SONS Networking Activity Workshop

Structure and properties of self-organized amphiphilic copolymers

Prague, Czech Republic, 4 – 7 October 2006

This meeting is a joint activity of the SONS projects AMPHI, SONS-AMPHI, NEDSPE

Venue: Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Heyrovský Sq. 2, Prague
Organizer: Dr. Petr Štěpánek, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Prague
Co-organizers: Prof. Axel Müller, University of Bayreuth
  Prof. Manfred Stamm, Institute for Polymer Research, Dresden

The purpose of this networking activity is to gather people active in SONS projects related to polymer research and to set a frame for presenting results obtained within these projects, share general ideas on self-organization of amphiphilic polymers, review the state of the art in this discipline and promote the cooperation of various scientists taking part in these activities.

While this meeting is intended as a forum especially for members of the projects AMPHI, SONS-AMPHI and NEDSPE, it is open to participants of other SONS projects who feel that their field of activity is related or complementary to the topic of the workshop.

Invited external experts:  Prof. J. Carlos Rodriguez-Cabello (University of Valladolid, Spain), Prof. Wolfgang Meier (University of Basel, Switzerland), Dr. Dmitrii V. Pergushov (Moscow State University, Russia), Dr. Oleg Borisov (University of Pau, France), Prof. Kenneth A. Dawson (University College Dublin, Ireland)

Provisional schedule of the meeting

Wednesday October 4 afternoon arrival of participants, welcome dinner
Thursday October 5 9-12.30 lectures, lunch, 14-16.30 lectures, 17-19 posters, dinner
Friday October 6 9-12.30 lectures, lunch, 14-18 lectures, dinner
Saturday October 7 9-12 lectures, lunch, departure

Structure and properties of self-organized amphiphilic copolymers

Prague, Czech Republic, 4 - 7 October 2006

Scientific aspects of the workshop

Technological advances in many scientific areas lead to investigation, understanding and exploiting of structures of continually smaller dimensions. Due to a large variety of building blocks, chemical reactions and architectures, polymers represent a particularly rich field where self-organization can be exploited to obtain materials with new properties. The purpose of this networking activity is to gather people already active in SONS projects related to polymer research, in particular members of the projects AMPHI, SONS-AMPHI and NEDSPE, and to set a frame for presenting results obtained within these projects, share general ideas on self-organization of amphiphilic polymers and promote the cooperation of various scientists taking part in these activities.

The meeting will thus offer a forum for people active in complementary areas of polymer research, namely in the field of hierarchical self-assembly of ionic/non-ionic amphiphilic macromolecules both in aqueous solution and at interfaces, in the field of self-organization of amphiphilic copolymers with ionizable groups usable as model polymers for conducting membranes and in the field of fabrication of nanoobjects with dedicated shape, size and properties on the base of synthetic polyelectrolytes using a single molecule templating methodology.    

A common aspect of all these efforts is self-organization in amphiphilic polymer systems containing ionic groups that the individual researchers and working groups exploit in order to reach a particular technical application or to acquire understanding of the underlying physical and physico-chemical principles that are always required to lay solid grounds for a particular practical application.

The aim of the proposed workshop is a comprehensive interdisciplinary review of the current status of the subject and discussion of the most challenging problems and links between fundamental research and the nano-technological applications involving ion-containing polymers. The main subjects approached will be the following:

We expect that the workshop will strengthen the cooperation between the partners in the three projects that was already well noticeable at the 2005 ESF-sponsored workshop between the partners in Arcachon. This will be the last ESF-sponsored meeting of the current partners of the three SONS projects and it is expected that based on the positive experience gained within this framework their cooperation will continue in the future.

