Precision Polymers for Pharmaceutics

Independent Research Group

Joint research group with the University of Tübingen
[Photo: American Chemical Society, Dr. Johannes Richers (Design)]

Welcome to our research group!

Adams Group, January 2022
Adams Group, January 2022

Field of Research

Our group "Tailor-made functional polymers for pharmaceutical applications" is located at the interface of polymer chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences. We are focusing on the design of innovative drug delivery systems as well as on 3D printing applications using sustainable materials. These systems are based on intelligent, bio-based or biodegradable polymers that are synthesized using sophisticated polymerization techniques. These techniques include radical systems and metal-organic based catalysts. We develop tailor-made and advanced catalysts and monomers to meet the special needs for each specific pharmaceutical application.

Our research topics include:

  • Living-type polymerizations
  • Blockcopolymerizations
  • Catalyst and Initiator design
  • Post-polymerization functionalization
  • Polymer analysis
  • Drug and nucleic acid encapsulation
  • Formulation development
  • In vitro evaluation of nanoparticles
  • 3D printing of sustainable, functional monomers and polymers

We are are a Joint Research Group with the University of Tübingen.

More about our Research

Excellence Strategy

Our group is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science as part of the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments.

Junior Research Groups at University of Tübingen funded by the Excellence Strategy

Special Issue on Application of Metal Containing Polymers

Open positions

PostDoc, PhD and Master students

We are always looking for motivated new team members who are interested in science and our research topics. Interested Bachelor or Master students, PhD candidates and PostDocs who want to work in the field of polymerization catalysis, material science, nanomedicine or related are welcome to get in touch with us


Current Open Positions



Dr. Friederike Adams

Pfaffenwaldring 55, D-70569 Stuttgart

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