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Wuppertal University

Founded in 1972, the University of Wuppertal (BUW) is still young. Its twin goals are academic excellence in its individual disciplines and the consistent development of the interface between these disciplines and the world of practical experience – in a word, the transfer of knowledge and technological know-how.

With a combination of disciplines that is somewhat unconventional for a German university, BUW offers interesting possibilities – for example in subject combinations for teaching degrees, in interdisciplinary cooperations between the Faculties of Engineering and Economics, or in the field of Safety Engineering, where BUW's degree program is unique in Germany.







The Macromolecular Chemistry Group

The research group of Prof. Dr. Ullrich Scherf aims to develop and optimize synthetic procedures towards organic semiconductor materials. Main focus is the design of tailor-made materials of high purity and with optimum electronic properties. GPC.JPGThe materials are made for various application fields including organic light emitting diodes (OLED), organic solid-state polymer lasers, organic photovoltaics, and polymer electronics (polymer transistors).

Main target of the group is an intense interdisciplinary research with leading partners from Physical Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Printing Technology etc. Since 2006 the Scherf group is member of the Intitute for Polymer Technology (IfP), an interdisciplinary institute with members from Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering and Printing Technology.

The laboratories of the Scherf group are equipped with 12 synthesis workplaces and standard characterization facilities:

    • nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry (NMR)
    • IR spectroscopy
    • UV/vis spectroscopy
    • photoluminescence spectroscopy
    • gel permeation chromatography (eluents:THF, toluene, chloroform)
    • thermogravimetry
    • differential scanning calorimetry
    • atomic force microscopy
    • mass spectrometry



Within the LAMP project the research team at BUW aims for the synthesis of suitable polymers for the formation of inorganic-organic nanocomposites. The team is led by Professor Dr. Ullrich Scherf. Dr. Sybille Allard is responsible for the coordination of the project within the BUW group, while Santhanagopal Ramkumar is focused on the synthesis and characterization of monomers and polymers.



Professor Dr. Ullrich Scherf

Ullrich Scherf_mod.jpgUllrich Scherf studied chemistry at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität in Jena, GDR, gained his Diploma in 1983, and received his Ph.D in 1988 working with Prof. Dr. H.-H. Hörhold. Then he spent a year at the Institut für Tierphysiologie, Universität Jena (Prof. Dr. H. Penzlin). He joined the MPI für Polymerforschung in 1990 and got his habilitation in 1996. From September 2000 to August 2002 he was professor for polymerchemistry at the Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University of Potsdam. Since September 2002 he is professor for macromolecular chemistry at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal.



Dr. Sybille Allard

Sybille Allard_mod.jpgSybille Allard studied chemistry at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz, were she ganed here Diploma in 1998. She received her PhD in 2003 working with Prof. Dr. R. Zentel at the University of Mainz. Since 2004 she is working in the group of Professor Scherf, where she is responsible for the coordination of several projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and by the European Union.




Santhanagopal Ramkumar

Santhanagopal Ramkumar_mod.jpgSanthanagopal Ramkumar studied at the Gandhigam Rural Institute (India), where he received the degree Bachelor of Science in 1999. In 2004 he received the degree Master of Science, working with Prof. N. S. Nagarajan. Between 2004 and 2010 he worked in the group of Prof. S. Ramakrishnan at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore (India), where he received his PhD degree on December, 22nd 2010. Since September 2010 he is working as a postdoc in the group of Professor Scherf, where he is responsible for the synthesis of polymers for the LAMP project.




Where we are

Grifflenberg_Geb.jpgThe macromolecular chemistry group is settled at the main campus of the University of Wuppertal, the Campus Grifflenberg. There you find us in building U, level 10.

By flight

The nearest airports are Düsseldorf or Cologne. From Düsseldorf airport there are train connections to Wuppertal via Düsseldorf main station. From Cologne airport there are train coneections via Cologne main station. From Wuppertal main station the bus lines 615 (direction Remscheid, Fr.-Ebert-Platz), 645 (direction Küllenhahn, Am Burgholz) or the E busses are going to the Campus Grifflenberg.

By train

Wuppertal main station can be reached conveniently by train either by direct connections or by connections via Cologne.

By Car

The Campus Grifflenberg can also be reached conveniently by car:

  • from Bochummotorway exits university BUW.png
      • A 43 to Wuppertal-Nord junction
      • A 46 to exit 33: Wuppertal-Katernberg
      • follow signs to University
  • from Cologne
      • A 1 to exit 94: Wuppertal-Süd
      • take B 51 and follow signs to Wuppertal-Mitte/Wuppertal-Ronsdorf
      • after 1,5 km turn left towards Elberfeld
      • remain on this road, take the flyover at the water tower and drive straight on
      • take second exit, following signs to University.
  • from Dortmund
      • A 1 to Wuppertal-Nord junction
      • A 46 to exit 33: Wuppertal-Katernberg
      • follow signs to University
  • from Düsseldorf
      • A 46 to exit 31: Wuppertal-Ronsdorf/Cronenberg
      • leave dual carriageway after approximately 2 km, following signs to Elberfeld/Universität
      • through Kiesberg tunnel and stay on Viehhof Str.
      • at major junction turn right, following signs to University
  • from Essen/Velbert
      • B 224 to Sonnborner Kreuz
      • follow signs to Cronenberg and  Wuppertal-Ronsdorf
      • leave dual carriageway after approximately 2 km, following signs to Elberfeld/Universität
      • through Kiesberg tunnel and stay on Viehhof Str.
      • at major junction turn right, following signs to University