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Friday, 21 December 2012
(at 15:00 in room 115, Hallwachsstr. 3)
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Polymers in the Interphase: Where the Nanoworld and Biosphere Meet

Kurt Geckeler

Department of Nanobio Materials and Electronics (WCU)
Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology (GIST)
  South Korea  






Polymers have found numerous applications in various fields during the last century and contributed substantially to enhance the living standard of mankind. After the introduction of nanotechnology they gained also importance in conjunction with many nanomaterials in the form of nanocomposites and their applications. Nanomaterials have been recently in the focus as an interesting class of new materials with many applications. The use of different types of nanomaterials such as nanoparticles and nanotubes allows designing and developing new concepts for sophisticated applications. Recently, polymers have been also investigated as a tool for the dispersion of nanomaterials. When introducing nanomaterials into the biosphere, the dispersion in water is particularly important. Several model systems with carbon and inorganic nanotubes have been studied and examples of their interaction products and composites are given in terms of their interactions with biological cells in the cellular interphases. In this regard, the concept of the interphase is introduced and explained based on the different dimensionality aspects.

Brief Bio:

Kurt Geckeler is the Founding Chair of the Department of Nanobio Materials and Electronics, World Class University (WCU), Gwangju, South Korea. He is also a professor at the School of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Medical System Engineering at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea, and serves as Vice Director of the Gruenberg Center for Magnetic Nanomaterials (GCMN). He received his Ph.D. and M.D. degrees from the University of Tuebingen, Germany (both degrees: "magna cum laude") and spent sabbatical leaves at Harvard University, University of Montana, Clemson University (USA) and at the University of Montpellier (France). He received a series of awards such as from the "Fonds der Chemischen Industrie", the "Fritz-Ter-Meer Award", the "Science Price of the President of Korea" and the "Outstanding Research Award of GIST". He has published more than 350 research articles and short communications, 15 books, and over 110 patents.

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Invited by G. Cuniberti

Within the nanoSeminar

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