Entrepreneurial-minded chemist (m/f/d) wanted for tech transfer project!
Commercialization of porous architectures produced by 3D printing
Institute of Biological and Chemical Systems – Functional Molecular Systems (IBCS-FMS / Institute of Organic Chemistry (IOC), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
We are looking for a candidate for a tech transfer project in Prof. Levkin's working group at KIT in cooperation with Blasco group and Mastalerz group (Heidelberg University). The goal is to commercialize a new 3D printing method developed at KIT.
The Candidate should develop a business plan (e.g. market analysis, competition analysis, evaluation of the patent landscape, business model development, etc ...) and have a strong interest in implementing this in the further course or in founding a company. The start would be winter 2021. The duration would initially be limited to 6-12 months. If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The ideal candidate should have a background in entrepreneurship, business plan preparation, applying for relevant funding and/or expertise in 3D printing.
Summary of the technology
The ultimate goal of this project is to transfer the technology for 3D printing of porous polymer objects developed within the Cluster 3DMM2O into a commercial product, spin-off company. The developed method for 3D printing porous polymer structures has a number of practically important and novel properties, which can find numerous applications in commercial products. In order to transfer this technology into a product or company, the candidate will have to analyze the market potential, the IP/freedom-to-operate, discuss with potential customers and relevant industry, prepare a business plan, write a proposal for further funding (e.g. EXIST, etc.).
The novel (patented) method for creating inherently porous polymer 3D structures was recently developed at the KIT. The method is based on 3D printing using light-induced polymerization combined with polymerization-induced phase separation. The method was demonstrated using direct laser writing (DLW) as well as digital light projection (DLP) to create both sub-mm or cm-scale 3D porous structures, respectively.
Figure 1. 3D printing of porous polymers by polymerization-induced phase separation.
A. Relevant publications:
3D Two-Photon Microprinting of Nanoporous Architectures
Frederik Mayer, Daniel Ryklin, Irene Wacker, Ronald Curticean, Martin Calkovský, Andreas Niemeyer, Zheqin Dong, Pavel A Levkin, Dagmar Gerthsen, Rasmus R Schröder, Martin Wegener Advanced Materials, 2020, 32, 2002044. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202002044
3D printing of inherently nanoporous polymers via polymerization-induced phase separation
Zheqin Dong, Haijun Cui, Haodong Zhang, Fei Wang, Xiang Zhan, Frederik Mayer, Britta Nestler, Martin Wegener, Pavel A Levkin Nature Communications, 2021. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-20498-1
3D printing of superhydrophobic objects with bulk nanostructure Zheqin Dong, Maja Vuckovac, Wenjuan Cui, Quan Zhou, Robin H. A. Ras and Pavel A. Levkin, Advanced Materials, accepted
Available workspace and research infrastructure:
All required laboratory and office space as well as potential consumables and infrastructure will be provided by the Levkin Group at the IBCS-FMS.