Walter Richtering

RWTH Aachen University

Structure and dynamics of polymers and colloids on very different length and time scales. Study of design principles of materials with complex properties based on architecture and morphology of polymers and nanoparticles, as well as chemical composition. Systems that are prepared and studied include adaptive microgels, nanoparticle, bio-colloids, hydrogels, polyelectrolytes, vesicles, and emulsions.


since 2003Professor for Physical Chemistry at RWTH Aachen University
2000-2003Professor for Physical Chemistry at Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel
1991-1996Habilitation with Prof. Mülhaupt in Freiburg on "Concentrated colloidal systems under shear"
1991Postdoc with Prof. Lenz and Prof. Winter at University of Massechusetts, Amherst, MA, USA on "Rheological properties of biodegradable thermoplastic elastomers"; Feodor-Lynen fellowship of Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung.
 PhD with Prof. Burchard on "Semi-dilute solutions of liquid crystalline polymers" at University of Freiburg
 Diploma thesis on "Static and dynamic light scattering from micellar solutions"
 University studies on chemistry at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg


Physical Chemistry of Polymers and Colloids

Experimental techniques:

  • light scattering using static, dynamic, and 3D cross-correlation scattering
  • small-angle X-ray and neutron scattering (SAXS, SANS)
  • particle sizing using flow particle image analyzer, zeta sizer, and NanoSight
  • two-focus fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS)
  • UV-vis, fluorescence, and infrared spectroscopy
  • rheology and rheo-optics
  • pendent drop, Langmuir trough, and interfacial rheometry measurements for oil/water and air/water interfaces
  • stopped-flow measurements

Recent Publications


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