Our Team

Dr. Hatice Mutlu

Research Fellow

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Professional Experience
10/19 – present Senior Scientist, SML, IBG 3, KIT, Germany and affiliated senior researcher at the Soft Matter Materials Laboratory, QUT, Brisbane
01/18 – 09/19 Young faculty member, Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry – Research Group of Prof. P. Theato, KIT, Germany
08/14 – 12/17 Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher under supervision of Prof. Barner-Kowollik, KIT, Germany
02/13 – 07/14 CNRS Post-Doctoral Fellow, French National Centre for Scientific Research, Institute Charles Sadron, Strasbourg, France
01/11 – 01/13 Research Assistant (Res. Ass.), KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany
09/09 – 12/10 Res. Ass., University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
07/08 – 08/09 Res. Ass., Hochschule Emden/Leer, Emden, Germany
08/04–09/04 Department of Chemistry Laboratory, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Istanbul, Turkey

Advanced Synthetic Tools
  • Advanced Light-Induced Reactions, λ-Orthogonal Photoswitches and Photochemistry for Macromolecular Design
  • Reading Sequence Defined Polymers
  • Synthetic Approaches to Complex Macromolecules
  • Self-Reporting Reaction Systems for Structural Readout
  • Ambient Temperature Ligation Methods
  • Complex Folding Processes of Polymers into Biomimetic Structures
  • Metathesis Polymerization
Hybrid Materials

• Biomimetic Synthetic Molecules, Dynamic Photoresponsive Single Chain Nanoparticles (Towards Synthetic Proteins/Biomimetic Adhesives)
• Spatially Resolved Dynamic Covalent Polymer Surfaces
• Self-Healing Materials
• Self-Reporting Materials
• Macromolecular Responsive Nano-Containers
• Novel Sulfur-Based Polymers
• Redox Polymers
• Polymers For Energy (Batteries)
• Novel (Bio)Degradable Polymers

Kinetics and Mechanisms
  • Complex Polymer Architecture Formation Processes
Polymer Characterization

• High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (ESI-MS, MALDI-TOF) of Synthetic Polymers
• Size Exclusion Chromatography with Multiple Detectors
• High Resolution FT-IR Imaging/Microscopy

01/2020 Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators 2020″ by Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom
02/13 – 07/14 CNRS Post-Doctoral Fellow, French National Centre for Scientific Research, Institute Charles Sadron, University of Strasbourg, France
10/2012 PhD graduation award, Sustainable Chemistry (Fachgruppe Nachhaltige Chemie), German Chemical Society (GDCh), supported by Evonik Industries AG, Germany
10/2012 PhD graduation award “Wolff-&-Sohn Price”, Institute for Organic Chemistry, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
06/2011 Fellowship, Sustainable Chemistry (Fachgruppe Nachhaltige Chemie), German Chemical Society (GDCh), Germany
10/07 – 06/08 Scholarship of the Institute of Graduate Studies in Science and Engineering Scholarship, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry Department, Institute of Graduate Studies in Science and Engineering, Bogazici University, Turkey
10/04 – 07/05 Scholarship of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry Department, Marmara University, Turkey
04/2017 Invited Lecture, Materials Research and Technology Department (MRT), Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Luxembourg,

“From renewable to function: synthesis of novel polymeric materials”

08/2016 Invited Lecture, Department of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry Research Group, University of Ghent, Belgium,

“Azobenzene vs. -Benzyl Bisimines: who will be the winner in the “stimuli-responsiveness?”

[722] Synergistic, Orthogonal and Antagonistic Photochemistry for Light-Induced 3D Printing

Hobich, J.; Blasco, E.; Wegener, M.; Mutlu, H.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2022, 2200318 (Invited Article).

[719] Photoswitchable Block Copolymers Based on Main Chain α-Bisimines

Thai, D. L.; Guimarães, T. R.; Spann, S.; Goldmann, A. S.; Golberg, D.; Mutlu, H.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Polym. Chem. 2022, 13, 5625-5635.

[686] Passerini Multi-Component Reactions Enabling Self-Reporting Photo-Sensitive Tetrazole-Polymers

Geiselhart, C.M.; Mutlu, H.; Barner-Kowollik, C.; ACS Macro Lett. 2021, 10, 1159−1166. 

