Christopher Synatschke
Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellow

Christopher Synatschke

Christopher Synatschke studied chemistry at the University of Bayreuth and graduated as "Diplom Chemiker" in 2009. He then pursued his PhD in the group of Prof. Axel H. E. Müller, also at the University of Bayreuth, working on multicompartment micelles from triblock terpolymers and star-shaped polyelectrolytes. During his undergraduate and graduate studies he had the opportunity to join the University of New South Wales (Prof. Christopher Barner-Kowollik), Australia, and the University of Tokyo (Prof. Kazunori Kataoka), Japan, as a visiting researcher. After completing his PhD in 2013, he joined the group of Prof. Samuel I. Stupp as a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, Chicago. There, he developed self-assembled soft hybrid materials for applications in regenerative medicine and as anisotropic actuators. In 2017, Dr. Synatschke joined the group of Prof. Tanja Weil as a postdoctoral fellow studying the self-assembly of polymer materials and their potential in biomedical applications.


Research Topics

Peptide-Polymer Hybrid Materials


Selected Publications

S.M. Chin, C.V. Synatschke, S. Liu, R.J. Nap, N.A. Sather, Q. Wang, Z. Alvarez, A.N. Edelbrock, T. Fyrner, L.C. Palmer, I. Szleifer, M. Olvera de la Cruz, S.I. Stupp, "Covalent-supramolecular hybrid polymers as muscle-inspired anisotropic actuators" Nature Communications 2018, accepted

S. Sieste, T. Mack, C.V. Synatschke, C. Schilling, C. Meyer zu Reckendorf, L. Pendi, S. Harvey, F.S. Ruggeri, T.P.J. Knowles, C. Meier, D.Y.W. Ng, T. Weil, R. Knöll, "Water-Dispersible Polydopamine-Coated Nanofibers for Stimulation of Neuronal Growth and Adhesion" Advanced Healthcare Materials 2018, DOI: 10.1002/adhm.201701485

A. Raup, H. Wang, C.V. Synatschke, V. Jerome, S. Agarwal, D.V. Pergushov, A.H.E. Müller, R. Freitag, "Compaction and Transmembrane Delivery of pDNA: Differences between l-PEI and Two Types of Amphiphilic Block Copolymers" Biomacromolecules 2017, 18(3), 808-818.

T.I. Löbling, J.S. Haataja, C.V. Synatschke, F.H. Schacher, M. Müller, A. Hanisch, A.H. Gröschel, A.H.E. Müller, "Hidden Structural Features of Multicompartment Micelles Revealed by Cryogenic Transmission Electron Tomography" ACS Nano 2014, 8(11), 11330-11340.

C.V. Synatschke, T. Nomoto, H. Cabral, M. Förtsch, K. Toh, Y. Matsumoto, K. Miyazaki, A. Hanisch, F.H. Schacher, A. Kishimura, N. Nishiyama, A.H.E. Müller, K. Kataoka, "Multicompartment Micelles with Adjustable Poly(ethylene glycol) Shell for Efficient in vivo Photodynamic Therapy" ACS Nano 2014, 8(2), 1161-1172.

C.V. Synatschke, A. Schallon, V. Jerome, R. Freitag, A.H.E. Müller, "Influence of Polymer Architecture and Molecular Weight of Poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) Polycations on Transfection Efficiency and Cell Viability in Gene Delivery" Biomacromolecules 2011, 12(12), 4247-4255.

ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-4259-6696


Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

Ackermannweg 10

D-55128 Mainz, Germany

Phone: (+49) 6131-379-153 (office room 0.504)

Email: synatschke[at]mpip-mainz.mpg.de

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