulte is currently working at the University of South Australia on her Master Thesis. Good luck and congratulation for the DAAD travel stipend!

Successful defense of excellent Ph.D. thesis - Congratulations to Dr. Sven-Christian Sidenstein!

Wholehearted congratulations to Sven, who successfully finished his outstanding Ph.D. thesis with a successful defense on August 11th! The title of his dissertation, which was completed at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen under supervision of Prof. Dr. Stefan Hell, is "Protected STED and Multicolour Multilevel STED Nanoscopy".

PhD Sven 2016

Siegener Nacht der Wissenschaft - Samstag, 09. Juli 2016 (http://www.ndws.de/)

Die angewandte Forschung der AG "Physikalische Chemie I" und des (Zentrum für Mikro-/Nanochemie und -Technologie an der Universität Siegen) im Kontext: Chemische Signale und biochemische "Kriegsführung" – Neue Ansätze um Bakterien mit ihren eigenen Waffen zu schlagen

Welcome Patricia!

We wholeheartedly welcome Patricia Enrique (CSIC, Madrid, Spain) as a visiting research Ph.D. student in the group!

Fantastic success of Katrin

Katrin's news article on “Season the soup: the important role of salt additives” was selected as one of the top entries in the Macromolecular Journals Writing Competition. Congratulations!

Doctor number #3 in 2016 in PC 1

Congratulations to Morteza, who successfully finished his Ph.D. thesis with a successful defense on February 5th! The title of his dissertation is "Chitosan Hydrogels Modified with Fluorogenic and Chromogenic Substrates for the Autonomous Sensing of Bacterial Enzymes".

PhD Morteza 2016

Doctor number #2 in 2016 in PC 1

Congratulations to Stephan, who successfully finished his Ph.D. thesis! The title of his dissertation is "Analysis of Soft Matter Interfaces by Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy"

PhD Stephan 2016

The first of the many “2016 doctors“ in PC 1: Congratulations to Nicole, who successfully finished her Ph.D. thesis!

Nicole Hain successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled “Investigation of Surface Nanobubbles with Combined AFM and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM)” (14.01.2016). Well done and wholehearted congratulation to the young doctor!

PhD Nicole 2016

Welcome Chia-Hua and Morteza!

We welcome Chia-Hua Lin (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan) and Morteza Hasanzadeh Kafshgari (Mawson Institute, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia), who visit the group and work on research projects in the area of nanoporous alumina and drug delivery using hybrid inorganic-polymeric particles, respectively.

Congratulations to Ping for "best student contribution" at international conference in Delft (NL)

For her talk on the "Fabrication of methacrylate alginate beads for bioencapsulation of cells“ Ping Li was awarded the prize for the “best student contribution" at the 23. International Conference on Bioencapsulation in Delft (The Netherlands), 2.-4. September 2015.

Congratulations to Dr. Ekram Wassel, who defended successfully their Ph.D. thesis!

Ekram Wassel ("Thermoresponsive properties of poly(di(ethylene glycol) methylether methacrylate) brushes on gold: Protein adsorption, cell desorption and adhesive properties") successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis on September 2nd 2015. Well done and wholehearted congratulation to the young doctor!

PhD Ekram 2015

Biofilm Project in the media

The recently started biofilm project ("Regional Research Partnerships" - "Ausspionieren Biofilm-bildender Bakterien in Rohren"), which we jointly carry out with the Analytical Chemistry Department (Prof. Carsten Engelhard) and the local company Quh-Lab - Food Safety (CEO Dr. med. vet. Martin Frettlöh) was covered in a regional TV program. Click here to watch.

Congratulations to Katrin for prize-winning best oral presentation at the 5th International Symposium of Surface and Interface of Biomaterials in Sydney

Katrin-Stephanie Tücking was awarded with a certificate of excellence for the best oral presentation in the section Biointerfaces at the 5th International Symposium of Surface and Interface of Biomaterials held in conjunction with the 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (ASBTE), 7 - 10 April 2015, Sydney, Australia.

