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Development of new polymer materials with electrical conductivity and stimuli-sensitive attributes


Project timeline
July 2005
36 months
June 2008
General Information
This project covers the development and synthesis of new Poly(p-phenylene ethynylene) (PPE) derivatives with pendent radicals at the polymer backbone and the determination of their properties by electrochemical methods, to investigate the potential of PPE derivatives as intrinsically electrically conducting materials, as well as stimuli-sensitive materials for drug delivery systems or surgical devices. These newly created materials may help e.g. to improve the living conditions with serious illnesses by advanced stimuli-sensitive implant materials for artificial organs and controlled drug release systems (e.g. an insulin pump). Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio, USA), the host of the first project phase is a world leader in the research of conducting polymers. Together with its expertise it is planned to prepare two kinds of PPE systems: PPE derivatives with EHO-OPPE backbone containing aminoxyl radical moieties and PPEs which feature semiquinone or phenoxide segments. In the second phase, the developed PPE derivatives will be processed into thin films followed by evaluation of their electrical, mechanical and biological properties. This phase will be conducted at GKSS, which holds a leading position in regenerative medicine and polymer development. With contributions of physics, chemistry and material sciences this project seeks to go into the newly evolving interdisciplinary field of conducting polymers and their applications. Due to its numerous applications this interdisciplinary field has a high potential for future enlargement which therefore provides an excellent basis for the future career of the fellow, Dr Michael Schroeter.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaFP6-2002-Mobility-6: Outgoing international fellowship OIF
Project TypeMarie-Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (IOF)
Contract NumberMOIF-CT-2005-008715
Co-ordinatorHelmholtz Zentrum Hereon (DE)
Total Eligible Costs (€) Hereon Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Laura Schwabe, Research Funding Department, phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1670
E-mail contact
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Case Western Research University, Cleveland (US)

(completed June 2008)

Last Update: 10. January 2022