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Polymers - Random Coils and Beyond

Martin Luther Universität Halle Wittenberg

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The graduate program in Polymers - Random Coils and Beyond from Martin Luther Universität Halle Wittenberg provides in-depth training in interdisciplinary soft matter research. This includes the design and preparation of specific materials, their characterization, and their theoretical understanding.

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 A thorough command of the basic principles of chemistry, physics and engineering of polymers and soft matter are aims of the training within our graduate school. All students work closely with a supervisor and meet a mentor regularly. In addition to the development of a broad background in polymer science, the acquisition of transferable skills is an important goal of the course program.

Research on synthetic and biological polymers

Polymer research at the graduate school comprises aggregation phenomena of proteins and investigations of lipid membranes in the field of biopolymers. For synthetic polymers, crystallization and self-healing concepts are in the focus. Doctoral students of the program in Polymers - Random Coils and Beyond from Martin Luther Universität Halle Wittenberg conduct their interdisciplinary studies and are closely connected with other groups in this wide range of polymer topics.

Scientific exchange and collaboration

More than 30 doctoral students are interconnected through our graduate school. Common projects, mutual support by, e.g., measurements in other research groups and seminars lead to active exchange. Highlights are full two-days advanced training modules giving an introduction to selected research methods. In addition, the faculty offers lectures on several polymer topics and lecture series by international guest researchers.

A diverse research field

The graduate school comprises the expertise of more than 15 leading scientists in polymer research in Halle (Saale) and Leipzig. This high number of working groups from the fields of Polymer and Soft Matter Physics as well as Polymer Chemistry enables a fast exchange and a highly interdisciplinary work. 

Research is carried out in the individual groups. Working as a doctoral student combines experimental investigations in the lab with the theoretical modeling and data analysis at the office desk. In Theoretical Physics and Chemistry the experiments are carried out on large computer clusters. Funding is mostly provided through grants by the German Research Foundation “Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft” (DFG).

Programme Structure

Research Topics:

Aggregation of biopolymers

  • Stages of amyloid formation
  • Folding, dynamics and stability of proteins
  • Effects of nanoparticles
  • Cataract formation
  • Simulation of amyloid structure formation
  • Investigation of isolated macromolecules in innovative traps
  • Monomolecular protein layers
Crystallization of synthetic polymers
  • Semi-crystalline structure formation
  • Supramolecular polymers
  • Simulation of crystallization
  • Polymers at surfaces
  • Influence of nano-patterned surfaces
  • Crystallization at the water/air interface
  • Influence of shear fields

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Academic requirements

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English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should have – or are about to obtain – a master degree, diploma or an equivalent degree in Natural Sciences or related fields. In general, students hold a degree in physics, chemistry or bioscience. 
  • This includes a written thesis, an written or oral test and two years of advanced course work. Degree certificates from non-german universities will have to be approved by the admissions office. 
  • Applicants should have a strong interest in the iRTG research program centered on the topic “Polymers: Random coils and beyond” and in cross-disciplinary projects.
  • Very good command of the English language in reading and writing is mandatory, knowledge of the German language is recommended and helpful, but not mandatory.
  • The application includes the email address of one referee willing to write a letter of recommendation.

Living costs for Halle

730 - 1100 EUR /month
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