ERA NET SIINN project FENOMENO coordinated by Holger Schönherr approved

The trans-EU project FENOMENO, which was approved in the 2nd round of the FP7 ERA-NET call on Nanosafety - Safe Implementation of Innovative Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SIINN), will start on April 1st 2015. Together with the research groups of Prof. Witte, Prof. Engelhard, Prof. Kuhnert, and Prof. Gethmann (all Faculty IV, University of Siegen), and partners from Austria (University of Innsbruck, Mondsee) and Portugal (University of Aveiro), the group of project coordinator Holger Schönherr will address the fate and effect of wastewater-borne manufactured nanomaterials in aquatic ecosystems.

Successful proposal in the cross-faculty call "Regional Research Partnerships"

A joint project with Analytical Chemistry (Prof. Carsten Engelhard) and the local company Quh-Lab - Food Safety (CEO Dr. med. vet. Martin Frettlöh) was recently approved. The project ("Ausspionieren Biofilm-bildender Bakterien in Rohren") aims at the development of methods to detect harmful bacteria that may hide in water pipes.

See Press release

Katrin again down under: DAAD stipend for 6 month stay in Australia!

Congratulations to Katrin, who managed to secure a DAAD stipend for a 6 month stay in the labs of our collaborator Nico Voelcker at the Mawson Institute, University of South Australia, Adelaide.

Studienpreis for Anna Schulte - Congratulations!

On December 16th 2014 Anna Schulte (center) received the "Studienpreis der Alumni Chemie Siegen (ACS) 2014" for her excellent performance and marks in her studies for her B.Sc. degree, which she completed with her outstanding bachelor thesis on the "Charakterisierung von Poly(styrol)-block-poly(acrylsäure) Vesikeln durch Rasterkraft- und Fluoreszenzlebensdauer-Mikroskopie". Congratulations and all the best wishes, Anna!

Preisverleihung ACS 2014

AiF-ZIM project started

Together with the local company Quh-Lab - Food Safety we have recently secured an AiF-ZIM project to develop innovative solutions for food safety monitoring. In the coming 2.5 years Dr. Mareike Müller, Ping Li (@ Physical Chemistry I with Prof. Dr. Holger Schönherr) and Dominik Ehm (@ Quh-Lab - Food Safety with CEO Dr. med. vet. Martin Frettlöh) will work on the development of point of care applications in the area of food monitoring and consumer safety. The project is funded in the funding program of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in Germany: Central Innovation Program SME (ZIM: Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand).

Two new Doctors in PC 1: Congratulations to Wiktoria and Simon, who defended sucessfully their Ph.D. theses!

Wiktoria Walczyk (On the shape and dimensions of "surface nanobubbles" in Atomic Force Microscopy, 25.09.2014) and Simon Haas (Enzyme-degradable block copolymer vesicles for infection signaling applications, 09.10.2014) successfully defended their Ph.D. theses. Well done & wholehearted congratulation to the young doctors!

TUBITAK grant for organization of workshop in Istanbul, October 15 - 17, 2014

Together with Prof. Bahar Basim (Ozyegin University, Turkey) we secured a grant from TUBITAK (http://www.tubitak.gov.tr/en) to carry out a workshop on "Nanotechnology in Manufacturing" NIM2014 in Istanbul October 15 - 17, 2014. More information is found here.

Successful International Conference SPM on SPM 2014 in Toronto co-organized by PC 1

The International Conference on Scanning Probe Microscopy on Soft and Polymeric Materials, SPM on SPM 2014, was held between September 02 - 06, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. Keynote lecturers were AFM and single molecule pioneers Prof. Paul Hansma (UC Santa Barbara) and Prof. Hermann Gaub (LMU München). For more information see: http://spm-p.org/

Welcome Josh!

We welcome Josh Cottom, who started his Ph.D. at the University of Leeds with Kevin Critchley, and will get insight into the fabrication of precision nanoporous alumina membranes.

