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(Bio)Functional Surfaces & Coatings

The Abel group at the University of Leipzig (Wilhelm-Ostwald-Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry and Institute of Chemical Technology) is engaged in applied research in the field of polymer coatings and coating technology. We develop smart coating for industrial appliactions with self-cleaning, self-healing or otherwise tailored smart features according to the needs of industry. 

We also develop and investigate bio-active surfaces (flat surfaces, nanoparticles or porous systems) and coatings from a fundamental point of view (such as deseases like Alzheimer's disease) or for sensoric applications. 




1. Niavarani, Z.; Breite, D.; Prager, A.; Abel, B.; Schulze, A., Estradiol Removal by Adsorptive Coating of a Microfiltration Membrane. Membranes 2021, 11 (2), 99. 

2. Ennaceri, H.; Fischer, K.; Hanus, K.; Chemseddine, A.; Prager, A.; Griebel, J.; Kuhnert, M.; Schulze, A.; Abel, B., Effect of Morphology on the Photoelectrochemical Activity of TiO2 Self-Organized Nanotube Arrays. Catalysts 2020, 10 (3), 279. 

3. With, P. C.; Lehnert, J.; Seifert, L.; Dietrich, S.; Krautscheid, H.; Naumov, S.; Prager, A.; Abel, B.; Prager, L.; Helmstedt, U., Photochemical low-temperature synthesis of iron(III) oxide thin films. Appl Surf Sci 2019, 493, 525-532. 

4. Neff, A.; Niefind, F.; Abel, B.; Mannsfeld, S. C. B.; Siefermann, K. R., Imaging Nanoscale Morphology of Semiconducting Polymer Films with Photoemission Electron Microscopy. Adv Mater 2017, 29 (29), 1701012-. 

5. With, P. C.; Helmstedt, U.; Naumov, S.; Sobottka, A.; Prager, A.; Decker, U.; Heller, R.; Abel, B.; Prager, L., Low-Temperature Photochemical Conversion of Organometallic Precursor Layers to Titanium(IV) Oxide Thin Films. Chem Mater 2016, 28 (21), 7715-7724.


 1. Glass, S.; K├╝hnert, M.; Lippmann, N.; Zimmer, J.; Werdehausen, R.; Abel, B.; Eulenburg, V.; Schulze, A., Photosensitizer-loaded hydrogels for photodynamic inactivation of multirestistant bacteria in wounds. Rsc Adv 2021, 11 (13), 7600-7609. 

2. John, T.; Greene, G. W.; Patil, N. A.; Dealey, T. J. A.; Hossain, M. A.; Abel, B.; Martin, L. L., Adsorption of Amyloidogenic Peptides to Functionalized Surfaces Is Biased by Charge and Hydrophilicity. Langmuir 2019, 35 (45), 14522-14531. 

3. John, T.; Dealey, T. J. A.; Gray, N. P.; Patil, N. A.; Hossain, M. A.; Abel, B.; Carver, J. A.; Hong, Y. N.; Martin, L. L., The Kinetics of Amyloid Fibrillar Aggregation of Uperin 3.5 Is Directed by the Peptide's Secondary Structure. Biochemistry-Us 2019, 58 (35), 3656-3668. 

4. Zernia, S.; Frank, R.; Weisse, R. H. J.; Jahnke, H. G.; Bellmann-Sickert, K.; Prager, A.; Abel, B.; Strater, N.; Robitzki, A.; Beck-Sickinger, A. G., Surface-Binding Peptide Facilitates Electricity-Driven NADPH-Free Cytochrome P450 Catalysis. Chem Cat Chem 2018, 10 (3), 525-530. 

5. Martin, L. L.; Kubeil, C.; Piantavigna, S.; Tikkoo, T.; Gray, N. P.; John, T.; Calabrese, A. N.; Liu, Y. Q.; Hong, Y. N.; Hossain, M. A.; Patil, N.; Abel, B.; Hoffmann, R.; Bowie, J. H.; Carver, J. A., Amyloid aggregation and membrane activity of the antimicrobial peptide uperin 3.5. Peptide Sci 2018, 110 (3), 24052. 

6. John, T.; Gladytz, A.; Kubeil, C.; Martin, L. L.; Risselada, H. J.; Abel, B., Impact of nanoparticles on amyloid peptide and protein aggregation: a review with a focus on gold nanoparticles. Nanoscale 2018, 10 (45), 20894-20913. 

7. John, T.; Abel, B.; Martin, L. L., The Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation Monitoring (QCM-D) Technique Applied to the Study of Membrane-Active Peptides. Aust J Chem 2018, 71 (7), 543-546. 

8. Sajfutdinow, M.; Uhlig, K.; Prager, A.; Schneider, C.; Abel, B.; Smith, D. M., Nanoscale patterning of self-assembled monolayer (SAM)-functionalised substrates with single molecule contact printing. Nanoscale 2017, 9 (39), 15098-15106. 

9. Zernia, S.; Ott, F.; Bellmann-Sickert, K.; Frank, R.; Klenner, M.; Jahnke, H. G.; Prager, A.; Abel, B.; Robitzki, A.; Beck-Sickinger, A. G., Peptide-Mediated Specific Immobilization of Catalytically Active Cytochrome P450 BM3 Variant. Bioconjugate Chem 2016, 27 (4), 1090-1097. 

10. Pagel, M.; Hassert, R.; John, T.; Braun, K.; Wiessler, M.; Abel, B.; Beck-Sickinger, A. G., Multifunctional Coating Improves Cell Adhesion on Titanium by using Cooperatively Acting Peptides. Angew Chem Int Edit 2016, 55 (15), 4826-4830. 

11. Gladytz, A.; Abel, B.; Risselada, H. J., Gold-Induced Fibril Growth: The Mechanism of Surface-Facilitated Amyloid Aggregation. Angew Chem Int Edit 2016, 55 (37), 11242-11246.