Karlsruher instituT für technologie

KIT Team

Prof. Dr. Michael Meier
ESR supervisor

PhD in Polymer Chemistry; Full professor (tenured) at KIT; Associate editor of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering; Golden Thesis Award 2006 from the Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI). 225 refereed papers and >100 invited international conference presentations (h-index= 54).

Main expertise: Synthesis of highly defined polymer architectures and the sustainable use of renewable raw materials for polymer chemistry.

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Dr. Dafni Moatsou
ESR supervisor

PhD in Chemistry from the University of Warwick. She was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship during her postdoc at the Adolphe Merkle Institute. As of 2018, she is a junior research group leader at KIT working on linking the composition of polymeric materials to their macroscopic properties. 16 refereed papers (h-index = 9).

Main expertise: functional copolymers, macromolecular characterization, structure-property relationships.

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KIT was established by the merger of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH and the Universität Karlsruhe (TH) in 2009. KIT combines the tasks of a university of the state of Baden-Württemberg with those of a research center of the Helmholtz Association in the areas of research, teaching, and innovation. KIT combines the traditions of a renowned technical university and a major large-scale research institution in a very unique way. With almost 6000 scientific staff and 25000 students, KIT assumes responsibility for contributing to the sustainable solution of the grand challenges that face the society, industry, and the environment. The research will be performed at the Institute for Organic Chemistry (IOC) of KIT, with a long tradition in organic synthesis and catalysis, for instance evidenced by one of its formed professors, the world famous Prof. Criegee. In the working group of Prof. Meier at the IOC, leading expertise in the sustainable use of renewable resources for polymer chemistry is recognized by scientists worldwide. Strong competence in catalysis and the development of efficient and sustainable derivatization protocols of renewables for the synthesis of monomers as well as polymers. Internal and external collaborative links to heterogeneous catalysis and biocatalysis as well as engineering and product property investigation are well established.