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Jean Francois Lutz -Project cordinator
(CNRS - Institut Charles Sadron - FRANCE)

Biography: Jean-François Lutz is CNRS research director, deputy director of the Institut Charles Sadron in Strasbourg and head of the Precision Macromolecular Chemistry group. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Montpellier II (France) in 2000 and his habilitation degree from the University of Potsdam(Germany) in 2009. Before joining the CNRS, he was post-doctoral fellow in the group of Krzysztof Matyjaszewski at Carnegie Mellon University (2001-2003) and afterwards leader of the research group Nanotechnology for Life Science at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research (2003-2010). His current research interests include the synthesis of sequence-controlled and sequence-defined polymers, the structuration of polymer chains by intramolecular chemistry and the design of information-containing macromolecules. He is author of over 150 publications, book chapters and patents and serves as an executive advisory board member for all Macromolecular journals as well as an editorial board member for Progress in Polymer Science, Polymer Chemistry, European Polymer Journal and Design Monomers and Polymers. Among various distinctions, he received in 2008 the joint prize of the polymer division of the French Chemical Society (SFC) and of the French Polymer Group (GFP). Since 2010, he is also a laureate of the European Research Council (ERC).

Key papers: J.-F. Lutz, M. Ouchi D. R. Liu, M. Sawamoto, Sequence-controlled Polymers, Science, 341, 1238149 (2013)
M. Zamfir, J.-F. Lutz, Ultra-precise Insertion of Functional Monomers in Chain-growth Polymerizations, Nature Commun., 3, 1138 (2012)
M. Ouchi, N. Badi, J.-F. Lutz, M. Sawamoto, Single-chain Technology using Discrete Synthetic Macromolecules, Nature Chem., 3, 917-924

Website: http://www-ics.u-strasbg.fr/spip.php?article960
Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.fr/citations?user=DtEQJvQAAAAJ&hl=fr&oi=ao




Bert Meijer -Project participant
(Eindhoven University of Technology - THE NETHERLANDS)

Biography: E. W. “Bert” Meijer is a distinguished university professor at the Eindhoven University of Eindhoven. He studied at the University of Groningen, where he received his Ph.D. in 1982 in the field of organic chemistry. From 1982 to 1989 he was as a research chemist at Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven. From 1989 to 1992 he headed a group in polymer chemistry at DSM Research in Geleen, The Netherlands. In 1991 he became a professor in organic chemistry at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He received the 1993 Golden Medal of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society and the 2000 Silver Medal of the MacroGroup U.K. In 2001, he was given the SPINOZA award of the Dutch National Science Foundation, and in 2006 he received the ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Art and Sciences and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. In 2010 Bert Meijer received an ERC Advanced Grant, the Wheland Medal and the AkzoNobel Science Award. Bert Meijer is member of many editorial advisory boards including JACS, Chemical Communications and Angewandte Chemie. Since 2005 he is Editor of Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry. His main research interests are the design, synthesis, characterization, and possible applications of supramolecular architectures, with special emphasis on chirality, dendrimers, π-conjugated oligomers and polymers, the noncovalent synthesis of complex molecular systems and hydrogen bonding architectures, and their use in functional materials and biomedical applications.

Key papers: Hosono et al (2013): Orthogonal Self-Assembly in Folding Block Copolymers. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135:501.
Terashima et al (2011): Supramolecular Single-Chain Folding of Polymers for Catalytic Systems in Water. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133:4742.
Gillissen et al (2013): Sticky Supramolecular Grafts Stretch Single Polymer Chains. Macromolecules, 46:4120

Website: http://www.tue.nl/meijergroup



David Leigh -Project participant
(University of Manchester - UK)

Biography: David Leigh was born in Birmingham (UK) and obtained his BSc and PhD from the University of Sheffield. After postdoctoral research at the NRC of Canada in Ottawa (1987–1989) he returned to the UK as a lecturer at UMIST. After periods at the University of Warwick (1998–2001) and the University of Edinburgh (2001–2012) he joined the University of Manchester in 2012. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 2009. Leigh has been awarded a number of major international prizes including the Izatt-Christensen Award for Macrocyclic Chemistry, the Feynman Prize for Nanotechnology and the 2007 EU Descartes Prize for transnational collaborative research. His research group’s interests are broadly based on new approaches to functional molecule synthesis and the influence of non-covalent interactions on structure and function from biology to materials science. Over the last decade they have developed some of the first examples—all be they primitive by biological standards—of functional synthetic molecular level machines and motors.

