Head of Department
"Without macromolecules the world as we know it would not exist. They are naturally occurring or are produced synthetically and may show diverse structures. Macromolecules form fascinating polymer materials with a large variety of properties for numerous conveniences of our everyday life.
What fascinates me is to produce macromolecules, to concentrate on their structure, to change it and to process it to become a polymer material for producing useful things. In this connection, I do not only want to reveal the structure-property-relationships, but also use them in a targeted way for the material design. Above all I would like to share my experience with young early-stage scientists and inspire them for this diversity in polymer chemistry."
ADVANCED POLYMER SYSTEMS
Currently, the work of our department focuses on three subjects. On the one hand we are coupling polymers of synthetic and biological origin in a suitable way with each other (polymer-analogous implementation, reactive spacer groups, block copolymers). Synthesis of special polymers is also intended. On the other hand we are thoroughly investigating the role and the effect of surface active agents in stabilising aqueous polymer dispersions as advanced coating materials. We would like to understand them better than to date, in order to influence film or layer formation in a targeted way. Thirdly, we are modifying the properties of polymers using functional additives such as plasticisers and flame retardants. Here above all we focus on bio-based systems. In this regard we can already draw on a wealth of experience. In addition, methods for characterising the molecular structure of polymers are gradually established.
In the field of polymer chemistry and characterisation we offer the following services:
development work for testing and optimising formulations and processing procedures in the fields of dispersions, plasticisers and flame resistance,
viscosity measurements and rheological investigations,
dynamic mechanical thermal analysis and thermogravimetric analysis