Winter Semester 2013/14

Lectures, Seminars, Practical Courses (weekly):


Introduction to Soft Matter - Theory


This course will be designed to especially address the needs of IMPRS students coming from various other disciplines. In the beginning, elementary but important concepts from statistical physics are reviewed and applied to the simplest examples involving polymers in order to illustrate the nature of soft matter systems and objects. In developing the subject further, reference will be made to selected topics of the lecture “Introduction to Soft matter” (also given at the UP), and to current topics of research of each of the lecturers, involving (for example), Brownian motion, the physics of membranes, the kinetics of binding or effective intermolecular interactions important within condensed soft systems.

For more details contact Dr. Mark Santer

basic (master, bachelor student + PhD student)
Name of the teacher:
Mark Santer, Stefan Klumpp, Andrea Grafmüller
When and duration:
Tue, 12.15 am-1.45 pm, 15.10.2013 – 4.2.2014 (weekly)
Theory seminar room (1.123), MPIKG-Golm
Extent: 2SWS + Tutorial, or preferably a small, simple project that is to be summarized within a report.



Synthetic Biomimetic Actuators

Despite the limitations of chemical availability and synthesis temperatures, nature produces organisms with exquisite control of the underlying architecture that can grow and move in a physical world,. Well-known examples are the pine-cone, wheat awn or venus flytrap. Learning from nature how materials architecture controls actuation can provide direction for technical development. Biomimetic actuators are designed to transfer external stimuli into controlled mechanical deformation, thus important for applications in soft robotics, artificial muscles, and self-healing materials. This course will introduce some basic types of bio-inspired synthetic/artificial actuators (mostly polymer-based), including the actuation mechanisms, the types of stimuli, the synthetic tools, the design principle and the application of these actuators. A short lab practice will be incorporated into the course to prepare one artificial actuator and test the actuation behavior in lab.

Title of the course: Synthetic biomimetic actuators
basic (master student + PhD student)
Name of the teacher:
Dr. Jiayin Yuan
When and duration:
Wed, 10.00 am-11.30 am, 16.10.2013 – 5.2.2014 (weekly)
big seminar room above the library in MPIKG-Golm

For more details contact Dr. Jiayin Yuan



Cell Biochemistry

Course synopsis:For IMPRS only lectures and seminar: Course includes topics from the birth of the protein to dead. mRNA longevity and translation, protein folding and degradation, protein translocation through membranes; protein aggregation and neurodegeneration

Name(s) of the teacher(s): Zoya Ignatova and Andreas Czech
Duration: 2 hrs a week (2SWS)
Schedule: Mondays, 4 pm-5.30 pm / 14.10.-03.02.2014

Location: UP; 2.25.B0.01

For more information contact Prof Zoya Ignatova


Theoretical chemistry curriculum:


Computational Chemistry for Bioscience (2 hrs/week, basic level)


  • Foundations of theoretical / computational chemistry
  • Forcefields and classical molecular dynamics
  • Electronic structure theory: The Hartree-Fock method
  • Practical aspects of Hartree-Fock calculations
  • Computation of molecular properties
  • Methods to treat electron correlation: Configuration interaction and density functional theory

In addition to the lecture, there is (on a voluntary basis, and if
places are available), also the possibility to attend the following
courses, which complete the whole course:

Name of the teacher: Dr. Kröner
When and duration: Mon, 12.15-1.45 pm, 14.10.2013 bis 03.02.2014 (weekly)
Place: UP, Institute of chemistry; 2.25.D1.02

Practical Course on Computational Chemistry (3 hrs/week, computer lab)

  • working with personal computers
    • forcefields and classcial MD
    • practical quantum chemistry: choice of methods
    • single-point calculations, geometry optimizations
    • normal mode analysis, vibrational spectra, thermochemistry
    • transition states, kinetics

excited states and UV/vis spectra

Name of the teacher: Dr. Tillmann Klamroth, N.N.
When and duration: Thu, 2.00-5.00 pm, 17.10.2013 bis 06.02.2014 (weekly)
Place: UP, Institute of chemistry; 2.25.D2.02


Seminar (1 hrs/week)

    • exercises corresponding to lecture

practical aspects of computational chemistry

Name of the teacher: Dr. Tillmann Klamroth, N.N.
When and duration: Tue, 10.00-11:30 am, 15.10.2013 bis 04.02.2014 (weekly)
Place: UP, Institute of Chemistry; 2.25.D1.02