Key papers: Sequence-specific peptide synthesis by an artificial small-molecule machine’, Science, 339, 189-193 (2013).
Operation mechanism of a molecular machine revealed using timeresolved vibrational spectroscopy’, Science, 328, 1255-1258 (2010).
Hybrid organic-inorganic rotaxanes and molecular shuttles’, Nature, 458, 314-318 (2009).
A molecular information ratchet’ Nature, 445, 523-527 (2007).

Website: http://www.catenane.net



Hans Borner -Project participant
(Humboldt University - GERMANY)

Biography: Hans G. Börner received his Ph.D. degree in macromolecular science in 2000 at the Phillips-University Marburg (Germany) in the field of anionic polymerization of functional monomers (supervised by Walter Heitz). He held a postdoctoral position with Krzysztof Matyjaszewski at Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh (USA). Afterwards he headed an Emmy-Noether research group at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Potsdam, Germany) in the colloid chemistry department of Markus Antonietti, where he received his habilitation. He was awarded in 2003 with the Emmy-Noether-Stipend of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and received in 2007 the Dr. Hermann Schnell (GDCh) award for the best young German scientist in the field of macromolecular science. He was honored in 2006 with the member ship in the Max-Bergmann Society and joined in 2009 the International Advisory Board of Macromolecular Rapid Communications and Macromolecular Bioscience of Wiley VCH. Since 2009 he is leading the Laboratory of Organic Synthesis of Functional Systems at the Humboldt-University zu Berlin in Germany.  His research interests were focused on polymer-peptide conjugates and monodisperse, sequence-defined polymers to establish and control well-defined secondary interactions in macromolecular systems. His research interests are also devoted to the precise synthesis of functional polymers; the biomimetic regulation of polymer functions and the exploitation of specific interactions in synthetic polymers.

Key papers: Börner, G. H., et al. "Exploiting specific interactions toward nextgeneration polymeric drug transporters", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 1711.
Börner, G. H., et al. "Peptide-mediated nanoengineering of inorganic particle surfaces: A general route toward surface functionalization via
peptide adhesion domains", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 2385.
Börner, G. H., "“Precision Polymers” modern tools to understand and program macromolecular interactions", Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2011, 32, 115.
Börner, G. H., et al. "Precision Polymers: Monodisperse, monomer-sequence defined segments to target future demands of polymers in medicine" Adv. Mater. 2009, 21, 3425

Website: http://www.boernerlab.de/boernerlab_groupboerner_en.html




Remzi Becer -Project participant
(Queen Mary University of London - UK)

Biography: Remzi Becer received his MSc degree in Polymer Science and Technology at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in 2005. He completed his PhD study titled as ‘‘Controlling Polymer Architectures’’ in 2009 under the supervision of Prof. Ulrich S. Schubert at the Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands) and the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany). Since late 2009, he has been a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Warwick (United Kingdom).  He received a Science City Independent Research Fellowship to conduct research at the University of Warwick and currently holds a Senior Lecturer position at QMUL. Becer’s research activities are focused on the Biomaterials-nanomedicines, emerging materials and exploring new synthesis technique for the preparation of designed functional polymers. Advanced polymer synthesis techniques such as controlled radical polymerizations, anionic polymerization, cationic polymerization as well as click reactions are the major tools utilized by this group.

