Role in the Centre
As a polymer chemist, Anja’s research is focused on Soft Matter Materials Design, i.e. novel, efficient, light‐triggered, as well as reversible, photoinduced ligation systems, synthetic approaches to complex macromolecular designs, functional polymers, synthetic biomimetic molecules and the application of those to dynamic (bio)surface modification and materials science.
Anja is a project leader in a transdisciplinary Centre project observing and controlling macromolecular morphologies at the picometer level. The research fuses condensed and soft matter expertise to understand the nanomaterials’ behaviour under various stimuli in TEM. The modelling stream of the Centre underpins the established systems theoretically.
Anja played an integral part in the successful establishment of the Centre for Materials Science at QUT.
Anja is the Senior Strategic Research Advisor of the Division of Research and Innovation and a Senior Research Fellow of the Soft Matter Materials Laboratory at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). In 2010, she completed her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Axel H. E. Müller (University of Bayreuth, Germany). She managed the Soft Matter Materials team since early 2010 (Head Prof. Barner-Kowollik at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany and QUT) until the end of 2019 and played a critical role for the success of the research group being part of its leadership team. Anja is co-supervisor of a range of undergraduate students, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, published 2 invited book chapters and in total 60 scientific papers in high impact macromolecular and materials journals as well as contributed to over 20 conferences as principle author. Anja has a central role for establishing new academic and industrial collaborations and has raised research funding in her previous role as research manager, including involvement at the managerial level of a Centre of Excellence bid in Germany.
“Light Induced Ligation of o-Quinodimethanes with Gated Fluorescence Self-Reporting” Feist, F.; Rodrigues, L.L.; Walden, S.L.; Krappitz, T.W.; Dargaville, T.R.; Weil, T.; Goldmann, A.S.; Blinco, J.P.; Barner-Kowollik, C. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, in press (highlighted in JACS Spotlights).
“Adaptable and Reprogrammable Surfaces” Goldmann, A.S.; Boase, N.R.B.; Michalek, L.; Blinco, J.P.; Welle, A.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1902665.
“Comb Polymers with Triazole linkages under Thermal and Mechanical Stress” Petit, C.; Abbasi, M.; Fischer, T.; Wilhelm, M.; Goldmann, A.S.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Macromolecules 2019, 52, 420-431.
“Photochemical Ligation Meets Nanocellulose: a Versatile Platform for Self-Reporting Functional Materials” Hoenders, D.; Guo, J.; Goldmann, A.S.; Barner-Kowollik, C., Walther, A. Mater. Horiz. 2018, 5, 560-568.
“Visible Light [2 + 2] Cycloadditions for Reversible Polymer Ligation” Marschner, D.; Frisch, H.; Offenloch, J. T.; Tuten, B.T.; Becer, R.; Walther, A.; Goldmann, A.S.; Tzvetkova, P.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Macromolecules 2018, 51, 3802-3807.