Research Highlights (incl. work from D. Klinger's previous affiliations)

From Molecules to Materials

In the Klinger Lab, we focus on the development of nano-structured polymeric materials and colloids with dynamic and responsive properties.

   Our research is inspired by nature's outstanding ability to create very specific (macroscopic) functions through molecular and structural design. To approach similar levels of control in synthetic materials, we work on multiple length scales: Starting from the rational design of molecular units, we develop well-defined polymeric architectures and control their self-assembly into ordered superstructures. Additionally, we focus on  the use of confinements to create additional elements of hierarchcy.

   This multidisciplinary concept brings together methods from polymer chemistry, colloidal chemistry, interfacial physics, and self-assembly to create new nano-materials that can serve as building blocks for advanced technologies such as drug delivery, photonics, catalysis,  and lithography.                                                                            - read more here



01.04.2016 - Alexandra Gruber joined the group as a Masterstudent. Alexandra will be working on reactive nanoparticles as precursors for new transdermal delivery vehicles. Welcome!


March 2016 - Open positions: We are looking for motivated students and postdocs to join the lab.


01.03.2016 - The new website is online. Come and explore!



- Read about "Metallopolymer-Based Shape Anisotropic Nano Particles" in a joined publication between the Gallei and Hawker groups. Congrats Bernhard!

Work from D. Klinger's time in the Hawker lab.

ACS Macro Lett. 2015, 4, 731


- Learn more about the use of reactive precursor nanoparticles for the preparation of tailored microgels in Carolins paper: "A Robust Platform for Functional Microgels via Thiol-Ene Chemistry with Reactive Polyether-Based Nanoparticles".

Work from D. Klinger's time in the Hawker lab.

Polym. Chem. 2015, 6, 2029

Explore the Klinger Lab

Daniel Klinger

Daniel was appointed Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessor for Chemical Nano- pharmaceutics) at the Freie Universität Berlin in February 2016.


He is currently building up his group in the Institute of Pharmacy and is developing new synthetic strategies for nanomaterials with applications in such fields as nano- pharmaceutics and materials science.


Daniel is combing his expertise in polymer synthesis, colloidal chemistry, self-assembly and the physics of interfaces to a multidisciplinary research concept. This enables innovative approaches that span from molecular design, synthesis, and characterization to the final application.

Cover Gallery

Cover art related to publications from D. Klinger's previous affiliations and the current Klinger Lab.

Join the Team

Are you looking for an opprtunity to join an interdisciplinary research environment? Would you like to be part of a team that develops new synthetic strategies to create functional nanomaterials for a broad range of applications?


We offer the possibility for students from chemistry and pharmacy to carry out doctoral (PhD) and master theses, research internships or projects during their practical year.


Additionally, we encourage motivated postdocs with a strong background in polymer chemistry, colloidal chemistry or related fields to apply at all times.