Methods

We use the following methods for desing and physico-chemical characterisation of materials on nano-, micro- and macroscale

 

Synthesis of polymers

  • organic synthesis of monomers
  • free radical polymerisation
  • controlled radical polymerisation (ATRP)
  • polycondensation

 

Processing

Fabrication of fibers

  • melt spinning (monofilaments and side-by-side fibers)
  • electrospinning
  • wet and dry spinning 

Preparation of films 

  • spincoating 
  • dipcoating 

Structuring of materials

  • photolihtography 
  • 3D printing

 

Characterisation

  • electron microscopy (SEM, cryoSEM, TEM, cryoTEM)
  • X-ray scattering (SAXS, WAXS)
  • atomic force microscopy (AFM)
  • mechanical and thermomechanical analysis (tensile testing, dynamic mechanical analysis, rheology)
  • light scattering (SLS, DLS)
  • size-exclusion chromatography (SEC HPLC with RID, SLS, Fluorescence and Photometry detectors)
  • thermal analysis (DSC, TGA)