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Our research group is located at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and affiliated with the University of Heidelberg. Our research is focused on the synthesis and application of biofunctional materials, surfaces and nanoparticles.



Congratulations toDr. Anna Popovafor receiving the Poster Award at a conference on Personalized Health organized by EMBL and Stanford in Heidelberg.


Congratulations toDr. Mijanur Mollafor receiving the prestigiousAlexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship!


Our thirdAdvanced Materialspaper this year has been accepted.

In this case, it is a review "Combinatorial Approach to Nanoarchitectonics for Nonviral Delivery of Nucleic Acids". CongratulationsMijanur!


Another paper has been accepted inNano Letters. Congratulations toMona Jaggyand all co-authors including Prof. Bastmayer and Dr. Blattner (KIT) for an excellent collaboration!

The title of our paper is

"Hierarchical Micro-Nano Surface Topography Promotes Long-term Maintenance of Undifferentiated Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells"

In this paper we present evidence that hierarchical surface roughness at the micro and nano scale promotes long-term maintenance of undifferentiated stem cells.


Our paper "Freestanding MOF Microsheets with Defined Size and Geometry using Superhydrophobic-Superhydrophilic Arrays" has been accepted inAdvanced Materials Interfaces. Congratulations to all co-authors includingWenqianandDr. Manuel Tsotsalasfrom IFG, KIT.


Anna´sAdvanced Materialspaper is online.


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Xinhas successfully defended his PhD in Heidelberg University. Congratulations!


Tina Cruz and Ivana Pini join our group. Welcome!


Anna Popova´s paper has been accepted inAdvanced Materials. Congratulations, Anna!
This interesting paper introduces a novel miniaturized platform for high-throughput screening of cells in individual microdroplets formed on a superhydrophobic-superhydrophilic microarray. The title of the paper is "Droplet-Array (DA) Sandwich Chip: a Versatile Platform for High Throughput Cell Screenings Based on Superhydrophobic-Superhydrophilic Micropatterning".


Celebration of 20th anniversary of Helmholtz Association in Berlin.

Angela Merkel attended the event and gave a good speech about Helmholtz Association and future developments.

On the photo, right to left: Dr. Merkel, Prof. Mlynek (current head of Helmholtz Association), Prof. Wiestler (future head of Helmholtz Association, currently head of DKFZ):


A PhD position is open. Motivated and experienced organic chemists are welcome to apply by sending all necessary application documents including a cover letter explaining their motivation to join our group to "levkin at" with "PhD applicant" in the subject field.


Our new very interesting paper titled "Reversible and Rewritable Surface Functionalization and Patterning via Photodynamic Disulfide Exchange" has been accepted toAdvanced Materials. Congratulations toXin Du!


OurERC Proof-of-Concept Grant "CellScreenChip"has been preliminary accepted. The goal of this grant is to perform precommerciallization of a Cell-Screen-Chip to establish a platform for miniaturized cell-based diagnostic applications.


Congratulations toWenqianandLinxianwith the acceptance of his paper byAngewandte Chemie! Wenqian and Linxian introduced a tetrazole-thiol reaction - a novel photochemical reaction that enables highly efficient surface functionalization and polymer conjugation. Well done!


Some pictures from a ceremony in Berlin where the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize was awarded:

Mit DFG-Generalsekretärin Dorothee Dzwonnek (l.) und Staatssekretärin Cornelia Quennet-Thielen (r.)

More info at DFG.


Pavel Levkin receives the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize from the DFG and BMBF

Pavel Levkin erhält Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis

Wichtigste deutsche Auszeichnung für den Forschungsnachwuchs – Polymerchemiker entwickelt neuartige Materialien für die molekulare Zellbiologie

Der Chemiker Dr. Pavel Levkin vom Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) erhält den Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis 2015. Die von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) verliehene Auszeichnung gilt als wichtigster Preis für den Forschungsnachwuchs in Deutschland. Zu den wissenschaftlichen Schwerpunkten von Pavel Levkin gehören die Erforschung von Zell-Oberflächen-Interaktionen, die Entwicklung von biofunktionalen Materialien und super-wasserabstoßenden Oberflächen sowie Nanopartikeln für den gezielten Medikamenten- und Gentransport. Ein großer wissenschaftlicher Erfolg gelang ihm mit der Synthese von lipidartigen Molekülen zur Genmodifikation von Zellen.


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Tina Cruz joins our group as a PhD student. Tina will work on the application of the Droplet Microarray platform for screening of stem cells in order to investigate factors that can be used to control stem cell differentiation and maintenance of pluripotency. Welcome, Tina!


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