[679] Untapped Toolbox of Luminol Based Polymers

Geiselhart, C. M.; Barner-Kowollik, C.; Mutlu, H. Polym. Chem., 2021, 12, 1732–1748. .

[675] Degradable Redox-Responsive Novel Polyolefin Derivatives

Geiselhart, C. M.; Xue, W.; Barner-Kowollik, C.; Mutlu, H. Macromolecules 2021, 54, 1775-1782.

[664] Prevent or Cure – The Unprecedented Need for Self-Reporting Materials

Geiselhart, C.M.; Mutlu, H.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 2-26.

[634] Chemiluminescent Self-Reporting Supramolecular Transformations on Macromolecular Scaffolds

Geiselhart, C. M.; Mutlu, H.; Tzvetkova, P.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Polym. Chem. 2020,11, 4213-4220.

[569] Contemporary Photoligation Chemistry: The Visible Light Challenge

Offenloch, J. T.; Gernhardt, M.; Blinco, J. P.; Frisch, H.; Mutlu, H.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Chem. Eur. J. 2019, 25, 3700-3709.

[577] A Guanidine-Based Superbase as Efficient Chemiluminescence Booster

Geiselhart, C. M.; Schmitt, C. W.; Joeckle, P.; Mutlu, H.; Barner-Kowollik, C.Sci. Rep. 2019, 9, 14519.

[582] Pyrene Tagged Chloro Oximes as Ambient Light Accelerated Ligation Agents

Offenloch, J. T.; Bastian, S.; Mutlu, H.; Barner-Kowollik, C. ChemPhotoChem 2019, 3, 66-70.

[595] Fully Independent Photochemical Reactivity in One Molecule

Marschner, D.; Franck, C. O.; Abt, D.; Mutlu, H.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Chem. Commun. 2019, 55, 9877-9880.

[609] Self-Reporting Visible Light-Induced Single Chain Collapse

Offenloch, J.; Blasco, E.; Bastian, S.; Barner-Kowollik, C.; Mutlu, H. Polym. Chem. 2019, 10, 4513-4518.

[560] Light Induced Polyethylene Ligation

Offenloch, J. T.; Norsic, S.; Mutlu, H.; Taam, M.; Boyron, O.; Boisson, C.; D´Agosto, F.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Polym. Chem. 2018, 9, 3633-3637.

[553] Self-Reporting Refoldable Profluorescent Single-Chain Nanoparticles

Fischer, T. S.; Spann, S.; An, Q.; Luy, B.; Tsotsalas, M.; Blinco, J. P.; Mutlu, H.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 4696-4702.

[550] A Subtractive Photoresist Platform for Micro- and Macroscopic 3D Printed Structures

Zieger, M. M.; Müller, P.; Blasco, E.; Petit, C.; Hahn, V.; Michalek, L.; Mutlu, H.; Wegener, M.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2018, 28, 1801405.

[548] Interrupted CuAAC Ligation: An Efficient Approach to Fluorescence Labeled Three-Armed Mikto Star Polymers

Offenloch, J. T.; Mutlu, H.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Macromolecules 2018, 51, 2682-2689.

[540] Light-Induced Step-Growth Polymerization of AB-Type Photo-Monomers at Ambient Temperature

Hurrle, S.; Goldmann, A. S.; Gliemann, H.; Mutlu, H.; Barner-Kowollik, C. ACS Macro Lett. 2018, 7, 201-207.

[478] Dynamic Covalent Single Chain Nanoparticles based on Hetero Diels-Alder Chemistry

Wedler-Jasinski, N.; Lueckerath, T.; Mutlu, H.; Goldmann, A. S.; Walther, A.; Stenzel, M. H.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 157-160.

[485] Degradable Fluorescent Single-Chain Nanoparticles Based on Metathesis Polymers

Offenloch, J. T.; Willenbacher, J.; Tzvetkova, P.; Heiler, C.; Mutlu, H.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 775-778.

[492] Dual-Gated Supramolecular Star Polymers in Aqueous Solution

Schmidt, B. V. K. J.; Kugele, D.; von Irmer, J.; Steinkoenig, J.; Mutlu, H.; Rüttiger, C.; Hawker, C.; Gallei, M.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Macromolecules 2017, 50, 2375–2386.