For more information contact  Prof Peter Saalfrank


Soft Matter

: FU Berlin (schedule to be fixed)

Soft Matter

Part 1: Sebastian Seiffert

  1. Introduction, Overview
  2. What is soft matter?
    What are the general aspects of soft matter?
    Why is it important?
  3. Fundamentals
    Forces, energies, and timescales in soft matter
    A brief intro to phase transitions
  4. Polymers
    Introduction to polymers
    Ideal chains
    Real chains
    Polymer thermodynamics
  5. Gels
    What is a gel?
    Percolation theory
  6. Part 2: Laura Hartmann
  7. Colloids
    Introduction - What is a colloid?
    Synthesis and characterization
  8. Amphiphiles
    Synthetic amphiphiles
  9. Soft Matter in Nature
    Polymers, Gels, Amphiphiles and Colloids in Nature
    Biomimetic Soft Matter
    Future Perspectives


Name of the teacher: Sebastian Seiffert, Laura Hartmann
When and duration:
Mon, First Meeting: Oct 21st 9 am,
Place: Room 25.20, Takustr. 3, Chemistry Building, FU Berlin

Accompanying Seminar
Students give talks about methods in soft matter science (AFM, light scattering, zetasizing,…)

For more details contact Dr Laura Hartmann


Polymer Therapeutics

by Jun.-Prof. Marcelo Calderon

Polymer Therapeutics

  • Basics on drug classes (modes of action, chemical examples)
  • Background on biology and pharmacology (absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, toxicity)
  • Principles of drug delivery with polymers (drug transport, drug release)
  • Chemistry of polymers and macroarchitectures
  • Synthesis of bioconjugates (conjugation chemistry, linkers, reactive groups)
  • Multivalency /Polyvalency as novel mode of action.
  • Discussion of examples from literature and the market.
  • Basics on pharmaceutical drug development


Name of the teacher: Prof Marcelo Calderon
When and duration: Thu 2.00-5.00 (weekly)
First Meeting: Thursday 17.10.2013, 14:00 – 15:00 hs, Room 34.16/17
Place: SR 34.16/17 (Takustr. 3)


Contact Prof Marcelo Calderon (


Block Seminars


Macromolecular Chemistry 1

Macromolecular Chemistry



  • History, definitions, fundamentals, nomenclature



Name of the teacher: Rainer Haag
When and duration: 14.10.-25.10.2013, 9.00-12.00 am; 2.00-5.00 pm (block seminar)
First Meeting: Mon, 14.10.2013
Place: SR Anorganik (Fabeckstr. 34 / 36)





Laboratory course on methods in macromolecular chemistry(Haag, Bertin, Schartel, Lendlein/Neffe, Rabe, el-Toufaili)



Controlled radical polymerization
Catonic polymerization
Metal catalyzed polymerization
Macromolecular engineering
Anionic polymerization
renewable, functional, and structural (parts 1, 2, 3, 4) polymers
conjugated polymers LCD and OLED, polethylenimine, polymer science dendritic architectures, polymers in electronics, antifouling surfaces, gene delivery, hydrogels, polymer therapeutics, multivalent interactions

Rabe: Introduction

Contact Prof Rainer Haag


Glycobiology and Immunology (Bernd Lepenies, Daniel Kolarich)

In the winter semester 2013/14 and summer semester 2014 at FU Berlin.
Please see the following link:

The course deals with the theory and methods of glycomics and immunology (such as flow cytometry, ELISA, ELISpot etc.).

It covers 5 SWS (a two-week compact course).

If required, the course will be given in English. Since this course is quite frequented by FU students, it will be open for only up to two IMPRS students each semester. However, the course will be offered each semester so that all interested IMPRS students should finally be able to attend.


Name of the Teacher: Dr. Bernd Lepenies, Dr. Daniel Kolarich
When and duration: 28.10.- 08.11., 10.30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., block seminar
Place: Arnimallee 22, Lab E018 (EG)
Place distribution:
14.10., 9.00 a.m., Biochemie, Thielallee 63, Hs. You can attend this practical course only together with the accompanying seminar.


For more information contact Dr Bernd Lepenies


  • Polyreactions, types, comparison
  • Polymer structure: constitution & homopolymers
  • Polymer structure: networks, conformations
  • Polyreactions (some examples)
  • Dendritic polymers