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PhD student

About me


Since 10/2022: PhD student in the Hugel/ Balzer Lab

04/2019 - 09/2022: M.Sc. in Chemistry at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg

Master thesis: Synthesen funktionalisierten Phthalocyanine zur Gewinnung von photodynamisch aktiven Antikörper-Phthalocyanin-Konjugaten in the group of Prof. Dr. Brückner at the Institute of Organic Chemistry

10/2013 - 03/2019: B.Sc. in Chemistry at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg

Bachelor thesis: Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy: Temperature dependence of the streching behaviour of Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) in the group of Prof. Dr. Hugel

Research: AFM based characterization of out-of-equilibrium materials

Autonomous assembly of building blocks into structures is a common process in living systems, for example in microtubules. This self-assembly process is often controlled by the concentration of the building blocks and chemical fuels (in Biology often nucleotides). My objective is to investigate the out-of-equilibrium assembly in an artificial peptide-based system via atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging in real time.




 A. Kolberg, C. Wenzel, T. Hugel, M. Gallei & B.N. Balzer*
Covalent attachment of single molecules for AFM-based force spectroscopy
J. Vis. Exp., 157, e60934 (2020).



A. Kolberg, C. Wenzel, K. Hackenstrass, R. Schwarzl, C. Rüttiger, T. Hugel*, M. Gallei, R.R. Netz* & B.N. Balzer*
Opposing temperature dependence of the stretching response of single PEG and PNiPAM polymers
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 141 (29), 11603 (2019).

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