[510] Dual Gated Chain-Shattering Based on Light Responsive Benzophenones and Thermally Responsive Diels-Alder Linkages

Steinkoenig, J.; Zieger, M. M.; Mutlu, H.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Macromolecules 2017, 50, 5385-5391.

[511] Stepwise Light-induced Dual Compaction of Single-Chain Nanoparticles

Claus, T. K.; Zhang, J.; Martin, L.; Hartlieb, M.; Mutlu, H.; Perrier, S.; Delaittre, G.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2017, 38, 1700264.

[520] Spin Fluorescence Silencing Enables an Efficient Thermally Driven Self-Reporting Polymer Release System

Mutlu, H.; Schmitt, C. W.; Wedler-Jasinski, N.; Woehlk, H.; Fairfull-Smith, K. E.; Blinco, J. P.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Polym. Chem. 2017, 8, 6199-6203.

[476] Polybutadiene Functionalization via an Efficient Avenue

Geiselhart, C. M.; Offenloch, J. T.; Mutlu, H.; Barner-Kowollik, C. ACS Macro Lett. 2016, 5, 1146-1151.

[444] Photo- and Metallo-Responsive N-alkyl α-Bisimines as Orthogonally Addressable Main Chain Functional Groups in Metathesis Polymers

Greb, L.; Mutlu, H.; Barner-Kowollik, C.; Lehn, J. M. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 1142−1145. (see journal cover)

[433] Green Chain-Shattering Polymers Based on a Self-Immolative Azobenzene Motif

Mutlu, H.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Polym. Chem. 2016, 7, 2272-2279.

[09] Making the Best of Polymers with Sulfur–Nitrogen Bonds: From Sources to Innovative Materials

H. Mutlu, P. Theato, Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2020, 41, 2000181.

[08] The unrevealed potential of elemental sulfur for the synthesis of high sulfur content bio-based aliphatic polyesters

M. E. Duarte, B. Huber, P.Theato, H. Mutlu, Polym. Chem. 2020, 11, 241-248 (journal back cover).

[07] Post-polymerization modification of polymeric active esters towards tempo containing polymers: A systematic study

W. Xue, H. Mutlu, P. Theato, Eur. Polym. J. 2020, 130, 109660.

[06] Post-polymerization modification of poly(vinylcyclopropanes): A potential route to periodic copolymers

D. H. S. Ntoukam, H. Mutlu, P. Theato, Eur. Polym. J. 2020, 122, 109319.

[05] A bio-inspired hierarchical underwater superoleophobic surface with reversible pH response

X. Huang. H. Mutlu, P. Theato, Adv. Mater. Interfaces. 2020, 7, 2000101.

[04] Dynamic covalent polymer networks via combined nitroxide exchange reaction and nitroxide mediated polymerization

Y. Jia, Y. Matt, Q. An, I. Wessely, H. Mutlu, P. Theato, S. Bräse, A. Llevot, M. Tsotsalas, Polym. Chem. 2020, 11, 2502-2510.

[03] Sulfur chemistry in polymer and materials science

H. Mutlu, E. B. Ceper, X. Li, J. Yang, W. Dong, M. M. Ozmen, P. Theato, Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2019, 40, 1800650.

[02] Soft matter technology at KIT: Chemical perspective from nanoarchitectures to microstructures

S. Grosjean, M. Wawryszyn, H. Mutlu, S. Bräse, J. Lahann, P. Theato, Adv. Mater. 2019, 1806334.

[01] Intercalating electron dyes for TEM visualization of DNA at the single-molecule level

Y. Kabiri, A. Angelin, I. Ahmed, H. Mutlu, J. Bauer, C. M. Niemeyer, H. Zandbergen, C. Dekker, ChemBioChem 2019, 20, 1-10.


We commence the year with a study by Jochen and @FlorianFeist1 in Advanced Materials https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adma.202211074, using advanced microscopy to explore unexpected microparticle chemistry in collaboration with Rasmus Schroeder. Well done, Jochen and Florian @Cluster3DMM2O @QUTmaterials

Check out this awesome photochemistry by @HendrikFrisch from our team and Berwyck Poad @QUTmaterials just out in @angew_chem - well done and very proud of you all.

We have a PhD position opening between AStar's Institute for Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) and our team @QUT @QUTmaterials. If you are interested in fusing machine learning and photochemistry in an exciting project, get in touch at any time. Retweet appreciated.