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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Kurt Kremer receives the Berni J. Alder CECAM prize

The Berni J. Alder prize awarded by CECAM every three years goes to GRK PI Kurt Kremer for "exceptional contributions to the microscopic simulation of polymers, setting the standards for using numerical simulation to probe conceptual issues in polymer physics and establishing it as an indispensable tool in materials science" (read more). Congratulations!

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Pol and Thomas receive „Forcheurs Jean-Marie Lehn” 2022

GRK PI Pol Besenius and Mercator fellow Thomas Hermans have been awarded the prestigious „Forcheurs Jean-Marie Lehn” prize in 2022. The price goes to promising cooperations of young German-French researchers. Congratulations!

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SupraChem 2022, New dates: 3–5 July 2022

SupraChem 2022 will be held in Mainz on 3–5 July 2022, and will take place on the premises of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research and the Johannes Gutenberg University campus. This national meeting will be the 6th conference of this biannual series that assembles all supramolecular chemists and scientists from related fields for two daysWe would like to invite you to visit the conference homepage ( which provides regular updates about invited Keynote Lectures as well as detailed information about the technical and social program. We expect to open and announce the call for abstract submission in October.

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