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Check out our new paper in Macromolecular Rapid Communications!

Macromolecular Rapid Communications Image: WILEY‐VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

News from 20.02.2020

Check out our new paper in Macromolecular Rapid Communications. Gene therapy relies on efficient delivery agents that can transport plasmin DNA inside living cells. We report on the first indole containing terpolymer that has transfection efficiency superior to guanidinium containing copolymers described before. Congratulations to Ceren for another excellent publication!

Welcome to our newest group member

Gergely Knorr Image: Gergely Knorr

News from 06.01.2020

We are happy to welcome our newest group member: Gergely "Greg" Knorr from Budapest will support our team as a postdoctoral researcher in he field of molecular photocatalysts within TRR 234 Catalight. Welcome Greg, we wish you all the best in your research.

Front cover in Journal of Materials Chemistry B

Cover Ceren Image: The Royal Society of Chemistry 2019

News from 14.10.2019


The work from Ceren and Ilja has being selected for a front cover in Journal of Materials Chemistry B.The picture was hand-drawn in just one evening by Ceren, one of the first authors of the paper. Lots of talent in our group, we are also very greateful to our collaboraters in Polytarget that participated in this work.

5th Seeing is Believing meeting in Heidelberg

Javier in Heidelberg Image: Javier Garcia Lopez

News from 14.10.2019


In October, we participated in the 5th Seeing is Believing meeting in Heidelberg, we experts in advanced microscopy techniques gathered to discussed the latest advances in this field. Javier presented a poster on our rylene dyes for biological application.

MiCoCo Stars Jena Lecture held by Kalina

From Color to Function Image: Kalina Peneva

News from 11.07.2019


On July 10th, Kalina gave this years Jena Star Lecture at the Jena School of Microbial Communication. She presented our work on making functional rylene dyes for various applications��e-3-gro��er-h��rsaal-jena/micoco-stars-prof-dr-kalina-peneva/644609362685108/

Ilja Tabujew successfully defended his PhD thesis

Ilja Defense Image: Kalina Peneva

News from 05.08.2019


Ilja Tabujew successfully defended his PhD thesis on the topic of biocompatible polymers for siRNA delivery. Congratulations, Dr. Tabujew on an excellent PhD thesis and defense!

Kalina and Ceren at the European Polymer Congress in Crete

Kalina and Ceren in Crete Image: Kalina Peneva

 News from 17.06.2019


In June, we participated in the European Polymer Congress in Heraklion, Crete. Ceren and Kalina presented our recent work on guanidinium polymers and their application for gene delivery. If you want to read more, check our recent papers (Acta Biomater.2019 and J. Mater. Chem. B 2019,7, 5920-5929).

Daniel Costabel successfully defended his master thesis

Master Thesis Image: Daniel Costabel

News from 22.03.2019


Daniel Costabel successfully defended his master thesis on the topic of rylene dyes as photosensitizers in photocatalytic water splitting. Congratulations!

8th Jenaer Firmenlauf

Firmenlauf 2019 Katja and Kalina at Jenaer Firmenlauf 2018 Image: Jenaer Firmenlauf 2019

News from 31.05.2018


Katja and Kalina participated in the 8th Jenaer Firmenlauf as members of the Univeristy team.  The 5 km charity run had a record numbers of participatns (> 3000) and took place on the 30.05.2018 at the Jena Paradies Park. 

New joint collaborative research center - Transregio 234 "CataLight"

Sample Irradiation Emission of perylene dyes used as light harvesting units by CataLight to activate efficient photocatalysis for water splitting. Image: Martin Schulz

News from 18.05.2018


The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) announced on the 18.05.2018 that it will fund the Joint Collaborative Research Center / Transregio (CRC / TRR) 234 "CataLight" over the next four years. The partners, including the University of Vienna, the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz and the Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies e. V. in Jena, approx. ten million euros. The cross-regional research network intends to use the resources to investigate the basic functionality of innovative photocatalytically active materials. 

Our research group will contribute in Project A3 that will focus on the synthesis of rylene photosensitizers for photocatalytic water splitting.

Application for collaborative research center

Kalina, Artem and Hassan at Catalight meeting Image: Kalina Peneva

News from 31.03.2018

Kalina, Artem and Hassan represented our group at the poster session and application for collaborative research center/ transregio (CRC/ TRR) 234 "CataLight".

Kalina held lecture series at Panjab University

Kalina in India 1 From left: Prof. Alok Srivastava, Dean, Department of Chemistry, Prof. Kalina Peneva, Prof. Arun Kumar Grover, Vice Chancellor of Panjab University. Image: Kalina Peneva

News from 20.11.2017


On 07.11.2017, Kalina took part of the First Innovative Areas Lecture Series under the support of Smt. Prem Lata and Prof. D. V. S. Jain Research foundation, held at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. The event was inaugurated by Prof. Arun Kumar Grover, Vice Chancellor of Panjab University in the Department of Chemistry.

Kalina in India 2 Front row, from left: Priya, Assist. Prof. Rohit Sharma, Prof. Kalina Peneva, Prof. Alok Srivastava. Image: Kalina Peneva

As part of the CONNECT program sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation, she visited the research group of Assist. Prof. Dr. Rohit Sharma. His groups is working on the self-assembling organic networks using short peptides and amino acids and the development of novel strategies for sensing of heavy metal ions and pesticides using peptides and aptamers. Our joined paper on the detection of malathion using quantum dots polymer based fluorescence aptasensor has been published recently in Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 

Davide receives a scholarship from the Fiat Chrysler Automobile group

Davide Scholarship From left: John Elkan, Davide Botteri, Elena Cattaneo, Sergio Marchionne. Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

News from 09.11.2017


In November 2017, Davide Botteri has received a prestigious scholarship from the Fiat Chrysler Automobile group. The Scholarship project, now in its twenty-second edition, was launched in Italy in 1996 as an incentive for young people to excel in their educational studies. On the picture Davide is receiving his award from the John Elkann (left), President of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Elena Cattaneo, Stem cells researcher and politician, and Sergio Marchionne, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

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