№ 316/2014 from Sep 17, 2014
The Macromolecular Chemistry Section of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) is awarding the Reimund Stadler Prize to chemistry professor Sebastian Seiffert for his polymer research. Seiffert does research switchable microgel particles at Freie Universität Berlin and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. Switchable microgel particles are finding increasing application in a variety of fields, such as medicine. The awards committee, consisting of representatives from industry and universities on behalf of the GDCh, recognized Seiffert's achievements in this field of research and also praised the interdisciplinary synergy between the university and the Helmholtz-Zentrum. The prize is endowed with 5,000 euros and was presented at the Polymers and Energy conference in Jena. Along with the award there is a responsibility to write trend reports about developments in polymer chemistry for the macromolecular chemistry group of the GDCh for two years.
After earning his doctorate from TU Clausthal in 2007, Sebastian Seiffert did research for several years at Harvard University. In 2013 he completed his professorial credential in polymer science at Freie Universität Berlin. Since April of 2014, he has been a professor of supramolecular polymeric materials at Freie Universität and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. Earlier this year he won an ADUC Prize, awarded by the Working Group of German University Chemistry Professors of the German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, GDCh), a learned society and professional association for German chemists.
Seiffert's research focuses on sensitive and supramolecular gels, i.e., particles that can react to their environment and can be used, for example, as a kind of building block for physico-chemical models, or as an artificial environment for living cells, to investigate if and how they respond to their environment. They are finding increasing application in fields such as medicine, for example, to improve blood dialysis. Seiffert's work is a continuation of the work of the polymer researcher Reimund Stadler, who is the namesake of the prize.