Key papers: Zhang, Q. et al. Dendritic cell lectin targeting unimolecular glycoconjugates to release anti-HIV drug, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 4325.
Huang, J. et al. Synthetic glycopolypeptides as potential inhibitory agents for dendritic cells and HIV-1 trafficking, Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2013, 34, 1542.
Zhang, Q. et al. Sequence controlled multi-block glycopolymers to inhibit DC-SIGN-gp120 binding, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 4435.
Becer, C. R. The Glycopolymer Code: Synthesis of glycopolymers and multivalent carbohydrate lectin interactions, Macromol. Rapid Commun., 2013, 33, 742.
Becer, C. R. et al. High-Affinity Glycopolymer Binding to Human DC-SIGN and Disruption of DC-SIGN Interactions with HIV Envelope Glycoprotein, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 132, 15130.

Website: www.becergroup.com




Filip Du Prez -Project participant
(Ghent University - Belgium)

Biography: Filip Du Prez received his PhD degree in Chemistry from the Department of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry, Ghent University, Belgium and partially in Lehigh University, USA. After a postdoc in University of Montpellier, France and in Department of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry, Ghent University, Belgium he become the head of the Polymer Chemistry Research Group at Ghent University in 1999. Since 2007 he is responsible for a large valorization consortium (Chemtech) in which two permanent business developers take care of the interface between the chemistry research at UGent and the chemical industry. In 2008, he had a Visiting Professor position at the CAMD Research Centre (UNSW, Sydney) and became co-editor of the Elsevier journal European Polymer Journal. His research interests are related with the design of functional polymer architectures and polymer materials, various types of (controlled) polymerization techniques, and the development of new “click” chemistries. A couple of actual research domains are sequence-controlled polymers, polymers from renewable resources, polymeric capsules and microparticles, selfhealing and dynamic covalent materials, high performance coatings, and step growth polymerization in combination with “click” chemistry.

Key papers: Espeel, P. et al. (2013). Multi-functionalized sequence-defined oligomers from a single building block, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 52, 1 – 5.
Espeel, P. et al (2011). One-pot multistep reactions based on thiolactones : extending the realm of thiol-ene chemistry in polymer
synthesis. JACS, 133(6), 1678–1681.
Barner-Kowollik, C. et al (2011). “Clicking” polymers or just efficient linking : what is the difference? Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 50, 60–62.

Website: http://www.pcr.ugent.be




Howard Colquhoun -Project participant
(University of Reading - UK)

Biography: Howard Colquhoun is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge (MA, ScD) and London (Westfield College, PhD) and carried out postdoctoral work at Warwick University before joining the ICI Corporate Laboratory in 1977. He held a Royal Society Industry Fellowship at the University of Manchester before moving to the University of Reading, where he was Head of the Chemistry Department from 2002 to 2006. He was awarded the RSC medal and prize for Materials Chemistry in 2006 and the Macro Group UK Medal in 2012. Professor Colquhoun's research activities are focused on (i) the development of new materials for energy-applications, specifically proton-transport membranes for fuel cells and membrane-electrolysers, (ii) the application of supramolecular forces to direct the assembly of polymer chains, especially for self-healing materials, (iii) enhancing the properties and processability of high-performance engineering thermoplastics, and (iv) developing the potential of copolymers to store and process digital information at the level of single molecules.

Key papers: Conformational modulation of sequence-recognition in synthetic macromolecules. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 19442-19447.
Sequence-selective assembly of tweezer-molecules on linear templates enables frameshift-reading of sequence information. Nature Chem., 2010, 2, 653-660.
Sterically controlled recognition of macromolecular sequence information by molecular tweezers. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 51, 16163-
Principles of sequence-recognition in aromatic polyimides. Chem. Commun., 2004, 2650-2652.
Recognition of polyimide sequence-information by a molecular tweezer. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2004, 43, 5040-5045.

Website: http://www.reading.ac.uk/chemistry/about/staff/h-m-colquhoun.aspx




Jan Behrends -Project participant
(Ionera - GERMANY)

Biography: Prof. Jan C. Behrends is a co-founder, Chairman of the Board of Ionera Techologies GmbH and also Academic Mentor of the EXIST Research Transfer Project "Ionera" funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy (BMWi). He is Professor at the Department of Physiology where he directs the Laboratory of Membrane Physiology and -Technology. He has pioneered automated and highthroughput electrophysiology techniques, co-founding the noted technology leader Nanion Technologies GmbH in 2002.

