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Dr. Guillaume Delaittre will take up his professorship in the Department of Organic Chemistry by 01.04.2020.

As professor for Organic Functional Molecules, he will pursue his research in the area of functional polymer synthesis and nanomaterials.

Prof. Guillaume Delaittre was born and studied in France. After obtaining his PhD in Polymer Chemistry at Sorbonne Université in Paris under Prof. Bernadette Charleux, he carried out postdoctoral research at the Radboud University Nijmegen with Profs. Roeland Nolte and Jeroen Cornelissen.

He moved to Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow in the groups of Profs. Christopher Barner-Kowollik and Martin Bastmeyer at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. This is where he then started his independent carrier as Principal Investigator in 2013, until 2019. From 2018 on, he has held the position of Group Leader for Polymer Chemistry and Functional Surfaces at the German Textile Research Center North-West (DTNW) in Krefeld.

He was until now Professor for Macromolecular Chemistry and Plastics Technology at the University of Applied Sciences Aachen (Jülich Campus), where he taught in German and English.

We are excited to announce that he is joining our department.

His research interests revolve around:

  • Macromolecular chemistry, with future directions towards sustainable raw materials and biodegradability
  • Control of molar mass distribution and functionality using reversible-deactivation radical polymerizations, particularly nitroxide-mediated polymerization and RAFT polymerization, and ring-opening polymerizations
  • Functional polyoxazolines (water-soluble, biocompatible, antifouling, antibacterial)
  • Polymer nanoobjects via polymerization-induced self-assembly (nanoparticles, nanofibers, micro/nanovesicles)
  • Photochemistry (coupling, polymerization, surface functionalization)
  • Surface-reactive nanostructured materials
  • Protein/enzyme conjugation and stabilization (polymer armoring via grafting or wrapping)

Ph.D positons will be available soon. Follow Prof. Delaittre on Twitter.