The project intends to lay the foundation for a new, interdisciplinary field of research on functional gradient polymeric materials. In general, functionally gradient materials are defined by a progressive variation in composition, microstructure, or atomic order in one or more dimensions, determining a gradual change of a material property as a function of position. Four research groups will work jointly on the generation of such functionally gradient materials in 1D molecular redox-active polymer chains, 2D multi-stimuli-responsive polymer surfaces and mesoscopic hydrogel particles. The project is supported by Eucor – The European Campus in the “Research and Innovation” category of the Seed Money scheme.

Contact:

Karlsruhe: Patrick Théato
Freiburg: Birgit Esser and Jürgen Rühe
Strasbourg: Jean-François Lutz