Prof. Fredric M. Menger
Artificial self-assembling systems, and, of course, their practical utility, are the author's area of research. The fundamental units of such systems, whether used for the controlled release of cancer therapeutics, antifouling agents in marine paints, the decontamination of environmentally dangerous substances, or the synthesis of porous polymers with high surface functionality, are always molecular aggregates such as micelles, vesicles, or water pools. For the most efficient, directed synthesis of such aggregates with definite properties, one of the author's main interests is the question of which parameters influence the structure and properties of these aggregates. In this “personalized lecture”, Menger gives a stimulating insight into his studies.