Katrin successful at the Leibniz Young Polymer Scientist Forum 2014 in Aachen

Congratulations to Katrin! She won with her group the "Award for the best presentation of how to approach future challenges in polymer sciences". The prize over 1000 Euros was given to a team of five junior researchers, including Katrin, in the award ceremony on August 28th 2014. The Leibniz Young Polymer Scientist Forum, organized by DWI and Evonik Industries in Aachen, is the place for young polymer scientists to meet and discuss important challenges in this fundamental field of research. The two-day event provided a forum both to sharpen current polymer scientific questions and to identify new challenges. Successful candidates for participation at the forum were selected from a larger group of applicants. At the Leibniz Young Polymer Scientist Forum, the young scientists attended focused workshops, shared their expertise and learned to be part of an interdisciplinary team.

Press release, RWTH Aachen

Welcome Jess!

Jess Bean from Toby Jenkin's group at the University of Bath visit us for 6 months, in parts funded by a DAAD stipend. Jess will combine her responsive hydrogels with micro- and nanostructuring approaches of our group to improve the sensing of pathogenic bacteria. Again welcome, and all the best of luck with your project!

Bio-Nano Summer School 2014 in Hirschegg

The postdocs and Ph.D. students of the PC 1 attended the 4th Bionanosummerschool in Hirschegg, Kleinwalsertal, Austria, organized jointly by the Universities of Bath, Leeds and our group in Siegen. The summerschool brought together aspiring young researchers from the UK (Leeds, Bath, Oxford), Poland (Krakow), and Germany (Darmstadt, Siegen: Macromolecular Chemistry, the Nöll Group and of course PC 1). Owing to the great success and positive feedback the 5th edition has been scheduled for 16th - 23rd August 2015.

Sommerfest / PC-1 group reunion

On July 19th the big PC-1 group reunion / Sommerfest 2014 took place. Former postdocs, Ph.D. and master students shared their experience regarding the transition from University to industry and provided interesting insight into life beyond the labs in the University. After an inspiring mini-symposium the discussions continued after a lab tour at the actual Sommerfest in Freudenberg until late.

More pictures from the sommerfest (Password protected)

Congratulations Steffi for the Best Poster Award in Micro/Nanoengineering!

Steffi Müller's poster "Antifouling polymer brush coating of nanoporous alumina: Synthesis, characterization and cell-surface interaction tests" convinced the jury at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (ASBTE) in Lorne, Australia. The prize in Micro/Nanoengineering was one of two poster awards at the meeting and comes with a reward of 1000 $, which Steffi can spend at the Australian National Fabrication Facility at the Ian Wark Research Institute (University of South Australia) during her research visit later this year to the Mawson Institute in Adelaide in the framework of our DAAD-ATN project "Optical Biosensors for Wound-Colonising Bacteria". Press release (german)

Welcome to Fransisca!

We wholeheartedly welcome Fransiska Sri Herwahyu Krismastuti, who comes from the Mawson Research Institute / University of Southern Australia in Adelaide (Australia) and will spend a 3 month research stay in our laboratories funded by the joint DAAD-ATN project "Optical Biosensors for Wound-Colonising Bacteria" of Prof. Nico Voelcker (Mawson Research Institute) and Prof. Holger Schönherr (University of Siegen). Press release (german)

Fascination Nanoscience and Everyday Applications

Professor Schönherr was invited to lecture at the official opening of the MINToringSI 2014.

"Down under is calling" - Exchange program with the University of South Australia

Katrin Tücking and Steffi Müller will work in the labs of our collaborator Nico Voelcker at the Mawson Institute (University of South Australia, Adelaide) in a joint research project & exchange program funded by the EU (FP7, KOALA - Novel strategies for wound management). Good luck & good results and see you back in May!

Congratulations Stephan & Daniel!

