Prof. Dr. Peter Strohriegl
Macromolecular Chemistry I
Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-3296
Fax: +49 (0)921 / 55-3206
Room: 4.1 01 572 (NW II)
Peter Strohriegl studied Chemistry at the University of Marburg, where he received his PhD degree in Chemistry in 1984 with Prof. Walter Heitz. Afterwards he moved to the University of Bayreuth. In 1986 he became head of the Materials Laboratory of the Bayreuth Institute for Macromolecular Research (BIMF). He obtained his Habilitation in Macromolecular Chemistry in 1992 and since 1999 he is professor of Macromolecular Chemistry in Bayreuth. In 1995/96 he spent a six month sabbatical at the IBM Research Center in Rüschlikon, Switzerland.
Peter Strohriegl is primarily interested in synthetic work on conjugated organic materials, both polymers and low molar mass materials. These materials include conjugated polymers like poly(phenylenevinylene) (PPV), polyfluorene and polycarbazole as well as low molar mass materials made from oxadiazole, phenylquinoxaline, triazine, fluorene and carbazole building blocks. Within the last years his particular emphasis was on two classes of materials, reactive mesogens and organic glasses. Reactive mesogens are liquid crystalline materials in which the LC-phase can be permanently frozen into a crosslinked polymer by photopolymerization. Molecular glasses do not crystallize upon cooling but form a stable amorphous phase. This allows film formation from these materials which is the prerequisite for many applications of conjugated materials and usually regarded as a typical polymer property.
The novel materials are designed for various high-tech applications, e.g. photoconductor drums for copiers and laser printers, organic light emitting devices (OLEDs) and the rapidly developing field of ‘Organic Electronics’. Currently we are extending our interest to sensor applications. In order to bring the materials to application the Strohriegl group has close collaborations with leading companies in this field. In the last years we had a joint BMBF project on Organic Electronics with Merck and Philips and currently we run a BMBF project on OLEDs for lightning applications together with BASF, Osram and Philips. In addition we have close contacts to a number of European Universities and Research Facilities in the framework of the Marie Curie programmes EUROLED and EUROFET sponsored by the EU.