Research Area

Biomaterials

Polymer Synthesis

One focus of our work is the synthesis of biocompatible and biodegradable polymers, especially polyesters and polyurethanes based on functional monomer/oligomer building blocks and their further processing into hybrid materials (combined with other, especially inorganic materials).

According to the composition and structure of the monomeric building blocks (linear, branched, star-shaped, mono-, di-, polyfunctional) as well as the reaction control (co-, terpolymerization), completely new combinations of properties can be generated within the polymers. This considerably expands their range of applications and forms the basis for the multifunctionality of polymer materials.

  • Synthesis of biodegradable polyesters by ring-opening polymerization of different lactones (e.g. L-, D-, D/L-lactide, p-dioxanone, ε-caprolactone) in the presence of suitable initiators (substrates containing hydroxyl groups)
  • Modification of oligomeric esters with di- or triisocyanates and subsequent chain extension with diols or diamines to form controlled degradable polyurethanes or polyureas
  • Synthesis of antibacterial polymers with quaternary ammonium groups by conventional and surface-based polymerization processes (e.g. ATR polymerization)

We would be pleased to take over your custom synthesis. Detailed information about the synthesizable compounds can be found here.

Dr. Matthias Schnabelrauch

Head of Department
Biomaterials

e-mail
Phone: +49 3641 282512

Dr. Ralf Wyrwa

Head of Department
Biomaterials

e-mail
Phone: +49 3641 282512