Their collaborative efforts with the Jiang group (LOT) (Controlled Surface Chemistry of Diamond/β-SiC Composite Films for Preferential Protein Adsorption, Tao Wang, Stephan Handschuh-Wang, Yang Yang, Hao Zhuang, Christoph Schlemper, Daniel Wesner, Holger Schönherr, Wenjun Zhang and Xin Jiang) were published recently in Langmuir.

Congratulations Mohammad!

Mohammad's key paper (Fabrication of Complex Free-Standing Nanostructures with Concave and Convex Curvature via the Layer-by-Layer Approach, Mohammad Raoufi and Holger Schönherr) was accepted in Langmuir.

Congratulation Katrin and Stephan!

Their paper (Bacterial enzyme responsive polymersomes: A closer look at the degradation mechanism of PEG-block-PLA vesicles, Katrin-Stephanie Tücking, Stephan Handschuh-Wang, Holger Schönherr) was accepted for publication in Australian Journal of Chemistry.

Studienpreis for Sven Sidenstein

On December 17th 2013 Sven Sidenstein received the "Studienpreis der Alumni Chemie Siegen (ACS) 2013" for his excellent performance and marks in his studies for his M.Sc. degree. Congratulations and all the best wishes, Sven!

PC1 participates in "Science Schau Fenster"

From October 5th to 19th the Physical Chemistry I has a poster, various objects and a demonstrator on display as part of the "Science Schau Fenster" at Glasbau Gittig (Löhrstraße 14, Siegen-Oberstadt) to explain and highlight the indicator wound dressings for the in situ detection of bacterial infection in wounds developed in BacterioSafe.

Ph.D. defense

On September 27th Mohammad defended his Ph.D. thesis successfully. Congratulations, Dr. Raoufi! Well done!

"Soft Control" workshop at the TU Darmstadt

PC1 participated in the international "Soft Control" workshop at the TU Darmstadt together with groups from AIT (Austria), Twente (The Netherlands), Bath (UK) and the TU Darmstadt.

Physical Chemistry I participates in public science rally

The Physical Chemistry I participates in the public science rally ("Uni kommt in die Stadt") on September 8th 2013 with hands-on experiments revolving around indicator wound dressings for the in situ detection of bacterial infection in wounds.

Successful PC1 Master students honored at the "Jahresfeier" of the Faculty

During the ceremony at the "Jahresfeier" of the Faculty of Science and Technology on April 12th in the Apollo theater in Siegen, our successful recent alumni were handed their diplomas. We congratulate our Bachelor students Benedikt Steinhoff and Manuel Roesener! All our Master students, i.e. Inga Lilge, Stephanie Müller, Sven-Christian Sidenstein and Christian Schragen, received in addition to their Master diplomas also a special gift from the hands of the Dean Prof. Pietsch for their excellent performance. Marc Steuber, who could not attend, and Katrin-Stephanie Tücking, who is currently staying at the Mawson Institute of the University of South Australia in Adelaide as part of her Ph.D. program, also finished their degrees with excellent performance. Congratulations to you all and we are looking forward for continued success in your Ph.D. projects in PC1 and Christian all the best in his job in industry!

From the left: M.Sc. Inga Lilge, M.Sc. Stephanie Müller, Prof. Dr. Holger Schönherr, M.Sc. Sven-Christian Sidenstein, M.Sc. Christian Schragen

