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.