SFB 985 Functional Microgels and Microgel Systems

September 19 – 22, 2022 in Monschau, Germany

The third summer international school on Microgels, organized by the SFB 985 Functional Microgels and Microgel Systems at RWTH Aachen University, is approaching. The summer school will take place in Monschau, Germany (near Aachen) September 19-22 2022. The lectures, we will again be held by world leading scientists with expertise from different fields with a common interest in microgels.



  • Synthesis strategies for functionalized microgels
  • Characterization techniques for microgels
  • Computer simulations on different length scales
  • Physical properties and behavior of microgels and microgel suspensions
  • Applications and uses of microgels across disciplines

Confirmed Speakers

  • Michel Cloitre, CNRS (France)
  • Jérôme Crassous, SFB 985, RWTH Aachen (Germany)
  • Alberto Fernandez-Nieves, University of Barcelona (Spain)
  • Yuri Gerrelli, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona (Italy)
  • Thomas Hellweg, Bielefeld University (Germany)
  • Sonja Herres-Pawlis, SFB 985, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
  • Judith Houston, European Spallation Source ESS, Lund (Sweden)
  • Matthias Karg, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (Germany)
  • Kai Leonhard, SFB 985, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
  • Adel Mhamdi, SFB 985, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
  • Janne-Mieke Meijer, Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands)
  • Andrij Pich, SFB 985, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
  • Igor Potemkin, SFB 985, DWI Aachen (Germany)
  • Brian Saunders, The University of Manchester (Great Britain)
  • Andrea Scotti, SFB 985, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
  • Emanuela Zaccarelli, “La Sapienza” University Rome (Italy)
  • Laura De Laporte, RWTH Aachen (Germany)


Registration is closed

You can contact us by Email to summerschool@microgels.de.

If you haven’t done so yet, please send your abstract using the following template.


The poster boards will be 90 cm (width) x 200 cm (hight). For the poster size A0 (portrait format; 84,1 x 118,9 cm) is recommended.

Travel Information

Please note

As the school will on September 19 in the morning and will end with a farewell dinner in Aachen at September 22 in the evening, we recommend travel from and to Aachen for September 18 and September 23, respectively. A bus transfer from/to Aachen to/from Monschau will be available before and after the school.

Sun, Sept 18Arrival to Aachen
Mon, Sept 19 –
Thu, Sept 22
Summer School in Monschau with bus transfer from and back to Aachen
Thu, Sept 22Farewell Dinner in Aachen
Fri, Sept 23Departure from Aachen


There will be no fee for the summer school and costs for the hotel in Monschau from Sept 19-22 will be covered by the SFB 985.

Travel (flight/train to Aachen) as well as accommodation in Aachen for the night before and after the summer school have to be organized and covered by the participants.

Travelling to Aachen

You can travel to Aachen by train (information on www.bahn.de)

The closest airports are Düsseldorf or Cologne/Bonn airport. From there you can reach Aachen by train.

Bus Transfer to Monschau

The bus transfer from Aachen to Monschau will leave at the Institute of Physical Chemistry (IPC, Landoltweg 2, 52074 Aachen) on Monday September 19 at 9:00 h. Please, be there latest 8:45 h.

IMPORTANT: Please, let us know if you’ll take the bus with us, by filling in the survey. The link was sent to you by Email.

Getting to the Hotel yourself

In case you cannot not travel with us in the bus from Aachen to Monschau for whatever reason, you can also reach the hotel (Michel and Friends, Laufenstr. 82, 52156 Monschau) by public transport (bus SB66 from Aachen Bushof or Aachen Rothe Erde. Aachen Rothe Erde is the first Aachen-trainstop coming from Cologne; please note that not all trains stop there)). Take the bus SB66 to Monschau Parkhaus and get off the bus at the last stop (Monschau Parkhaus). The hotel is about 100 m from that stop in the direction from which you came.

IMPORTANT: Please, let us know whether you’ll take the bus with us or not, by filling in the survey. The link was send to you by Email.


Day 1 – Monday September 19

TimeEventTitle and Speaker
9:00Departure from Aachenfrom IPC, Landoltweg 2, 52074 Aachen
10:00Registration / Coffee
10:45Opening RemarksAndrij Pich (RWTH Aachen University, SFB 985)
11:00Lecture 1Engineering Crosslinks in Microgels: Towards Soft Adaptive Colloidal Systems
Andrij Pich (RWTH Aachen University, SFB 985)
12:00Lecture 2Core-Shell Microgels with Rigid Cores
Matthias Karg (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf)
14:00Lecture 3Rheological Signatures of Softness in Microgel Suspensions
Michel Cloitre, CNRS
15:00 Coffee and Check-In
15:45Lecture 4Model-based experimental analysis of microgel synthesis: valid models at minimal effort
Adel Mhamdi (RWTH Aachen University, SFB 985)
16:45Lecture 5Physical Modelling of Thermodynamic and Kinetic Properties of Microgels and their Synthesis
Kai Leonhard (RWTH Aachen, SFB985)
19:00Posters I

Day 2 – Tuesday September 20

TimeEventTitle and Speaker
8:30Lecture 6Computer simulation of realistic microgels: from individual to collective behavior
Emanuela Zaccarelli (Sapienza University)
9:30Lecture 7On the nature of the high elasticity and swelling of gels and microgels
Igor Potemkin (DWI, SFB 985)
11:00Lecture 8Tailored Metal Complexes for Oxidation, Polymerisation and Depolymerisation and Their Anchoring in Microgels
Sonja Herres-Pawlis (RWTH Aachen University, SFB 985)
12:00Lecture 9 Microgels to solve tissue engineering challenges
Laura De Laporte (RWTH Aachen University, SFB 985)
14:30- 17:00Hiking-Tour
19:00Posters II

Day 3 – Wednesday September 21

TimeEventTitle and Speaker
8:30 Lecture 10Exploring the structure of microgels in bulk using small-angle scattering
Judith Houston (ESS)
9:30Lecture 11Microgels at Liquid Interfaces: What can Neutron Reflectometry tell
Yuri Gerelli (Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona)
11:00Lecture 12How can we define and measure the nanogel’s softness?
AndreaScotti (RWTH Aachen University)
12:00Lecture 13The ionic cloud around “neutral” microgels: Its importance and an estimate using SANS
Alberto Fernandez-Nieves (University of Barcelona)
14:00Lecture 14Soft non-NIPAM based “core-shell” microgels – Core-shell vs. interpenetrating network  structure
Thomas Hellweg (Bielefeld University)
16:00Monschau Guided Tour
18:00Dinner / Game Night

Day 4 – Thursday September 22

9:00 Lecture 15How microgels can provide new types of hydrogels and improve the performance of solar cells
Brian Saunders (The University of Manchester)
10:00Lecture 16Does size matter for microgels?
Jérôme Crassous (RWTH Aachen University, SFB 985)
11:30Lecture 17Phase Transitions in Dense Microgels Systems: Crystallization and Melting
Janne-Mieke Meijer (Eindhoven University)
12:30Closing RemarksWalter Richtering (RWTH Aachen, SFB 985)
14:00Bus leaving to Aachen
16:30Guided Tour
Aachen Cathedral
19:00Farewell Dinner Place will be announced

A pdf-download of the Program is available at the top of this page.