POLYCHAR 21: Materials Science Preis für Prof. Schönherr

Während der internationalen Tagung POLYCHAR 21 (POLYCHAR World Forum on Advanced Materials) in Gwangju (Südkorea) erhielt Prof. Dr. Holger Schönherr den Internationalen POLYCHAR Materials Science Preis in Anerkennung seiner hervorragenden Arbeiten auf den Gebieten der "Chemie und Physik von organischen und polymeren Oberflächen und Biogrenzflächen" sowie "seiner erfolgreichen internationalen Kooperation". Die Chemie und Physik von organischen und polymeren Oberflächen und Biogrenzflächen stehen zentral im Fokus der Forschung von Prof. Schönherrs internationalen Arbeitsgruppe, in der ein gut 25 köpfiges Team an selbst-organisierten Polymersystemen (vor allem Polymerkapseln und Hydrogelen zur Erkennung von Wundinfektionen und der Abgabe von Therapeutika), nanostrukturierten Polymeren, responsiven und schaltbaren Oberflächen, Oberflächenanalyse mittels Rasterkraftmikroskopie und der Selbstorganisation kleiner Mikrobausteine zur Herstellung asymmetrischer Mikroumgebungen für Untersuchungen von Zell-Oberflächenwechselwirkungen arbeiten.

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Gregor down under

In January and February 2013 Dipl.-Ing. Gregor Schulte spent two months in Adelaide at the University of South Australia. He stayed with the group of Nico Voelcker to carry out research within the "KOALA - Novel strategies for wound management" project. The visit was funded by "Marie Curie Actions - International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES)". Welcome back, Gregor!

Congratulations, Inga!

Inga's paper (covalently Cross-Linked Poly(acrylamide) Brushes on Gold with Tunable Mechanical Properties via Surface-Initiated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization, Inga Lilge, Holger Schönherr) was accepted in European Polymer Journal.

Congratulations, Wiktoria!

Wiktoria's paper (The effect of Peak Force Tapping Mode AFM imaging on the apparent shape of surface nanobubbles, Wiktoria Walczyk, Peter Schön, Holger Schönherr ) was accepted in J. Phys.: Condens. Matter

Bio-Nano Summerschool in Hirschegg 2012

Die Physikalische Chemie 1 nimmt vom 28.7 bis 4.8 2012 an der Bio-Nano Summerschool in Hirschegg (Kleinwalsertal, Österreich) teil.


DAAD - Fellowship for Dr. Sagar Pal

Dr. Sagar Pal, Indian School of Mines, Jharkhand, India, received a DAAD - Fellowship and is visiting our group in June and July 2012. Welcome, Dr. Pal!

POLYCHAR 20: IUPAC-Posterpreis für Sven Sidenstein

Bei der internationalen Fachtagung POLYCHAR 20 - 20th World Forum on Advanced Materials -, die vom 26. bis 30. März 2012 in Dubrovnik (Kroatien) stattfand wurde Sven-Christian Sidenstein, der zurzeit in der Physikalischen Chemie I seine Masterarbeit anfertigt, der IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) Posterpreis verliehen. In seinem Posterbeitrag "Internal organization does matter: Tracer-diffusion in poly(methyl acrylate) brushes and spin-coated films" (Mitautoren: Dr. Herbert Kneppe & Prof. Dr. Holger Schönherr) präsentierte Sven-Christian Sidenstein die Ergebnisse seiner Bachelorarbeit und erste Messergebnisse eines im Rahmen seiner Masterarbeit zusammen mit Dr. Kneppe konzipierten und realisierten Fluoreszenzmikroskopie-Experiments. Mit dem neuen Versuchsaufbau können die Rotation, Orientierung und Translation einzelner Farbstoffmoleküle in dünnsten Polymerschichten aufgezeichnet werden. Dabei standen neben der Synthese und Charakterisierung von sog. Polymerbürsten vor allem die Untersuchung des Diffusionsverhaltens von Farbstoffmolekülen in Schichten verschiedener Architektur im Fokus, sowie der Nachweis, dass tatsächlich die Rotation einzelner Farbstoffmoleküle als "Nanosonden" in seinem Versuchsaufbau mit hoher Zeitauflösung gemessen werden kann.

DAAD-Preis für Faria Afzal

Faria Afzal was awarded the "Preis des Deutschen Akademischen Austausch Dienstes 2011" for her Master thesis titled "A Novel Method for Petroleumbased Accelerant Detection in Arson with Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrocopy in Combination with Multivariate Data Analysis" (Betreuer: Dr. Henning Beer, Naturwiss.-Techn. Fakultät, Dept. Chemie). She received the price on November 17th, 2011, from Prof. Haring-Bolivar. Congratulations, Faria!

