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Chair Polymer Chemistry
Prof. Dr. Michael Sommer

Prof. Dr. Michael Sommer

Room: A10.005.2
Phone: +49371 / 531-32507


Research Experience and Affiliations

08/22 Call (W3, succession Mülhaupt) from Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, declined
04/17-present Full Professor (W3) for Polymer Chemistry at TU Chemnitz
10/14-04/17 Member of the Freiburger Institute for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies (FIT)
02/12-04/17 Laboratory head of the Scale-Up Laboratory at the Freiburg Materials Research Center (FMF)
02/12-04/17 Group leader at the Department of Macromolecular Chemistry Freiburg
01/10-01/12 Postdoc at the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis, University of Cambridge, UK (Prof. W. Huck)
06/05-09/09 Research affiliate a at the Department of Macromolecular Chemistry I, University of Bayreuth (Prof. M. Thelakkat)

Education and Degrees

12/16 Venia Legendi in Macromolecular Chemistry from University of Freiburg, Germany
02/06-07/09 PhD at the Department of Macromolecular Chemistry I, University of Bayreuth, Germany (summa cum laude)
10/00-11/05 Diploma in chemistry with distinction at the University of Bayreuth and the University of Granada, Spain


11/16 Call (W3) from the TU Chemnitz
12/16 Helmut-Holzer Prize of the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Freiburg
09/15 Reimund-Stadler Prize of the GDCh for young Professor Aspirants in the field of Polymer-Chemistry
06/15 Max-Buchner-Research Foundation of the DECHEMA
01/15 ADUC Prize for Habilitations 2015
05/10 Otto Warburg Prize “Best PhD Thesis in Chemistry 2009” from the University of Bayreuth

Selected Publications

[102] Highly sensitive, anisotropic and reversible stress/strain-sensors from mechanochromic nanofiber composites.
M. Raisch, D. Genovese, N. Zaccheroni, S. B. Schmidt, M. L. Focarete, M. Sommer, C. Gualandi, Adv. Mater., 2018, accepted.
[90] A Simply Synthesized, Tough Polyarylene with Transient Mechanochromic Response.
F. Kempe, O. Brügner, H. Buchheit, S. N. Momm, F. Riehle, S. Hameury, M. Walter, M. Sommer, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2018, 57 (4), 997-1000.
DOI: 10.1002/anie.201709142
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[77] All-conjugated, all-crystalline donor acceptor block copolymers P3HT-b-PNDIT2 via direct arylation polycondensation.
F. Nübling, H. Komber, M. Sommer, Macromolecules 2017, 50 (5), 1909–1918
DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b00251
[72] On the Effect of Prevalent Carbazole Homocoupling Defects on the Photovoltaic Performance of PCDTBT:PC71BM Solar Cells.
F. Lombeck, H. Komber, D. Fazzi, D. Nava, J. Kuhlmann, D. Stegerer, K. Strassel, J. Brandt, A. D. de Zerio Mendaza, C. Müller, W. Thiel, M. Caironi, R. Friend, M. Sommer, Adv. Energy Mater. 2016, 6, (inside cover) 1601232.
DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201601232
[69] Compatibilization of All-Conjugated Polymer Blends for Organic Photovoltaics.
F. Lombeck, A. Sepe, R. Thomann, R. H. Friend, M. Sommer, ACS Nano 2016, 10, 8087–8096.
DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.6b04244
[63] Defect-free Naphthalene Diimide Bithiophene Copolymers with Controlled Molar Mass and High Performance via Direct Arylation Polycondensation.
R. Matsidik, H. Komber, A. Luzio, M. Caironi, M. Sommer, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 6705–6711.
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b03355
[59] C–H Arylation of Unsubstituted Furan and Thiophene with Acceptor Bromides: Access to Donor–Acceptor–Donor-Type Building Blocks for Organic Electronics.
R. Matsidik, J. Martin, S. Schmidt, J. Obermayer, F. Lombeck, F. Nübling, H. Komber, D. Fazzi, M. Sommer, J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80, 980–987.
DOI: 10.1021/jo502432e
[56] Structure–Function Relationships of High-Electron Mobility Naphthalene Diimide Copolymers Prepared Via Direct Arylation.
A. Luzio, D. Fazzi, F. Nübling, R. Matsidik, A. Straub, H. Komber, E. Giussani, S. E. Watkins, M. Barbatti, W. Thiel, E. Gann, L. Thomsen, C. R. McNeill, M. Caironi, M. Sommer, Chem. Mater. 2014, 26, 6233–6240.
DOI: 10.1021/cm503033j
[54] Identifying Homocouplings as Critical Side Reactions in Direct Arylation Polycondensation.
F. Lombeck, H. Komber, S. I. Gorelsky, M. Sommer, ACS Macro Lett. 2014, 3, 819–823.
DOI: 10.1021/mz5004147
[53] Nickel Catalyst with a Hybrid P, N Ligand for Kumada Catalyst Transfer Polycondensation of Sterically Hindered Thiophenes.
D. Schiefer, T. Wen, Y. Wang, P. Goursot, H. Komber, R. Hanselmann, P. Braunstein, G. Reiter, M. Sommer, ACS Macro Lett. 2014, 3, 617–621.
DOI: 10.1021/mz500282j
[39] Segregated versus Mixed Interchain Stacking in Highly Oriented Films of Naphthalene Diimide Bithiophene Copolymers.
M. Brinkmann, E. Gonthier, S. Bogen, K. Tremel, S. Ludwigs, M. Hufnagel, M. Sommer, ACS Nano 2012, 6, 10319–10326.
DOI: 10.1021/nn304213h
[30] On the Role of Single Regiodefects and Polydispersity in Regioregular Poly(3-hexylthiophene): Defect Distribution, Synthesis of Defect-Free Chains, and a Simple Model for the Determination of Crystallinity.
P. Kohn, S. Huettner, H. Komber, V. Senkovskyy, R. Tkachov, A. Kiriy, R. H. Friend, U. Steiner, W. T. S. Huck, J.-U. Sommer, M. Sommer, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 4790–4805.
DOI: 10.1021/ja210871j