Chaolei Hu

M. Sc.

PhD Student

Chaolei Hu; Photo from DWI Website
Research Area Functional and Interactive Polymers and DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials e.V.


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Room: B 1.51

DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials e.V.

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52056 Aachen


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Overview on Research

My research focuses on the synthesis of new light responsive microgels by incorporating different photoswitchable molecules like azobenzene, spiropyran and DASAs into microgel structure via different methods. The designed microgels would possess light responsive property of photochromic, photoluminescence, hydrophilicity change and so on, which would make the microgels have potential applications in imaging, coatings, drug delivery, catalysis, sensors and actuators.

Research focus

  • Design and synthesis of different photoswitchable molecules
  • Incorporation of photoswitchable molecules to get light responsive microgels
  • Characterization and property investigation of responsive microgels
  • Application of responsive microgels for coating, drug delivery or catalysis