Institute of Polymer Research

Laboratory for anionic polymerisation  more

Precision work: casting of membranes  more

Blockcopolymer membrane  more

Scanning electron microscope  more

Polymer processing by extrusion  more

Pilot plant for CO2/N2 separation  more

Membranes - Materials and Processes

Focus of the research at the Institute of Polymer Research are membranes for applications in separation. Due to the interdisciplinary integration of material sciences and engineering, our research covers the full spectrum from basic research to industrial application. The latest equipment and methods for the synthesis, characterization and processing of polymers, as well as for membrane preparation, module development and design, and modelling of separation processes substantiate our competence in the field of polymer science and membranes.

The Institute has about 50 employees, of which a quarter are Ph.D. and Master students training in collaboration with various universities.

The majority of our research activities is part of the "Advanced Engineering Materials" programme which is integrated in the Helmholtz research area "Key Technologies".

Latest Publications

Published in Polymers:

Thermal Cross Linking of Novel Azide Modified Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity—Effect of Distribution and the Gas Separation Performance

Neumann_Polymers Jul 2019 Thermal Cross Linking of Novel Azide...

Authors: Silvio Neumann, Gisela Bengtson, David Meis, Volkan Filiz

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Dr. Volkan Filiz


Dr. Volkan Filiz

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Latest Publications

Published in Advanced Materials Interfaces :

Structure of Nonsolvent-Quenched Block Copolymer Solutions after Exposure to Electric Fields during Solvent Evaporation

Advanced Materials Interfaces Jul 2019 Dreyer

Authors: Oliver Dreyer, Mei-Ling Wu, Maryam Radjabian, Clarissa Abetz, Volker Abetz

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Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz


Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz

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Latest Publications

Published in Rheologica Acta :

Phase behaviour and dynamics of Pluronic®-based additives in semidilute solutions of poly(ethersulfone) and poly(N-vinyl pyrrolidone): Rheological and dynamic light scattering experiments

Rheol. Acta Jul 2019 Handge_Phase behaviour and dynamics of Pluronic...

Authors: Ulrich A. Handge, Oliver Gronwald, Martin Weber, Birgit Hankiewicz, Volker Abetz

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PD Dr. Ulrich Handge


PD Dr. Ulrich Handge

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Latest Publications

Published in Chemie Ingenieur Technik :

Material-Auswahlbox zur Herstellung fortgeschrittener Polymermembranen für die Wasseraufbereitung

Graphical Abstract Cit Panglisch Et Al

Authors: Stefan Panglisch, Arman Kouchaki Shalmani, Martin Weber, Oliver Gronwald, Peter Berg, Martin Heijnen, Michaela Krug, Marcel Koti, Andreas Nahrstedt, Volker Abetz, Ulrich A. Handge, Lara Grünig, Mathias Ulbricht, Inga Stratmann

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PD Dr. Ulrich Handge


PD Dr. Ulrich Handge

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Latest Publications

Published in Green Chemistry:

Synthesis and self-assembly of biobased poly(limonene carbonate)-block-poly(cyclohexene carbonate) diblock copolymers prepared by sequential ring-opening copolymerization

Bailer_Green Chemistry April 2019_Synthesis and self-assembly of biobased poly(limonene carbonate)-block-poly(cyclohexene carbonate)...

Authors: Janina Bailer, Stefan Feth, Felix Bretschneider, Sabine Rosenfeldt, Markus Drechsler, Volker Abetz, Holger Schmalz, Andreas Greiner

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Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz


Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz

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Latest Publications

Published in Membranes :

Novel Polymeric Thin-Film Composite Membranes for High-Temperature Gas Separations

Membranes_Apr 2019_Weigelt

Authors: Fynn Weigelt, Sara Escorihuela, Alberto Descalzo, Alberto Tena, Sonia Escolástico, Sergey Shishatskiy, Jose Manuel Serra, Torsten Brinkmann

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Dr. Torsten Brinkmann


Dr. Torsten Brinkmann

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