Sept 10th 2020:

Congratulations! Sebastian Beckers successfully defended his PhD thesis about drug delivery in plants in an online exam. Well done, Basti!

May 6th 2020:

The second online defense of our team! Congratulations to Dr. Tobias Haider who defended his PhD thesis on biodegradable polymers succesfully via Skype.

May 4th 2020:

The first online defense in Mainz was successful! We congratulate Dr. Tassilo Gleede for an excellent presentation of his results on the anionic polymerization of aziridines via Skype.

July 2019:

PlastiSphere's Podcast about biodegradable and biobased polymers is online, interview parts with Frederik.

July 2019:

Frederik was interviewed about bioplastics for "The Guardian".

July 2019:

Sebastian and Frederik are interviewed by the German TV station SAT.1 about nanocarriers in plant protection (the clip shows the procedure to treat grapevine plants on test vineyards in Neustadt).

April 2019:

Tassilo's talk at the 257th ACS spring meeting in Orlando was selected as "Best Presentation" in the POLY Session! Congratulations! Tassilo presented his PhD results on the anionic polymerization of aziridines to sequenced copoylmers.

April 2019:

Frederik was interviewed by the "Dresdner Morgenpost" about plastic waste.

May 6th 2019, Budapest:

Frederik received the EPJ Award 2019, which was awarded during the 6th International Symposium Frontiers in Polymer Science.

April 25th 2019, Mainz:

Congratulations Dr. Hisaschi Tee, who successfully defended his PhD thesis about the degradation of polyphosphoesters.

5th March 2019:

Frederik Wurm has been selected for the "Polymer Chemistry 2019 Lectureship Award".

1st March 2019:

Frederik Wurm has been selected for the "Materials Today European Polymer Journal (EPJ) 2018 Award" with the research article on the hydrolytic degradation of polyphosphoesters. Announcement

25th February 2019:

Congratulations! Tassilo Gleede wins the Poster Prize at the Macromolecular Colloquium in Freiburg with his poster " Living anionic polymerization of aziridines tolerates water and gives fast access to amphiphilic multi-block copolymers"

22nd February 2019:

MPIP researchers talk about polymers and plastics in German TV (3sat: scobel). Prof. Landfester and Dr. Wurm are interviewed about challenges and solutions for plastic packaging.

21th September 2018:

"Bioplastik" TV Interview from 3sat nano about biodegradable plastic bags (in German). Available in the 3sat mediathek.

19th September 2018:

"Mit Nanotechnik gegen Schrumpeltrauben" Radio broadcast on nanocarriers in agriculture on Radio Deutschlandfunk (in German).

23rd August 2018:

"Was wenn nicht Plastik?" Frederik was interviewed about biodegradable polymers form Zeit online.

July 5th 2018:

Frederik was interviewed by the SWR (radio show: "Global") about the research on nanocarriers for drug delivery in plants (in German).

28th June 2018:

Frankfurt, "Bürger-Universität 2018":

Panel discussion about plastics and the environment. Frederik takes part at the public discussion at the ISOE (Institute for Social Ecological Research) - together with Dr. Johanna Kramm (ISOE), Dr. Carolin Völker (ISOE).

18th June 2018:

Frederik and his team treated more than 100 grapevine plants against a fungal disease with biodegradable nanocarriers. The interview from the vineyard was recently broadcasted on the radiostation BR2 and is available via the BR2 website (in German, minutes 9:00-14:20)

May 22nd 2018:

Frederik talks about biobased and biodegradable polymers at Cradle-to-Cradle e.V. in Mainz.

May 2018:

"Plastik, gut verträglich." The research on biodegradable polymers of the "Functional Polymers" group was highlighted in the Max Planck Forschung (in German). English version will be online in the upcoming issue.

20. April 2018:

Techmax (Link: about microplastics and degradable polymers is online! Our research about degradable polymers summarized (in German) for schools in Germany and as download:

April 2018

Congratulations Dr. Elisabeth Rieger on succesfully defending her PhD thesis "Living Anionic Polymerization of Activated Aziridines".

26. February 2018 Congratulations!

Thomas Wolf successfully passed his Ph.D. examination in February 2018.

15. December 2017 Congratulations!

Kristin Bauer successfully defended her PhD thesis with the title: “In-Chain Poly(phosphonate)s: Synthesis, Degradation and Biomedical Applications”

Christmas Outing 2017

3. November 2017 Congratulations!

Greta Becker successfully defended her PhD thesis with the title: “Functional Poly(phosphoester)s: Variation of Solubility, Thermal Stability, Film Formation and Gelation“

December 2017:

Dr. Frederik Wurm is very grateful for funding from the Dr. Otto Röhm Foundation to promote his research.


Frederik Wurm (left) together with Thomas Wessel (right; Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chemical Industry Fund) on the evening of November 23, 2017 at Evonik in Essen (Germany).

