3rd iRTG Workshop (November 20-21, 2017)


This workshop addresses doctoral students in chemistry, physics, biophysics, and related fields in the iRTG “Polymers: random coils and beyond”. The doctoral students will introduce the basic theoretical and technical concepts necessary for an understanding of projects within the iRTG. The iRTG workshop focuses on experimental and theoretical techniques to study synthetic polymer and biopolymer systems.

Topics (preliminary)

  • Structure and dynamics of (bio)polymers
  • Surface energy of porous and surface modified materials
  • Inter- and intramolecular dynamics of polymers
  • Dimension and Dynamics of Unfolded Polypeptide Chains
  • Coarse graining approaches
  • Polymer characterization by chromatography
  • Conformational dynamics in α-helices
  • Force field based molecular dynamics of macromolecules
  • Amyloid beta protein aggregation
  • Interaction between proteins and synthetic polymers
  • Dynamics and charge transport in soft matter
  • Thermophoretic trapping
  • Polymer synthesis techniques
  • Self-healing metallopolymers

Techniques (preliminary)

  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • Fluorescence resonance energy transfer
  • Triplet-Triplet Energy Transfer
  • Broadband dielectric and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy
  • Monte-Carlo methods
  • Molecular dynamics simulation
  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Single-Molecule Fluorescence Spectroscopy
  • Vibrational circular dichroism
  • Langmuir measurements, Brewster angle microscopy
  • Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization
  • Thermophoretic trapping
  • Wide Angle and Small Angle X-Ray Diffraction
  • Chromatography
  • Step-growth and chain polymerization

Terms and Applications

  • Date: November 20-21, 2017
  • Time: 10am-6pm
  • Venue: Leucorea Wittenberg, Collegienstraße 62, 06886 Wittenberg
  • Group size: maximal 30
  • Language: English

Application deadline

The registration is open until October 27, 2017.

Registration for the workshop

The access to the registration form will be sent directly to every iRTG member. Please contact thomas.michael@physik.uni-halle.de in case of interest.


  • Individual via train or car
  • Detailed information (train connection) will be sent to the participants via email


International PhD Meeting, October 13th 2017

On October 13, 2017, the International Office and the International Gra- duate Academy InGrA will organize via the PhD Network this year’s Welcome Meeting “International PhD Meeting 2017”.
The meeting is intended for doctoral candidates who just started with their doctorate as well as for those who are already further along with their thesis.

The event aims at greeting newcomers, giving information about first steps at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and in the city of Halle and at introducing consultation and support services at the university. Doctoral candidates who are in the middle of their doctorate or who are about to finish their dissertation will be given information on the admission to and the process of the doctoral procedure at the respective faculty. Also, there will be room for the participants to ask questions and to get in contact with each other about topics relevant to their PhD.

Registration and programme:


Please email your questions or special requests for topics to phd.network@international.uni-halle.de

Registration until October 5, 2017

Presentation and Rhetoric (January 23-24, 2018)

More than ever, sophisticated presentation skills are vital to one’s professional career in academia.

Junior scientists are regularly called upon to present the results of their research, rarely being given formal training in presentation skills.

The main focus of this workshop is to help you to master the art of persuasive and compelling presentations and to enhance your rhetorical skills. Continue reading “Presentation and Rhetoric (January 23-24, 2018)”

Dr. Kasegoankar, Ajay – Macromolecular chemistry (Binder, MLU)

Title: Synthesis of Complex Polyester-Architectures and their Crystallization

Date of defence: September 14, 2017


  • Synthesis of polymers
  • Click chemistry
  • Ring-Opening Polymerization (ROP)
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Gel-Permeations-Chromatography (GPC)

iRTG meeting (September 20, 2017)

The next iRTG meeting will take place on September 20, 2017. We will meet at Leucorea in Wittenberg at 1.30pm.

The following topics will be presented and discussed:

  • Welcome new members and update of alumni
  • iRTG program WiSe 2017/18
  • Doctoral students seminar
  • Alumni meeting (summary & future plans)
  • next iRTG workshop in Wittenberg
  • Election of iRTG representatives
  • Miscellaneous (RISE program)
  • Upcoming events

Introduction to Rheology (October 10-11, 2017)


This module addresses doctoral students in chemistry, physics, biophysics, and related fields without much prior knowledge or experience in rheological theory and experiments. It introduces the basic theoretical and technical concepts of applications of rheology in polymer science.


During the first half day of the two-day program the necessary theoretical knowledge will be communicated in a series of lectures accompanied by discussions of  selected applications and problems. The program of the second half of the first day and the 2nd day will consist of hands-on experiments and demonstrations in the lab followed by a tutorial in which the acquired knowledge will used for the analysis of the measured data.
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[TRR67] Module “Cell Methods – basic” from 27-29 September 2017 in Leipzig

This course will provide you with an overview of special techniques of cellular functional analysis, e.g. advantages and disadvantages of various cell culture systems, their fields of application and limitations.

For more information on the module, please follow the link: Cell-Methods 2017.

If you want to attend the seminar, please register until 20 September.

Career workshop: Know your competencies – find your job (February 27-28, 2018)

Careers in German universities and research institutes are difficult. Towards the end of your PhD or at the beginning of your postdoctoral years you need to decide whether you like to continue your career up to the professor or if you leave academia and public funded research institutes. This step is difficult to the biggest part of PhD-students because until then they did not find or try alternative career paths.

Continue reading “Career workshop: Know your competencies – find your job (February 27-28, 2018)”