Entrepreneurial-minded chemist (m/f/d) wanted for tech transfer project!

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Germany,
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 03 Dec 2021

Institute of Biological and Chemical Systems – Functional Molecular Systems (IBCS-FMS / Institute of Organic Chemistry (IOC), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

We are looking for a candidate for a tech transfer project in Prof. Levkin's working group at KIT in cooperation with Blasco group and Mastalerz group (Heidelberg University). The goal is to commercialize a new 3D printing method developed at KIT.

The candidate should develop a business plan (e.g. market analysis, competition analysis, evaluation of the patent landscape, business model development, etc ...) and have a strong interest in implementing this in the further course or in founding a company. The start would be winter 2021. The duration would initially be limited to 6-12 months. If you are interested, please contact levkin">mailto:levkin@kit.edu">levkin @kit.edu. The ideal candidate should have a background in entrepreneurship, business plan preparation, applying for relevant funding and/or expertise in 3D printing.

The ultimate goal of this project is to transfer the technology for 3D printing of porous polymer objects developed within the Cluster 3DMM2O into a commercial product / spin-off company. The developed method for 3D printing porous polymer structures has a number of practically important and novel properties, which can find numerous applications in commercial products. In order to transfer this technology into a product or company, the candidate will have to analyze the market potential, the IP/freedom-to-operate, discuss with potential customers and relevant industry, prepare a business plan, write a proposal for further funding (e.g. EXIST, etc.).

The novel (patented) method for creating inherently porous polymer 3D structures was recently developed at the KIT. The method is based on 3D printing using light-induced polymerization combined with polymerization-induced phase separation. The method was demonstrated using direct laser writing (DLW) as well as digital light projection (DLP) to create both sub-mm or cm-scale 3D porous structures, respectively.


  • 3D Two-Photon Microprinting of Nanoporous Architectures
    Frederik Mayer, Daniel Ryklin, Irene Wacker, Ronald Curticean, Martin Čalkovský, Andreas Niemeyer, Zheqin Dong, Pavel A Levkin, Dagmar Gerthsen, Rasmus R Schröder, Martin Wegener
    Advanced Materials , 2020, 32, 2002044. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202002044 ">https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202002044">https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202...

  • 3D printing of inherently nanoporous polymers via polymerization-induced phase separation
    Zheqin Dong, Haijun Cui, Haodong Zhang, Fei Wang, Xiang Zhan, Frederik Mayer, Britta Nestler, Martin Wegener, Pavel A Levkin
    Nature Communications , 2021. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-20498-1 ">https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-20498-1">https://www.nature.c...

  • 3D printing of superhydrophobic objects with bulk nanostructure
    Zheqin Dong, Maja Vuckovac, Wenjuan Cui, Quan Zhou, Robin H. A. Ras and Pavel A. Levkin
    Advanced Materials , 2021, 2106068. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202106068 ">https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202106068">https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202...

All required laboratory and office space as well as potential consumables and infrastructure will be provided by the Levkin Group at the IBCS-FMS.


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