Practical arrangements

The ESF sponsorship of this event will make it possible to cover travel and local expenses of 2 participants from each research group participating to the projects AMPHI, SONS-AMPHI, NEDSPE. The ESF support is calculated based on accommodation for 3 nights, meals for 3 days and with an estimated average cost of air tickets within Europe. While the organizers will make every effort to fully use the allocated budget, it may happen that in cases with high transportation costs full reimbursement will not be possible. It is therefore essential to make early flight bookings to keep the transportation costs at an economic level. More participants from each group are welcome as well as participants from other SONS projects. These additional participants will have to cover their expenses. There is no registration fee for this workshop.

The program of the meeting is being prepared so as to have on average 2 oral presentations from each group participating to these projects. In addition there will be one poster session.

For more information please contact Petr Stepanek (stepanek , fax +420 296 809 410) or sympo


SONS / POLYAMPHI Workshop, Prague, October 4-7

Wednesday, October 4
10.00 – 18.00 Registration at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Prague
12.30 Lunch at restaurant Hogo Fogo
Workshop on Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy in Polymer Science
14.00 – 14.45 C. Papadakis Tutorial on Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy
14.45 – 15:15 A. Benda Fluorescence lifetime correlation spectroscopy
15:15 – 15.45 P. Rigler Functional polymeric nanocontainers: What can we learn from FCS measurements?
15.45 – 16:15 H. Zettl FCS investigations of polymer and surfactant systems
16:15 – 16:45 Coffee break
16.45 – 17:15 J. Humpolíčková Employing Z-scan Method in Lateral Diffusion Measurements by Means of Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy: Model Systems versus Cellular Applications
17:15 – 17:45 M. Štěpánek Characterization of block copolymer micelles by FCS
17:45 – 18:15 M. Ruppel FCS and the cmc of amphiphilic block copolymers
19.30 Welcome dinner at Hotel Jelení Dvůr


Thursday, October 5
09.00 – 09.30 O. Borisov Theoretical Aspects of amphiphilic molecular brushes and Janus micelles
09.30 – 09.50 T. Hellweg PNIPAM microgels adsorbed on polyelectrolyte coated surfaces
09.50 – 10.10 A. Kiryi Conductive Polymer Nanowires Grown from Single Polyelectrolyte Molecules
10.10 – 10.30 M. Stamm Copolymer Thin Films as Nanotemplates
10.30 – 10.50 Coffee break
10.50 – 11.20 J.F.Gohy Self-assembly of amphiphilic metallo-supramolecular block copolymers
11.20 - 11.40 P. Košovan Conformational properties of comb-like polyelectrolytes in selective solvent – computer simulation study
11.40 – 12.00 B. O’Driscoll Spontaneous Polyelectrolyte-surfactant film formation at the air-solution interface
12.00 – 12.20 D. Ivanov Columnar Mesophases of Amphiphilic Macromolecules Having Improved Order
12.20 – 14.00 Lunch at restaurant Hogo Fogo
14.00 – 14.30 O. Ikkala Towards “bioinspired” block copolymers and supramolecular complexes: protein-dendron block copolymers and hierarchical self-assembly in block copolypeptide/surfactant complexes
14.30 – 14.50 H. Schlaad Polyion complex aggregates
14.50 – 15.10 M. Burkhardt Investigation of amphiphilic block copolymers based on PIB in aqueous solutions
15.10 – 15.30 D. Pergushov Interpolyelectrolyte Complexes of Star-Shaped Polyelectrolytes
15.30 – 15.50 K. Edler Encapsulation in Polyelectrolyte-Surfactant Nanostructured Films
15.50 – 16.10 Coffee break
16.10 – 16.30 Z. Hordyjewics Synthesis and study of aggregation behavior of hydrophobically modified polybutadienes
16.30 – 16.50 Y. Yan Hierarchical Formation of Complex Coacervate Core Micelles from a Supramolecular Coordination Polymer and a Diblock Copolymer
16.50 – 17.10 I. Gonzales Synthesis of polymeric microgels by MADIX controlled polymerization. Potential precursors to star (co)polymers
17.10 – 17.30 M. Milnera Study of the Electric Charge of Micelles by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis and Light Scattering
17.30 – 18.30 Posters
19.00 Dinner at restaurant Nebozízek



