Summary

Summary

The research within LOEWE Soft Control is dedicated to basic research in one of the key technologies of the 21st Century: the development of “smart” materials by stimulus -responsive polymers on surfaces. In particular, thin-polymer and polymer-hybrid layers at interfaces are the focus of our interest. They can be switched by external stimuli (“ stimuli ” such as light, magnetic or electric fields) in their structure (conformation, morphology, topology) reversibly and thereby allow to modulate coupled downstream processes (e.g. catalysis, transport processes, bioactivity) efficiently. The basic research in Soft Control will take a long-term influence e.g. on new ways of functionalization of structural materials by thin layers, on the development of intelligent and switchable catalyst materials as well as on the design of switchable materials for intelligent sensor systems. Soft Control is dedicated to a very exciting research topic and sustainable effects on possible transfers can be expected.

The research within LOEWE Soft Control is dedicated to basic research in one of the key technologies of the 21st Century: the development of “smart” materials by stimulus -responsive polymers on surfaces. In particular, thin-polymer and polymer-hybrid layers at interfaces are the focus of our interest. They can be switched by external stimuli (“ stimuli ” such as light, magnetic or electric fields) in their structure (conformation, morphology, topology) reversibly and thereby allow to modulate coupled downstream processes (e.g. catalysis, transport processes, bioactivity) efficiently. The basic research in Soft Control will take a long-term influence e.g. on new ways of functionalization of structural materials by thin layers, on the development of intelligent and switchable catalyst materials as well as on the design of switchable materials for intelligent sensor systems. Soft Control is dedicated to a very exciting research topic and sustainable effects on possible transfers can be expected.