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Chair of Sustainable and Functional Polymers – Jr-Prof. Dr. Meike Nicole Leiske

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Mai 2024


Welcome to the Sustainable and Functional Polymers Group! 

The Leiske research group focuses on synthesis and characterisation of sustainable and functional polymer materials. We design new materials from natural resources and analyse them using state of the art equipment. Tailoring the interaction of bioderived polymers with cells and biological matter is one of the major goals of our research.

News

2024

June 1st: Theresa joins us as postdoctoral researcher to work on a project of the SFB1357 Microplastic in our team. Welcome Theresa!

May 20th: A newspaper interview is published in Meike's hometown.

May 14th: Meike presents the group's research at BASF in Ludwigshafen in a Let's Talk R&D session.

Apr 29th: Natascha joins us for her bachelor thesis on polyzwitterions. Welcome Natascha!

Apr 15th: Lena joins us for her bachelor thesis on polyanions. Katja joins us for her bachelor thesis on thermoresponsive poly(cyclo imino ethers). Welcome Lena and Katja!

Apr 1st: Meike is now member of the scientific advisory board of the GDCh division of detergent chemistry.

Mar 18th: We are delighted to have received funding from the SFB/TRR225 (Biofabrication), enabling us to intensify collaborations within this excellent collaborative research center.

Mar 7th: Meike is invited to present the group's work on amino-acid-derived polyelectrolytes at the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Monash University.

Mar 5th: The German Research Foundation grants our project "Design of amino-acid-derived zwitterionic polymers with cellular specificty". Stay tuned for updates on this project. 

Feb 26th: Jonas presents his work on zwitterionic copolymers at the Macromolecular Symposium in Freiburg as poster presenter.

Feb 20th: Meike presents the group's work at the 38th Australasian Polymer Symposium as Keynote Speaker.

Feb 16th: Meike is now a member of the RSC family by being selected as member of the advisory board of RSC Applied Polymers

Feb 8th: Jonas's paper is accepted in ACS Polymers Au: Amino-acid-derived anionic polyacrylamides with tailored hydrophobicity - physiochemical properties and cellular interactions

Feb 2nd: Meike is now of officially a member of the ACS family, by being selected in the Early Career Board of ACS Biomacromolecules

Jan 22nd: Bianca joins us for a research project. Welcome Bianca!

Jan 8th: Max joins us for a research project. Welcome Max!

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2023

Dec 1st: Maria joins us as student assistant. Welcome Maria!

Nov 29th: Jiaxin joins us for her master thesis on novel zwitterionic polymers. Welcome Jiaxin!

Oct: Meike is now a member of the SFB/TRR225 (Biofabrication)

Oct: We are moving into our own labs. Stay tuned for updates in the Galery section soon.

Oct 1st: Martina joins our group as lab assistant. Welcome Martina!

Sep 17th: For the next 3 days, Bayreuth University will host the Bayreuth Polymer Symposium. Jonas presents a poster and Meike gives a talk about the group's research on amino-acid-derived polymers.

Aug: Jan-Luca joins us for a research project. Welcome Jan-Luca!

Aug: Katja joins us as student assistant. Welcome Katja!

Jul 31st: Paper accepted in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics: Amphiphilic zwitterionic bioderived block copolymers from glutamic acid and cholesterol - Ability to form nanoparticles and serve as vectors for the delivery of 6-mercaptopurine

Jul 18th: Adrian Press visits us to give a seminar as part of the Macromolecular Colloquium

Jul: Natascha joins us as student assistant. Welcome Natascha!

Jul: Meike is now a member of the Jena-Bayreuth Joint Lab for Polymers.

Jul: Meike is now a member of the Bavarian Polymer Institute.

May: Alexander joins us for his bachelor thesis. Welcome Alexander!

May: The group receives funding from the 'Fonds der chemischen Industrie im Verband der chemischen Industrie' to support their work.

May 11th: Meike gives her inaugural lecture at University of Bayreuth

Apr: Jessica joins us for a research project. Welcome Jessica!

Feb: Meike presents the group's work on amino-acid-derived polyzwitterions at the Macromolecular Colloquium Freiburg

Jan 13th: Paper accepted in European Polymer Journal: Poly(2-oxazoline)-derived star-shaped polymers as potential materials for biomedical applications: A review

Jan 6th: Paper accepted in Bioactive Materials: Impact of the polymer backbone chemistry on interactions of amino-acid-derived zwitterionic polymers with cells

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2022

Dec 1st: Jonas joins our group as very first PhD candidate. Welcome Jonas!

Dec 1st: Our groups starts at University of Bayreuth! :-)

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