Friday, October 6
09.00 – 09.30 J.C. Cabello Recombinant Elastin-like polymer for advanced applications
09.30 – 09.50 B. Hofs Anti-fouling properties of Complex Coacervate Core Micelles
09.50 – 10.10 S. Lindhoud Complex Coacervate Core Micelles with Proteins
10.10 – 10.30 I. Botiz Processes of Structure Formation of Block Copolymers Containing polypeptides
10.30 – 10.50 Coffee break
10.50 – 11.20 F. Nallet Kinetics of the water swelling of amphiphilic diblock copolymers with adhesive properties
11.20 – 11.40 C. Vebert Nucleo-Polymer Hybrids
11.40 – 12.00 K. Tokarczyk Self-assembly of biocompatible sugar based block copolymers
12.00 – 12.20 L. Billon pH-responsive structures of amphiphilic gradient copolymers
12.20 – 14.00 Lunch at restaurant Hogo Fogo
14.00 – 14.30 V. Ponsinet pH –controlled self-assembly of amphiphilic double-polyelectrolyte block copolymers
14.30 – 14.50 P. Petrov Synthesis and self-assembly of highly asymmetric ABC triblock terpolymers in aqueous media
14.50 – 15.10 P.E. Millard Bis-hydrophilic block copolymers
15.10 – 15.30 A. Polotsky Modeling of Core-shell structures in (AB)n  star- and comblike copolymers
15.30 – 15.50 Coffee break
15.50 – 16.10 J. Lokaj Diblock copolymers comprising poly(2-vinylpyridine-co-acrylonitrile) and polystyrene blocks by nitroxide-mediated radical polymerization
16.10 – 16.30 K. Jelinek Mesoscopic simulations of thermosensitive amphiphilic copolymers
16.30 – 16.50 M. Schumacher Interactions of functionalized Silsesquioxane-Nanoparticles with star-shaped PAA and micelles with PAA shell
16.50 – 17.10 R. Ras Hollow Inorganic Nanospheres and Nanotubes with Tunable Wall Thickness by Atomic Layer Deposition on Self-Assembled Polymeric Templates
19.00 Dinner at restaurant Na Baště


Saturday, October 7  
09.00 – 10.00 General discussion, discussion leaders P. Stepanek, A. Mueller, M. Stamm
10.00 – 10.30 coffee
10.30 – 11.30 Meeting of project leaders of SONS projects
12.00 Lunch at hotel Jelení Dvůr


M. Janata Synthesis and characterization of polyisobutylene-based amphiphilic conetworks
L. Polakova Copolymers containing 4-vinylpyridine, acrylonitrile and styrene units by controlled radical polymerization
D. Gromadzki Sulfonated diblock ionomers - morphological studies and ionic transport properties
E. Pennot-Chang Block copolymer-surfactant complexes: a way to make Janus micelles?
C. Pilar Self-assembly in charged block copolymer systems
A. Gress Structure formation of 2-functionalized polyoxazolines
A. Walther Morphologies, Phase Transitions and Crosslinking of polybutadiene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) micelles
C. Rochette Influence of olycoprotein fetuin A on calcification
G. O. Gil pH responsive diblock copolymers
M. Uchman Self assembly of block polyelectrolytes
P. Cernoch Block copolymers of styrenes and methacrylates in thin layers
F. Schacher Multi-compartment micelles from linear triblock terpolymers
S. Filippov Aggregation of dextran hydrophobically modified by sterically-hindered phenols in aqueous solutions
F. Uhlik A coarse-grained model of PS in toluene
J. Havrankova Association behavior of heteroarm star copolymer. A Monte Carlo study
P. Kosovan Conformational properties of comb-like polyelectrolytes in selective solvent – computer simulation study