Bio-Nano Summerschool in Hirschegg 2011

Die gesamte Physikalische Chemie 1 nimmt vom 18. bis 24. September 2011 an der Bio-Nano Summerschool in Hirschegg (Kleinwalsertal, Österreich) teil.


Raphael-Eduard-Liesegang-Preis an Prof. Schönherr verliehen

Professor Dr. Holger Schönherr wurde am 6. September in Berlin anlässlich der 45. Hauptversammlung der deutschen Kolloidgesellschaft der reputable Raphael-Eduard-Liesegang-Preis verliehen. Die Verleihung des Preises erfolgte insbesondere "in Würdigung für seine Beiträge zur Herstellung organischer und polymerer Oberflächen und deren Analyse mittels Rastersondenmikroskopie". Urkunde und Gedenkmünze wurden Professor Schönherr vom Vorsitzenden der Kolloidgesellschaft Dr. Joachim Venzmer (Evonik Goldschmidt GmbH, Essen) überreicht.

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Prof. Schönherr erhält EU-Mittel in Höhe von 1,5 Million Euro

In der prestigeträchtigen Exzellenzförderung für Nachwuchswissenschaftler "ERC Starting Grant" konnte Prof. Dr. Holger Schönherr punkten. Er war mit seinem Antrag "ASMIDIAS" ("Asymmetric Microenvironments by Directed Assembly") erfolgreich. Mit knapp 1,5 Millionen Euro können er und sein internationales Team in den kommenden 5 Jahren die Selbstorganisation kleiner Mikrobausteine zur Herstellung asymmetrischer Mikroumgebungen erforschen.

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Die Physikalische Chemie I nimmt am 15. NRW-Tag in Siegen mit einem Experimentalbeitrag an der Unimeile im Herrengarten teil. Dabei wird Schülerinnen und Schülern mit Experimenten die Oberflächenspannung näher gebracht.

Posterbeitrag zum NRW-Tag


A delegation from the Materials Science and Technology group (University of Twente, MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology) visits our group. For the afternoon we organize a "minisymposium".


Regina Fuchs received a stipend of the Studienförderfonds Siegen for a "studentische Hilfskraft-Stelle" for 1 year to develop and refine a new microscopy setup in our group. Congratulations Regina! Sven Sidenstein also was awarded with a stipend of the Studienförderfonds Siegen. Wholehearted congratulations also to Sven!


M.Sc. Wiktoria Walczyk (previously University of Twente) obtained a stipend for "Stipendium für weibliche Studenten und Graduierte an der Universität Siegen" and will start in November as Ph.D. student in the group. Congratulations and welcome Wiktoria!


Dr. Bo Song (Tsinghua University, Beijing, PRC) received a postdoc grant of the Alexander-von-Humboldt foundation and will join the group for 2 years starting October 1st 2009. Congratulations and welcome Bo!


Dr. Jordi Díaz, University of Barcelona, visits our lab between 31. August & 4. September for joint AFM - EFM experiments. His stay is supported by a "Programma de Treball" grant of the University of Barcelona, for which he applied successfully.


We welcome our first international guest researcher: B.Sc. Sina Ghassemi (Nanotechnology program, MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente) will carry out research in the framework of his internship in the period of 15.05. - 15.08.2009.


Dr. Davide Tranchida secured a 1 year extension of his postdoc grant of the Alexander-von-Humboldt foundation. Congratulations, Davide!

25.03. 2009

G. Julius Vancso and Holger Schönherr (University of Twente, Netherlands) win an instrument grant in the Veeco Labs Research Grant Program, "HarmoniX Innovation" for "Chemically Sensitive Probing with HarmoniX".


Our first postdoc started his work. Dr. Davide Tranchida joined the group financed by a postdoc grant of the Alexander-von-Humboldt foundation. A very warm welcome, Davide!