Friederike Adams, PhD Student

Raum: 3043, CRC

Tel.   : 54184

email : rike.adams(at)

One of the main issues in polymer synthesis is the design of well-defined structures from simple precursors with accurately designed mechanical, thermal and stimuli-responsive properties via changes in microstructure and composition. The development of catalysts for precise synthesis of polymers with variable tacticity, controllable molecular-weights and narrow molar mass distributions is therefore an essential requirement in the field of polymerization catalysis.

My research projects:

a)    Ring-opening polymerization: Polyhydroxybutyrate is a biopolymer that has high potential for industrial applications. The aim of our research is to develop new production methods, starting from CO2, based on new rare-earth metal catalysts.

My research project is funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Environment and Consumer Protection within BayBiotech research network. (Project 6: "Synthese von Biopolymeren aus Kohlenstoffdioxid-nachhaltige Wege zum PHB")

b)    Group-transfer polymerization: The use of rare earth metal-mediated group-transfer-polymerization allows not only precise molecular-weights and narrow molecular-weight distributions, but also the synthesis of block copolymers in a living-type mechanism.


Friederike Adams, Markus Pschenitza, Bernhard Rieger, ChemCatChem 2018, Accepted Article
"Yttrium-catalyzed Synthesis of Bipyridine-functionalized AB-Block Copolymers: Micellar Support for Photocatalytic Active Rhenium- Complexes"

Friederike Adams, Philipp Pahl, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Rieger, Chemistry - A European Journal 2018, 24, 509-518
"Metal-Catalyzed Group-Transfer Polymerization: A Versatile Tool for Tailor-Made Functional (Co)Polymers"

Friederike Adams, Martin R. Machat, Peter T. Altenbuchner, Johannes Ehrmaier, Alexander Pöthig, Tolga N. V. Karsili, Bernhard Rieger, Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56 (16), 9754–9764
"Toolbox of Nonmetallocene Lanthanides: Multifunctional Catalysts in Group-Transfer Polymerization"

Adams, F., Gruppentransferpolymerisation von Michael-Monomeren. Springer Best Masters 2016. ISBN: 3658135743.

Adams, F.; Altenbuchner, P. T.; Werz, P. D. L.; Rieger, B., RSC Adv. 2016, 6 (82), 78750-78754.
"Multiresponsive micellar block copolymers from 2-vinylpyridine and dialkylvinylphosphonates with a tunable lower critical solution temperature."

Altenbuchner, P. T.; Werz, P. D.; Schöppner, P.; Adams, F.; Kronast, A.; Schwarzenböck, C.; Pöthig, A.; Jandl, C.; Haslbeck, M.; Rieger, B.,  Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22 (41), 14576-84.
"Next Generation Multiresponsive Nanocarriers for Targeted Drug Delivery to Cancer Cells."

Altenbuchner, P. T.; Adams, F.; Kronast, A.; Herdtweck, E.; Pöthig, A.; Rieger, B.,  Polym. Chem. 2015, 6 (38), 6796-6801.
"Stereospecific catalytic precision polymerization of 2-vinylpyridine via rare earth metal-mediated group transfer polymerization with 2-methoxyethylamino-bis(phenolate)-yttrium complexes".