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Laboratory for self-healing materials

About Laboratory

Grant Agreement No.: 14.W03.31.0018
Project name: Self-healing materials based on nanostructured polymers and polymer composites
Name of the institution of higher learning: A.N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Сompounds of Russian Academy of Sciences
Fields of scientific research: Chemistry

The aim of the project is to create a universal multi-scale healing model that includes crack healing processes at three different scales and can therefore be widely used both for healing microcracks and scratches, and for large-scale damage, for example in the composition of sealing materials, composite polymer materials.
The objectives of the project are:
- Synthesis of block copolymers of various architectures with ionic and uncharged blocks;
- synthesis of various nanoobjects for introduction into the polymer matrix;
- study of the obtained polymers and nanoobjects by a complex of physical methods;
- development and optimization of the composition and production techniques of self-healing polymer nanocomposites based on the available set of polymers and nanoobjects;
- study of obtained nanocomposites by a complex of physical methods;
- development of theoretical models and implementation of computer modeling of healing processes of various-scale damage;
- obtaining of universal multicomponent compositions capable of multiscale self-healing;
- summarization of the results of the project and dissemination of the developed approaches to other polymer systems.

Leading scientist


Name: Moeller Martin


Academic degree and title: Dr.Sc., Prof.
Job Title: Scientific Director
Field of scientific interests: macromolecular chemistry, functional polymers, structure property relationships, and self-organization of macromolecules, surface modification and activation, formation of functional nanostructures, nanotechnology, biomedical materials

Scientific recognition:
1. Körber European Science Prize 2003
2. Honorary doctorate Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania) 2012
3. Hermann-Staudinger Price 2013

Scientific work of the leading scientist, his/her main scientific achievements:
Study of behavior of macromolecules on surfaces – for the first time single macromolecules were visualized using atomic force microscopy.
Self-assembling materials – new kind of polymeric vesicles and cubosomes have been developed.
Sol-gel technology – a new class of silica precursor polymers, which exhibits hydrolysis-induced interfacial activity, has been developed.
They were used to create various silica microcapsules.
Molecular motors – new light-driven gel-motors have been developed.
Development of new functional polymers - a large library of new functional polymers have been synthesized and investigated regarding their structures and physicochemical properties.

1. Mourran, A; Zhang, H; Vinokur, R; Moller, M Soft Microrobots Employing Nonequilibrium Actuation via Plasmonic Heating, 2017, ADVANCED MATERIALS
2. Defaux, M; Gholamrezaie, F; Wang, JB; Kreyes, A; Ziener, U; Anokhin, DV; Ivanov, DA; Moser, A; Neuhold, A; Salzmann, I; Resel, R; de Leeuw, DM; Meskers, SCJ; Moeller, M; Mourran, A Solution-Processable Septithiophene Monolayer Transistor, 2013, ADVANCED MATERIALS
3. Rose, JC; Camara-Torres, M; Rahimi, K; Kohler, J; Moller, M; De Laporte, L Nerve Cells Decide to Orient inside an Injectable Hydrogel with Minimal Structural Guidance. 2017, NANO LETTERS
4. Kettel, MJ; Hildebrandt, H; Schaefer, K; Moeller, M; Groll, J Tenside-free Preparation of Nanogels with High Functional beta-Cyclodextrin Content, 2012, ACS NANO
5. Topuz, F; Singh, S; Albrecht, K; Moller, M; Groll, J DNA Nanogels To Snare Carcinogens: A Bioinspired Generic Approach with High Efficiency 2016 АNGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION

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