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Diversity is Strength! 

Dr. Mo Sun

Mo joined Walther Lab in May 2019 after earning his Ph.D from Nankai University in 2014 followed by postdoctoral stays at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and University of California Los Angeles. He is working on DNA based active materials.

Dr. Ralf Hanselmann

Staff scientist with a background in physical polymer chemistry

Dr. Indrajit Maity

Indrajit joined Walther Lab in early 2019 after obtaining his Ph.D from Indian Institute of Technology Indore (IIT Indore) in 2015 followed by a long term postdoctoral stay at Prof. Gonen Askenasy Lab in Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. His research interests focus on broad range of topics from supramolecular self-assembly to system chemistry including dissipative system, self-replication and non-linear phenomena such as bistability, oscillating reaction networks. Currently, he is working on the development of mechanical training-based polymer memory materials under out of equilibrium.

Dr. Avik Samanta

Avik joined Walther Lab in 2017 after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Münster, Germany in 2015 followed by a postdoctoral stay at the Northwestern University, USA. His research interests span a broad range of topics focusing largely on macrocyclic chemistry, artificial membrane, and dissipative self-assembly. Currently, he is developing kinetically driven self-assembly pathways using a symbiotic control of thermal responsiveness and sequence-specific hybridization of DNA multiblock polymers

Dr. Xuyang Yao

Xuyang Yao obtained his B.S. degree in applied chemistry in 2011 and Ph.D. in applied chemistry in 2016 under the supervision of Professor He Tian from East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST). During his PhD, he also worked in a collaborative project that combined supramolecular self-assembling systems with nanopore technology with Professor Yitao Long’s group. After obtaining his PhD, he worked for one year in the same institute with Professor Xiang Ma to study room-temperature-phosphorescence materials before moving to the University of Freiburg as post-doc for the joint FRIAS-USIAS project between Profs. Andreas Walther and Nicolas Giuseppone. Xuyang Yao will also work at the University of Strasbourg for half of the project period. His research interest focuses on controllable and functional supramolecular self-assemblies, polymers, and supramolecular light-responsive systems and optical materials.

Cecilia Oluwadunsin Akintayo

I studied chemistry at Clausthal University of Technology and i'm now enrolled in the "Master of Sustainable Materials – Polymer Sciences" program at the University of Freiburg. Cecilia is now working on her PhD thesis in the framework of the DFG Cluster of Excellence livMatS and is interested in mechano-adaptive DNA hydrogels.

Tansy Abbasoglu

I came from Turkey. I graduated in Chemistry from Bogazıcı University. I am continuing my studies in the International Master program of Polymer Science between the University of Freiburg and Strasbourg. I am currently working on my master thesis in the group based on vitrimer chemistry and bio-inspired nanocomposites.

David Boecherer

After studying in Freiburg and doing a research internship at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg in the field of nanocellulose composites, I joined the Walther group to complete my master degree.

In my master thesis I´m working on the synthesis and analysis of trainable materials.

Guido Creusen

I joined the Walther group as a PhD candidate after completing my Chemistry degree at the RWTH Aachen University. The aim of my research is the development of bioinspired polymer hybrid materials with unusual mechanical and active properties.

Sunel de Kock

I come from South Africa and studied chemistry at the University of Stellenbosch. I have a background in computational chemistry and I'm currently enrolled in the MSc Sustainable Materials - Polymer Science at the universities of Freiburg and Strasbourg. As part of this MSc, I'm doing a research internship in the Walther group aimed at producing polymer nanocomposite materials with mechanochromic luminescence.

Jie Deng

Jie Deng received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees both in Polymer Materials at Sichuan University, China. After a short stay in Prof. Joachim P. Spatz’s group at the MPI for Medical Research he joined Prof. Andreas Walther’s group at the University of Freiburg for PhD thesis on DNA based active matter and time-programmed materials.

