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Friederike Adams

Surname Adams
First name Friederike
Nationality German
Present position and title Independent Junior Research Group Leader "Precision Polymers for Pharmaceutics"
Dr. rer. nat.

Business address

Institute for Ophthalmic Research
University of Tübingen
Elfriede-Aulhorn-Strasse 7
D-72076 Tübingen,

Phone: +49 (0)711 685 64488
E-mail: friederike.adams[at]

Academic Education

Year Degree University Field of study
2015 - 2019 Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany Polymer Chemistry
2013 - 2015 M.Sc. Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany Chemistry (Main Subject: Organic Chemistry, Minor Subject: Polymer Chemistry)
2010 - 2013 B.Sc. Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany Chemistry

Professional Experience

Period Institution Position Discipline
Since 2021 Independent Junior Research Group Leader University of Stuttgart and University Eye Hospital Tübingen, Germany Polymer Chemistry / Drug Delivery
2018 - 2021 Post-Doc Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany Polymer Chemistry / Drug Delivery/ Pharmaceutical Technology
2020 - 2021 Post-Doc University of Warwick, Coventry, UK Polymer Chemistry

Professional Activities and Functions

Academic Awards

2022, 2021, 2020 Galenus Support awarded by the Galenus Foundation Vienna, Austria
2021 MaterialVital Prize 2020 “Best Young Investigator” awarded by the
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Association
for Pharmaceutical Technology (APV)
2020 Ortner Prize for the PhD thesis awarded by the Johannes B. Ortner Foundation and the Technical University of Munich
2015 "Best Masters 2015"-Award of the Springer-Publisher with subsequent publication of the master thesis


Since 2021 Member of the Controlled Release Society (CRS) German Local Chapter
Since 2016 Member of the German Chemical Society (GDCh)

Travel Grants

2018 DAAD Travel Grant: ACS Meeting in New Orleans

Past and Current Funding

2021 - 2025 Funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science as part of the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments
2020 - 2021 Research fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Selected Publications

  1. Kränzlein, M.; Pehl, T. M.; Adams, F.*; Rieger, B.*, Macromolecules 2021, 54 (23), 10860–10869. “Uniting group-transfer and ring-opening polymerization – block copolymers from functional Michael-type monomers and lactones"
  2. Al-Shok, L.; Haddleton, D. M.; Adams, F.*, In Synthetic Biodegradable and Biobased Polymers, Springer Nature, 2021, accepted. “Progress in catalytic ring-opening polymerization of biobased lactones”
  3. Hartl, N.; Adams, F.; Merkel, O.M.*, Adv. Therap. 2020, "From Adsorption to Covalent Bonding: Apolipoprotein E Functionalization of Polymeric Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery Across the Blood–Brain Barrier"
  4. Adams, F.; Pehl, T. M.; Kränzlein, M.; Kernbichl, S. A.; Kang, J.-J.; Papadakis, C. M.; Rieger, B.*, Polym. Chem. 2020, 11, 4426-4437."(Co)polymerization of (-)-Menthide and racemic β-Butyrolactone with Heteroaromatic Yttrium-bis(phenolates): Tuning Material Properties of Sustainable Polyesters"
  5. Adams, F.; Rieger, B., Technical University of Munich, Process for polymerizing β-butyrolactone, International Patent Application, Publication Number: WO/2019/120846, Published on 26.06.2019, Bulletin 2019/26.
  6. Adams, F.; Pschenitza, M.; Rieger, B.*, ChemCatChem 2018, 10 (19), 4309-4316. "Yttrium-Catalyzed Synthesis of Bipyridine-Functionalized AB-Block Copolymers: Micellar Support for Photocatalytic Active Rhenium Complexes"
  7. Adams, F.; Pahl, P.; Rieger, B.*, Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 509-518. "Metal-Catalyzed Group-Transfer Polymerization: A Versatile Tool for Tailor-Made Functional (Co)Polymers"
  8. Adams, F.; Machat, M. R.; Altenbuchner, P. T.; Ehrmaier, J.; Pöthig, A.; Karsili, T. N. V.; Rieger, B.*, Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56 (16), 9754-9764. "Toolbox of Non-Metallocene-Lanthanides: Multifunctional Catalysts in Group-Transfer Polymerization"
  9. 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"