Andreas Taden was born in Wittmund (Northern Germany) in 1976 and studied Chemistry at the Philipps-Universität Marburg and the Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh. After his diploma in 2001 with Prof. Andreas Greiner on metal-catalyzed norbornene grafting polymerization he joined the working group of Prof. Markus Antonietti at the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam/Golm. He completed his PhD dissertation on crystallization phenomena in miniemulsion systems in 2004 with summa cum laude and was awarded with a DFG-scholarship, which enabled him to go to the University of California, Santa Barbara, to work with Prof. David J. Pine as a postdoc on patchy colloidal particles. In 2005 he returned to Germany and decided to work with the Henkel AG & Co. KGaA Company ("Henkel"), where he initially started in the central cooperate chemical research department. Currently he works a principal scientist, where he takes responsibility in adhesive research and especially water-based systems.
Additional to his non-academic assignments, he initiated a close partnership cooperation together with Prof. Katharina Landfester and established a joint Henkel/MPI-Laboratory in Düsseldorf. As dedicated researcher he is convinced that the academic and non-academic environment should not necessarily be seen as two separate worlds, and in contrast can strongly benefit from each other.
His research interest are functional materials with unusual property combinations, typically based on intrinsically incompatible and phase separating components working together in a cooperative manner under morphology control. In this context three simple concepts are frequently recurring and often combined elements of his work: confinement, compatibility and crosslinking.
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