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Rainer Haag

Rainer Haag


Chair Professor of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry,

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Freie Universität Berlin


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      Dr. Rainer Haag completed his PhD thesis (1995) in Organic Chemistry on Highly Strained Acepentalene Derivatives with Prof. A. de Meijere, University of Göttingen, Germany. In 1994 he joined the group of Prof. M. Rabinovitz, Hebrew University, Jerusalem (Israel) as a visiting researcher. In 1996-1997 he worked as a Postdoc with Prof. S. V. Ley, University of Cambridge (England) on the total synthesis of Spongistatine and soluble polymeric supports for combinatorial synthesis. As a research fellow (1997-1999) with Prof. G. M. Whitesides, Harvard University, Cambridge (USA) he worked on the electronic properties of self-assembled monolayers, nanostructuring of surfaces and multivalent drugs. From 1999 until 2002 he completed his habilitation on "Dendritic Polymers as High-loading Supports for Organic Synthesis and Drug-Delivery" and was research group leader at the Materials Research Center (FMF) of the University of Freiburg (Mentor: Prof. Rolf Mülhaupt). In May 2003 he became Associate Professor in Organic Polymer Chemistry at the University of Dortmund. In 2004 Rainer Haag accepted a Chair position at the Freie Universität Berlin. He is recipient of the ADUC-Habilitanden prize (2000), the Reimund-Stadler prize (2001) and the Heinz-Maier Leibnitz prize (2002) of the German Chemical Society. In 2003 he received the Dozenten Award of the German Chemical Industry. He was a co-founder of Hyperpolymers, a company specialized on dendritic polymers and he is advisor for two start-up companies (nanopartica and Dendropharm) that license the group’s technology. With Dendropharm he received the Innovation award Berlin-Brandenburg 2016. Dr. Haag has published over 430 peer-reviewed papers. He is a member of the advisory board of Angewandte Chemie, and several ACS journals. Since 2008 he is the head of the collaborative research center SFB 765 "Multivalency a chemical organization and action principle" and since 2009 spokesperson for the Focus Area Nanoscale at the FUB. His current major research interests include highly functional multivalent nanomaterials for catalysis, macromolecular nanotransporters for DNA- and drug-delivery and for the interaction with biointerfaces with particular focus on pathogen capture.

Representative Publications

[1]   I. Donskyi, R. Haag et al, Interactions of Fullerene-Polyglycerol Sulfates at Viral and Cellular Interfaces. Small, (2018) (DOI: 10.1002/smll.201800189)

[2]   C. Cheng, R. Haag, et al, A Water-Processable and Bioactive Multivalent Graphene Nano-Ink for Highly Flexible Bio-Electronic Films and Nanofibers. Adv. Mater. 30 1705452 (2017) (DOI:10.1002/adma.201705452)

[3]   A. Setaro, R. Haag, et al, Preserving p-conjugation in covalently functionalized carbon nanotubes for optoelectronic applications. Nature Comm. 8, 14281 (2017) (DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14281)

[4]   W. Chen, R. Haag, et al, pH-Degradable PVA-Based Nanogels via Photo-Crosslinking of Thermo-Preinduced Nanoaggregates for Controlled Drug Delivery. J. Control Release 259 160-167 (2016)  (DOI: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2016.10.032)

[5]   S. Bhatia, R. Haag, et al, Pathogen Inhibition by Multivalent Ligand Architectures. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138 8654–8666 (2016) (DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b12950) 

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