Congratulations Dr. Stach

Many congratulations to GRK student and former student spokesperson Oliver Stach for successfully defending his PhD thesis. Bravo, Dr. Stach!

#MindsOfMainz Podcast with Yuqing Wang

In the "Minds of Mainz – der Gutenberg-Talk" Podcast series of the JGU Mainz one the student speakers Yuqing Wang gives insights into the graduate education and research focus of our RTG 2516, and the close exchange between theoretical and experimental research groups in chemistry and physics at the Universities of Mainz, Darmstadt and Stuttgart, together with the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research. Check it out here.

Arash Nikoubashman joins TU Dresden and Leibniz IPF as Heisenberg Professor

Arash Nikoubashman has moved to the Technische Universität Dresden and the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF) as Heisenberg Professor on "Theory of Biologically Inspired Polymers" (read more), and remains affiliated to our GRK as associate PI.
Congratulations Arash, and many thanks for your continued enthusiasm and commitment to our graduate training group!

GRK Students Mini-Symposium, 28th Nov. 2023

The student members of the GRK will present research updates and focus on their tandem partnerships. The presentations are limited to the GRK PhD students, while all associate students and PIs are invited and expected to participate.
The students will present as pairs, highlighting their research in a single presentation. There will be 15 minutes for the presentations, followed by 15 minutes for discussions.

Date: Tuesday Nov. 28th
Time: 14–18 hs. (we’ll end with a pot luck party)
Place: Newton Room 01-122, Building 2413, Staudingerweg 9.
Format: hybrid

14:00 – Research Area A: Phillip + Bhuwan
14:30 – Research Area B: Gokul + Oliver + Leila (20 + 20 minutes)
15:10 – Coffee Break
15:30 – Research Area C: Melis + Yashraj
16:00 – Research Area D: Jude + Torsten
16:30 – Refreshments

Molecular Nanotour Symposium, Mainz 13 Sept. 2023

Maximilian Hielscher, Oliver Stach and the GRK2516 students in Mainz, together with Annemarie Doze, Ilayda Peduk, Alexandra Matei, Max Fellert and Rosa Marquez Garcia from the group of Prof. Ben Feringa in Groningen, organise and host the Molecular Nanotour Symposium 2023. The Symposium takes place in the Schulz-Horner Building of the JGU Mainz campus on September 13th.

For more information about the Molecular Nanotour and details on the Symposium, please visit the website: A scientific program can be found here.




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Maastricht – Mainz Mini Symposium 2023, June 1st

The students of the GRK 2516 host a joint Maastricht – Mainz Symposium on 'Interfacing Biomaterials: from Dynamic Materials to Bioprinting', to be held in the Staudinger lecture room of the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research. Please register to the event using the following registration form (deadline is May 26th).

Date: June 1st, 2023

Time: 13:00 – 17:30

Place: Staudinger Lecture Hall, MPI-P, Ackermannweg 10, 55128 Mainz

There will be a barbecue at the end of the day. All registered participants are invited.


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Mainz awarded the SFB1552, led by Prof. Seiffert and colleagues of the GRK

We are proud to announce that the DFG approved funding for the Collaborative Research Center SFB1552 "Defects and Defect Engineering in Soft Matter", led by Professor Sebastian Seiffert, together with PIs of the GRK2516 Prof. Dr. Kurt Kremer, Director of the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Katrin Amann-Winkel and Prof. Dr. Friederike Schmid from the Institute for Physics JGU, Prof. Dr. Andreas Walther and Prof. Dr. Pol Besenius from the Department of Chemistry JGU.

You can read the press announcement here (page in German).

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PI Meeting, April 18th 2023

We will have the next meeting of the GRK2516 principal investigators on Tuesday April 18th 2023. It will take place at Wasem Kloster Engelthal in Ingelheim.
On the agenda are an update on current projects and plans for the next cohort of students. In addition, we will start planing the proposal for the next funding cycle.

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Workshop 2022, Pictures

The Workshop "Controlling Structure Formation in Soft Materials", held in Mainz on October 10–13, was a success and we would like to thank all participants for their contribution. We are looking forward to the next one, planned for 2025!

Best Poster Awards
Congratulations to Janka Bauer, Rodrique Badr, and Álvaro López-Acosta, winners of the Best Poster Award.

Pol Besenius, Rodrique Badr, Janka Bauer, and Álvaro López-Acosta (l. to r.)

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Janka & Yuqing elected new student speakers

Janka Bauer and Yuqing Wang were elected in February as the new student speakers of the GRK2516 for 2023. We are looking forward to working together!
We extend special thanks to Oliver Stach and Anastasios Sourpis, who did a great job as speakers for the year 2022, especially for the organization of the Workshop in October 2022.

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