PhD and research in an interdisciplinary environment

PhD and research in an interdisciplinary environment

You aim at doing a PhD thesis in a highly interdisciplinary research environment in science? You would like to study in Germany but your field of interest does not really fit with the traditional categorisation into subjects like biology, chemistry, geoscience, physics or medicine?
The MPGC is a virtual department across two Max Planck Institutes and four faculties of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, created for interdisciplinary projects. We offer an advanced PhD program in these research topics to excellent candidates from all over the world. The Graduate Center has its own doctoral degree regulations, promoting interdisciplinary research, and awards the young scientists after a successful defense with the degree "Doktor rerum naturalium" (Dr. rer. nat.) of the University of Mainz complemented by the logo of the Max Planck Society.


MyrDOL, a Protected Dihydroxyfunctional Diene Monomer Derived from β-Myrcene:
Functional Polydienes from Renewable Resources via Anionic Polymerization

New MPGC speakers

New MPGC speakers

May 19, 2022
Prof. Dr. Tanja Weil and Prof. Dr. Mischa Bonn new joint MPGC speakers

Designing bioresponsive nanomaterials for intracellular self-assembly
Imitating nature's supramolecular assemblies inside cells is a challenging task that could help advance nanomedicine and synthetic biology. This review highlights recent advances in the design of synthetic materials for intracellular self-assembly.

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Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science 

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Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Geosciences

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Participating Max Planck Institutes

Max Planck Institute for Chemistry

Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

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