Andrij Pich (A.)
The work group of Andrij Pich has acquired many years of expertise in synthesizing functional stimuli-responsive polymers and colloidal particles with controlled chemical structure and morphology. Various molecular building blocks such as monomers and macromonomers have been developed and used for the controlled synthesis of macromolecular- and hybrid structures by controlled polymerization/cross-linking in homogeneous and heterogeneous systems as well as precipitation processes. The running research projects focus on: I) synthesis of stimuli-responsive reactive macromolecules with defined chemical structure and architecture by controlled radical polymerisations (RAFT, ATRP); II) synthesis of tailored nano- and microgels with controlled size, chemical structure and stimuli-responsiveness, and III) design of interactive polymer-based materials (fibers, thin films and composites) using polymers and microgels as functional building blocks targeting applications in catalysis, biomaterials, plant care and functional coatings.
Professional career history
In 2009 Andrij Pich was appointed to Lichtenberg Professor for Functional and Interactive Polymers at RWTH Aachen University and since 2019 he is also a Professor for Biobased Polymers at Maastricht University. After studying chemical technology at State University "Lvivska Polytechnika" Lviv/Ukraine he received his PhD from the Technical University Dresden in 2001. In 2006/2007 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto/Canada and completed his habilitation in 2008 at Technical University Dresden. His research focusses on the synthesis of functional stimuli-responsive polymers and polymer colloids with variable chemical structures and morphologies and their use for the design of functional and interactive materials.