Prof. Harm-Anton Klok

Full Professor

Harm-Anton Klok was born in 1971 and studied chemical technology at the University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands) from 1989 to 1993. He received his Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of Ulm (Germany) after working with M. Möller. After postdoctoral research with D. N. Reinhoudt (University of Twente) and S. I. Stupp (University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, USA), he joined the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (Mainz, Germany) in early 1999 as a project leader in the group of K. Müllen. In November 2002, he was appointed to the faculty of EPFL.


Research Area

The research activities of our laboratory are subdivided in three major areas: (i) peptide/protein – synthetic polymer hybrid materials, (ii) polymer brushes and (iii) precision polymerization. Our activities in the area of peptide/protein – synthetic polymer hybrids aim at the design and preparation of novel materials, in particular for biomedical applications, by intelligently and synergistically combining the properties of synthetic polymers and their biological counterparts. Our interest in tthe area of polymer brushes is in using so-called controlled surface-initiated polymerization techniques to prepare polymer brush based coatings to tune the surface properties of a wide variety of materials. The term precision polymerization refers to the synthesis of polymers with a well-defined composition and architecture. In this area we are developing various star-shaped, dendritic and hyperbranched polymers that are designed to encapsulate, transport and release various guest substances.


Harm-Anton KLOK
MXD 112 (Bâtiment MXD)
Station 12
CH-1015 Lausanne