Short CV/Education and training

  • 1981 – 1986
    Studied chemistry at Dresden University of Technology, Germany

  • 1986
    Diplom degree in chemistry, topic: Contributions to research on atmospheric corrosion mechanisms

  • 1986 – 1991
    Research assistant, Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Dresden University of Technology

  • 1992
    PhD from the Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Dresden University of Technology

  • 1992 – 1993
    Postdoc at the Centre de Recherches sur la Physico-Chimie des Surfaces Solides (CNRS), Mulhouse, France

  • Since 1993
    Research associate at the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research (IPF), Dresden, Germany

  • 1993 – 2004
    Project director, "physico-chemistry of surfaces and interfaces, surface characterisation of polymers, powder coatings, polymer melts, thin layers, ultra thin layers, physico-chemical investigations of protein adsorption on plane and dispersed solid surfaces methods: surface thermodynamics (acid-base and surface energy characterisation), inverse gas chromatography, gas and vapour sorption, in-situ ellipsometry"

  • Since 2005
    Head of a research group in the Department of Nanostructured Materials, research area: "functional and nanostructured polymer surfaces and thin films, coatings, sensors, lab on a chip systems, polymer brushes, interfacial adsorption, biocompatible surfaces"

Selected publications

  • Hoy, O. et al.: Synthetic hydrophilic materials with tunable strength and a range of hydrophobic interactions. In: Advanced Functional Materials 20, 2010. pp. 2240-2247.

  • Bittrich, E. et al.: Complex pH- and temperature-sensitive swelling behavior of mixed polymer brushes. In: Journal of Polymer Science: Part B: Polymer Physics 48, 2010. pp. 1606-1615.

  • Burkert, S. et al.: Protein resistance of PNIPAAm brushes: Application to switchable protein adsorption. In: Langmuir 26. 2010. pp. 1786-1795.

  • Truman, P. et al.: A stack of functional nanolayers for simultaneous emulsion separation and sensing. In: Advanced Materials 21, 2009. p. 3601.

  • Gupta, S. et al.: Gold nanoparticles immobilized on stimuli responsive polymer brushes as nanosensors. In: Macromolecules 41, 2008. pp. 8152-8158.

  • Gupta, S. et al.: Covalent immobilization of quantum dots on macroscopic surfaces using poly(acrylic acid) brushes. In: Journal of Materials Chemistry 18, 2008. pp. 214-220.

  • Zschech, D. et al.: Transfer of sub-30-nm patterns from templates based on supramolecular assemblies. In: Macromolecules 40, 2007. pp. 7752-7754.

  • Uhlmann, P. et al.: In-situ investigation of the adsorption of globular model proteins on stimuli responsive binary polyelectrolyte Brushes. In: Langmuir 23, 2007. pp. 57-64.

  • Truman, P., Uhlmann, P., Stamm, M.: Monitoring liquid transport and chemical composition in lab on a chip systems using ion sensitive FET devices. In: Lab on a Chip 6, 2006. pp. 1220-1228.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Director of the technical committee on "coating materials" and involvement in the technical committee of the German Research Society for Surface Treatments (DFO), Neuss, Germany


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