Stephen Schrettl is a Group Leader in the Polymer Chemistry and Materials group at the Adolphe Merkle Institute of the University of Fribourg.
Stephen studied Chemistry at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany). He received his PhD in Materials Science from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland) in 2014, working with Prof. Holger Frauenrath on the synthesis of reactive oligoyne molecules, the investigation of organic reactions in single crystals, and the development of a wet-chemical approach for the preparation of carbon nanosheets from oligoyne carboxylates. He then performed postdoctoral research first at EPFL, and then with Prof. Christoph Weder at the Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) in Fribourg (Switzerland).
He is interested in the structure-property relationships of supramolecular polymers and the use of different types of non-covalent binding motifs for the preparation of stimuli-responsive polymers. In this context, aspects of chemical synthesis, polymer chemistry, and self-assembly methods are combined to control the structure and function in different classes of polymeric materials.