Functional Polymers

Published on November 7, 2016

This video deals with the synthesis of functional or “smart”polymers. These interesting polymers respond to an external stimulus by changing their properties reversibly. Such stimuli can be for example light or mechanical force. Such polymers can be used for interesting applications, which are investigated within the Collaborative Research Center 677, which is called “Function by switching”, at Kiel University.

Staubitz Group | Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany

Prof. Anne Staubitz holds a post as an associate professor at the University of Bremen. One of her research thrust has developed within the collaborative network CRC 677 “Function by Switching”, which is concerned with switchable polymeric systems and their application in materials science. This research is still conducted at Kiel University where Anne Staubitz has a part-time associate professorship.

Dr. Jörn Schmidt-Lassen was a former co-worker in Anne Staubitz research group and interested in the field of polymer chemistry. His research aim was to incorporate molecular switches into polymers.

M.Sc. Jan-Ole Springer is a PhD student in Anne Staubitz group. He is interested in challenging polymer reactions and switching polymers.


Diversely halogenated spiropyrans – Useful synthetic building blocks for a versatile class of molecular switches
M. Schulz-Senft, P. J. Gates, F. D. Sönnichsen, A. Staubitz, Dyes Pigm. 2017, 136, 292-301.

Mechanopolymerchemie – Molekulare Wirkung durch Kraft
M. Schulz-Senft, M. Lipfert and A. Staubitz, Chem. unserer Zeit 2014, 48, 200–214.

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