About Me

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My name is Tina Borke. I’m a polymer chemist, currently based in Helsinki and about to finalize my PhD. My research is focused on synthesis and modification of biopolymers – ranging from biodegradable polyesters for packaging applications to polysaccharide copolymers for targeted ocular drug delivery.

When I’m not cooking up polymers in the lab or talking at seminars, I enjoy challenging myself at the karate dojo or bouldering wall, or I relax curled up on my couch with a knitting project.

This is my personal website, where you can get to know me and learn more about polymers through my blog.  I’m currently seeking job opportunities in the polymers, pharmaceuticals or life science industry in Finland or Germany.

Please contact me to find out how I can help you with your research challenges!

Research experience

Postgraduate researcher Nov 2012 – May 2018 

University of Helsinki (Finland)

Project – Modular and programmable polymeric platform for controlled ocular drug delivery

Graduate researcher Mar 2012 – Sep 2012

KTH Stockholm (Sweden)

Project – Synthesis of advanced materials from renewable resources

Research intern Sep 2011 – Nov 2011

Fraunhofer UMSICHT (Germany)

Project – Development of bio-based polymer blends for film extrusion applications

Research assistant Nov 2010 – May 2011

University of Bayreuth (Germany)

Project – Synthesis of silver nanoparticles and cavitation engineered aluminum microrods for SERS applications


university of helsinki logo PhD in Polymer Chemistry Nov 2012 – May 2018

University of Helsinki (Finland), estimated graduation in May 2018


university of bayreuth logo M.Sc. in Polymer Science Oct 2010 – Oct 2012

University of Bayreuth (Germany), graduated with distinction


university of bayreuth logo B.Sc. in Chemistry Oct 2007 – Sep 2010

University of Bayreuth (Germany)

Featured Publications


graphical abstract of articleHyaluronic Acid Graft Copolymers with Cleavable Arms as Potential Intravitreal Drug Delivery Vehicles

Tina Borke, Mathie Najberg, Polina Ilina, Madhushree Bhattacharya, Arto Urtti, Heikki Tenhu, Sami Hietala, Macromol. Biosci. 2018, 18, 1700200. doi:10.1002/mabi.201700200


graphical abstract of article 2Poly(glyceryl glycerol): A multi-functional hydrophilic polymer for labeling with boronic acids

Tina Borke, Antti Korpi, Fabian Pooch, Heikki Tenhu, Sami Hietala, J. Polym. Sci. Part A: Polym. Chem. 2017, 55, 1822–1830. doi:10.1002/pola.28497


graphical abstract of article 3Optimized triazine-mediated amidation for efficient and controlled functionalization of hyaluronic acid

Tina Borke, Françoise M. Winnik, Heikki Tenhu, Sami Hietala, Carbohydrate Polymers 2015, 116, 42-50. doi:10.1016/j.carbpol.2014.04.012


Journal Covers

cover of journal of polymer science part A: polymer chemistryCover Image, J. Polym. Sci. Part A: Polym. Chem. 2017, 55 (11), 55: i–ii. doi:10.1002/pola.28619