Key papers: G. Baaken, N. Ankri, A.-K. Schuler, J. Rühe, J.C. Behrends 2011. Nanopore-based single-molecule mass spectrometry on a lipid
membrane microarray. ACS Nano, 5, 8080-8088.

Patent publications:
J.C. Behrends, G. Baaken, S.K. Dondapati 2012. Method and microstructure for electrically contacting biological cells. PCT/EP2012/005018
J.C. Behrends, G. Baaken 2012. Method for the automated production of a molecular layer of amphiphilic molecules and a device for producing said molecular layer. PCT/EP2012000081 and WO2012/095299
J.C. Behrends, G. Baaken, J. Rühe, M. Vellinger 2012. Microstructure device for measurements on molecular membranes and a method for
production of said device. PCT/EP2012000080 and WO2012/095298 J.C. Behrends, G. Baaken 2011. Method for producing a bilipid layer,
and microstructure and measuring assembly. PCT/EP2011002738 and WO2011/154114





Stephane Joly -Project participant
(Peugeot Citroen Automotives - FRANCE)

Biography: PSA PEUGEOT CITROËN was created when the PEUGEOT brand bought the CITROËN brand in 1976, and later on in 1978 the Chrysler Europe brand. PSA PEUGEOT CITROËN brings together two strong and distinctive brands, each with its own identity, its own vehicle portfolio and commercial marketing. In 2012, the PSA group has sold 2,96 million vehicles worldwide, and has maintained its position as 2nd European car manufacturer and its
leadership in Light Duty Vehicles in Europe. Present in over 150 countries, the PSA Group sells more than 38% of its production outside western Europe. PSA PEUGEOT CITROEN also confirms its environmental leadership with for the 3rd consecutive year, 0.798 million sold vehicles emitting less than 120g of CO2/km on the European market. The 2012 revenue was over 55,5 billion Euros and the consolidated net result was -576 million Euros. Over 3,8 billion Euros were devoted to automotive R&D in 2011 by the PSA Group. PSA PEUGEOT CITROËN employs 186 000 persons worldwide.

Key papers: D. Espinassou et al., Conception d’un triangle de suspension composite : procédés et optimization in Proceeding of the conference “Optimisation des composites”, February the 12th 2014.
C. Leroux et al. (2014) Cabin side of a motor vehicle, of which the lower part comprises a sidemember reinforcement made from a composite material, WO2014/016079.
L. Baudard et al. (2013) Crossmember made of a fiber-reinforced composite material for a vehicle dashboard and method for manufacturing same, WO2013/182521.
I. Raoult et al. (2012) Procede de fabrication d'un ressort en materiau composite, tel qu'un ressort de suspension notamment pour vehicule
automobile, WO 2012/066246.

Website: http://www.psa-peugeot-citroen.com/en




Anja Palmans -Project participant and training supervisor
(Eindhoven University of Technology - THE NETHERLANDS)

Biography: Anja Palmans obtained a degree in chemical engineering (1992) at the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) and continued with PhD on the topic of supramolecular chemistry (1997) in the group of Prof. E. W. Meijer. After a Postdoc in the group of Prof. P. Smith at the ETH Zürich (Switzerland) and working at DSM Research (The Netherlands), she became assistant professor in Eindhoven in 2005. Since 2010 she has been an associate professor in the same institute. Her research is focussing on the controlled folding of macromolecules with pendant recognition motifs, supramolecular chemistry and the design and synthesis of synthetic enzymes for cascade catalysis.

Key papers: Hosono et al (2013): Orthogonal Self-Assembly in Folding Block Copolymers. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135:501.
Terashima et al (2011): Supramolecular Single-Chain Folding of Polymers for Catalytic Systems in Water. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133:4742.
Gillissen et al (2013): Sticky Supramolecular Grafts Stretch Single Polymer Chains. Macromolecules, 46:4120

Website: http://www.tue.nl/en/university/departments/chemical-engineering-and-chemistry/the-department/staff/detail/ep/e/d/ep-uid/19951180/