Frederik Wurm receives Lecturer Award of the German Chemical Industry Fund

November 2017:

Frederik was interviewed by the Radio station „Deutsche Welle“ about plastics in German supermarkets.

October 2017 Congratulations!

Jens C. Markwart wins the poster prize at the MAINZ Students Seminar 2017 in Amsterdam. “Structural variation in phosphorus-containing polymeric flame retardants”

September 2017 Congratulations!

Thomas Wolf wins the price for the best young researcher presentation at the International Symposium on Ionic Polymerization in Durham!

August 2017:

"Kunststoffe sind mehr als Müll" - Seite 6-7, die Arbeit der AG Wurm an abbaubaren Kunststoffalternativen wurde in der Chemie Extra erwähnt.

27.4.2017 Max Planck Forum about "Plastics"

Frederik takes part in a discussion about the sustainability of plastics together with project partners of the project PlastX.

April 2017:

"Plastik - nicht nur Müll" ("plastics - not just waste") - Frederik was interviewed about the research on degradable polymers as alternatives for commodity plastics.

22.3.2017 Congratulations !!

Dr. Sarah Christmann (nee Wald) successfully defended her PhD "Synthesis of functional amphiphilic block copolymers as stabilizer for various nanocarriers and further surface functionalization to change protein interactions"


Elisabeth Rieger wins the poster prize at the Freiburg Macromolecular Colloquium 2017. "Let's get things in order: sequence-controlled anionic polymerization of activated aziridines"

26.1.2017 Congratulations:

We congratulate Dr. Laura Thomi to her succesfull PhD defense. "Functional Nanocarriers as Compartments for Artificial Cells"

23.1.2017 Congratulations:

Dr. Keti Piradashvili defended her PhD with the title "Biodegradable Protein Nanocarriers for Drug Delivery"

10.10. 2016:

Seong-Min was selected for the Materials Horizons Community Board!



Greta Becker has won the Oral Award Contest 1st prize for her talk "Adhesive or Stealth Properties? The Versatility of Poly(phosphoester)s", sponsored by Springer. The talk was held at the International Conference on Advanced Polymers, Biomaterials, Bioengineering & Nano Drug Delivery (APA'16) in Flic en Flac, Maurtitius on September 5-7, 2016.

15.6.2016: Congratulations!

Dr. Arda Alkan successfully defended his PhD with the title: "Water-Soluble Metallocene-Containing Poly(ethylene glycol)s as Multi-Stimuli-Responsive Materials for Catalysis, Coatings and Staining"

14.6.2016: Congratulations!

Dr. Doungporn Yiamsawas completed her PhD with the title: "Lignin Biomaterial - from Enzyme-Responsive Vehicles to Carbon Precursor"


Dr. Frederik Wurm has successfully completed his Habilitation with the title " Molecular Control of Interactions: Poly( phosphoester)s and Smart Nanocarriers". The habilitation lecture entitled "Sequence-Controlled Polymers" was held on April 6, 2016. The subsequent inaugural lecture on "Multifunctional polymers for precise adjustable molecular interactions" was celebrated in the auditorium of the MPIP on May 11, 2016.

BMBF Project "PlastX - Plastics as systemic risk for social-ecological supply systems." granted.

In this interdisciplinary BMBF project together with the "Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung (ISOE) GmbH" in Frankfurt/Main (D) the department of "Physical Chemistry of Polymers" will be responsible for the development and assessment of plastic alternatives and biodegradable materials (group of Dr. Frederik Wurm).

February 2016:

Stealth effect of nanocarriers conferred more precisely. Our paper on unravelling the stealth effect of nanocarriers was highlighted on the Informationsdienst Wissenschaft.

26.11.2015: Congratulations

Dr. Biao Kang! He successfully defended his PhD work "Carbohydrate nanocarriers in biomedical application: construction and surface modification"

January 2016:
PPEs on the Cover of Biomacromolecules: Polyphosphonate-Protein Conjugates have been studied by neutron scattering.

September 2015:

Greta Becker wins the Poster Prize at the ACS Polymers in Biology and Medicine Meeting.

July 2015:

AG Wurm at the Symposium for Ionic Polymerization (IP'15) in Bordeaux - daytrip to Arcachon (left to right: G. Becker, F. Wurm, A. Alkan, T. Wolf, E. Rieger)

Greta Becker wins Poster Prize at the Symposium for Ionic Polymerization (IP'15) in Bordeaux - "Poly(phosphoester)s as shielding polymers: Investigations on the stealth effect of PPEylated nanocarriers"

Tobias' review about poly(phosphoester)s appeared in Angewandte Chemie


Carbohydrate Nanocarriers


Tailoring the stealth properties of biocompatible polysaccharide nanocontainers


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