Alex Eckert

Alex studied at the FH Aachen and now conducts his PhD in the field of nacre-mimetics in a joint supervision between Aachen (FH + DWI) and Freiburg

Giorgio Fusi

Giorgio is originally from Varese, Italy. He completed his Bachelors and Masters degree in Chemistry at Lancaster University in the UK, with a focus on supramolecular and materials chemistry. Giorgio joined the Walther group in September 2019 as a PhD student, working on stimuli-responsive, adaptive and programmable hydrogel materials with a view to soft robotic applications. He is part of the ETN CREANET.

Saskia Gröer

After graduating from the RWTH Aachen I moved along with the Walther Group to Freiburg. My PhD topic aims at self-assembling bioinspired systems.

Jonas Heckel

Jonas Heckel studied chemistry in Freiburg and is now working on a PHD investigating the differences between dissipative environment and dissipative structure concepts for the design of hydrogel materials

Daniel Hoenders

Daniel Hoenders studied chemistry in Aachen and is now working on his PhD in the framework of light-swtichable and light-adaptive nanocellulose materials.

Dejin Jiao

I am from China and now a PhD candidate in Walther group. My topic is about molecular engineering of light-adaptive self-assembled bioinspired nanocomposites.

Claudius Lupfer

I joined the Walther group to complete my master degree in chemistry.

In my thesis I am working on controlled polymerization at the junction between polymer chemistry and DNA-nanoscience.

Jin Liu

My name is Jin Liu.I studied at Northwestern Polytechnical Univeisity and now condusts my PHD in the field of biomimetic nanocomposites in a joint supervision between NWPU and Freiburg. 

Wei Liu

I received my Master’s degrees from Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China. Now I am a PhD candidate in Walther group and my topic is about the fundamentals and applications of colloidal structures formed through phase-segregating DNA structures.

Sebastian Löscher

I received my Master in Chemistry from the RWTH Aachen University in 2016 working on temperature driven DNA Self-Assemblies. Currently I am a doctoral student in the Walther-Lab working on Non-Equilibrium Self-Assemblies in Biohybrid Systems.

Francisco Lossada

Francisco joined the Walther Group as a PhD candidate after completing his Materials Engineer Diploma at the Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela. Currently he is a DAAD Scholarship Holder and his PhD topic aims at vitrimers and molecular engineering of bio-inspired nanocomposites and understanding of mechanical properties.

Simon Ludwanowski

I graduated from the RWTH Aachen in chemistry. My PhD studies in the Walther Group focus on the synthesis and characterization of functional microgel assemblies within the SFB 985 and their prospective application in 3D / 4D printing.​

Charu Sharma

I received my Masters degree in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) and my Masters thesis focussed on developing novel methods for the synthesis of organic compounds employing Photoredox Catalysis. Now i am working on my PhD thesis in the framework of European Training Network (ETN) and is interested in the autonomous and dynamic feedback driven self-assembly of bio-hybrid materials.

Oliver Skarsetz

I received a Double-degree in the International Master program in Polymer Science between the University of Freiburg and Strasbourg. I am now a PhD candidate in the Walther group working on programmable material systems which are introduced into unusual architectures. I am part of the Zeiss-funded iPROM Cluster.

Kosuke Terayama

I joined as a exchange student in Walther lab for 1 year from Yamagata University, Japan. I am working on mechanochromic luminescence in polymer network in this internship.

Jie Wang

Jie Wang was born in 1993 and grew up in Anhui, China. She received her B.S. degree in fine chemicals from East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) in 2015. Now she is a Ph.D. candidate in applied chemistry at ECUST under the supervision of Prof. He Tian and Prof. Xiang Ma. Her interests include supramolecular self-assembling systems and room-temperature phosphorescence materials. She will study in Walther lab for one year and work on self-assembling bioinspired high-performance nanocomposites with room-temperature phosphorescence.

Wenqian Yu

Wenqian studied between Uni-Freiburg and Uni-Strasbourg in an International Master programme in Polymer Science (IM-PolyS) after obtaining bachelor degree in applied chemistry in Nanjing Normal University. She is working on a PhD project in the realm of bioinspired nanocomposites.

Emma Chen


Marina Hagios

Lab technician working on GPC and other analytical techniques

Carola Sturm

Lab Technician working on thermal analysis and bioinspired nanocomposites

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