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Faculty of Science, Charles University
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Polymer Synthesis
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Smart Biomaterials
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Welcome to the Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis and Biomaterials

Research area

We focus on the synthesis of highly functional polymer materials for biomedical applications.


About us


With our highly interdisciplinary approach, we combine research topics from different areas, such as polymer and organic chemistry, biochemistry or medicine. The main focus of our research is the development of highly functional polymer materials using modern synthetic methods, such as photocatalyzed controlled radical polymerization or cationic ring-opening polymerization of diverse monomers. Using such methods, we can obtain a wide range of well-defined polymers with different architectures (e.g., linear, branched, self-assembling block copolymers). In particular, we aim for stimuli-responsive polymers that change their physical properties based on an external stimulus (e.g., light, mechanical strain, change of temperature, pH). These „smart“ polymers are then used in biomedical applications, such as the preparation of drug delivery systems or cell-mimicking nanoreactors.


Our mission is to revolutionize the biomedical field through the power of polymer science. We aim to create highly functional polymers that not only advance therapeutic and diagnostic methods but also pave the way for future innovations in healthcare. By developing new polymerization techniques and synthesizing cutting-edge materials, we are committed to improving patient outcomes and broadening the horizons of medical research. Join us in our journey as we explore the untapped potential of polymers in medicine.


Student positions available / Hledáme nové studenty

We are looking for motivated students at all levels (Bc., Mgr., Ph.D.). Please contact Ondrej Sedlacek (lab. 309) for more details.
Previous experience with organic or polymer chemistry is expected from prospective Ph.D. students (not from undergraduates).

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