Research in the Group

The Physical Chemistry/ Microreaction Technology Group is concerned with the development and application of miniaturized reactors and arrangements for chemical syntheses and biological screenings. In this way, it contributes to the consistent reduction of the amount of substances, reaction volumes and biological material in research and training experiments and technical development processes. Current research focuses are:

  • the application of microfluidic segment technology to the cultivation of microorganisms, for microbiological and microtoxicological screenings and for the investigation of small multicellular systems,

  • the synthesis of metallic nanoparticles as well as polymer micro and composite particles for applications in sensor technology and catalysis.

  • In addition, microreaction techniques are used in studies of various chemical syntheses and substance characterization.

Current Research Topics

  • Microfluidic investigation for the control of embryogenesis of cultivated plants (Coop. with AG Prof. Dr. K. Palme, Univ. Freiburg)
  • Investigation of the composition and tolerance characteristics of soil bacteria from old mining areas and special archaeological samples

DFG project

KO 1403/39-3
"Microfluidic synthesis of multiscale polymer composite particles"
2018 - 2022

M.Sc. Raminta Mazétyté-Stasinskiené

DFG project

KO 1403/45-1
"Tailored formanisotropic bi-metallic nanoparticles for optical bioanalytics"
2018 - 2021

M.Sc. Jonas Jacobus Kluitmann

AiF Projects

ZF 4457307AP9
Signal amplifier for high-sensitivity readout of fluorescence signals for ultrafast quantitative PCR diagnostics
2020 - 2021

ZF 4457303SA8
Hydrogel microreactors with a switchable surface for simplified phase transfer
2019 - 2020

KF 4457301SK7
Development of a novel multiplex detection of electrolytes in one step in whole blood
2017 - 2018

PostDoc Fellowship

Dr. Jialan Cao

Droplet-based microfluidics for exploring the metabolic potential of soil bacterial communities.

Our soils are extremely complex and structured into microcompartments. These harbor a large part of our planet's biodiversity, which is still largely unexplored. The research project aims at the use of segment-based microfluidics in microbiological application areas to explore the metabolic potential of soil microorganisms suitable for sustainable land use, remediation of environmental damage and the development of new sustainable production processes.

01.05.2020 - 30.4.2022

Dr. Jialan Cao-Riehmer
Dr. Jialan Cao