Research Highlights 

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



November 2020 - Congratulations to the double by our one and only Dogus: Two manuscripts highlighting the potential of Sulfoxide side groups in polymer materials! Check out the publications for details!


March 2020 - The lab is closed. Stay safe and healthy out there!


July 2019 - The team is growing! Welcome to Tengiz, our new Postdoc from Georgia!


April 2019 - A warm welcome to our new Postdoc Lucila!


October 2018 - Phuong has joined the group as Masterstudent - Welcome!

09.06.2018 - You would like to learn more about what we are doing? Join our talk at the Long Night of Sciences at 22:30 hrs at the Institue of Pharmacy at FU Berlin.




- Check out the potential of sulfoxides in polymer materials by these two articles from Dogus:

"Thermo-and oxidation-sensitive poly(meth)acrylates based on alkyl sulfoxides: dual-responsive homopolymers from one functional group" published in  Polym. Chem. 2020, 11, 7662-7676.


"Sulfoxide-functionalized nanogels inspired by the skin penetration properties of DMSO" published in  Biomater. Sci. 2021, 9, 712


- Read about "A Versatile Synthetic Platform for Amphiphilic Nanogels with Tunable Hydrophobicity" in our publication in Polymer Chemistry.

Polym. Chem. 2018, 9 (47), 5572


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, bachelor thesesresearch 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.


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