Institute of Polymer Research
Focus of the research at the Institute of Polymer Research are membranes and multifunctional polymeric materials for applications in separation and coating. Due to the interdisciplinary integration of natural 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.
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".
An opening for molecules: Polymer research scientists develop double switchable membrane
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Pharmaceutical residues in water can pose a danger to humans. Due to the fact that these molecules are soluble in water, there has been increasing evidence of their presence in groundwater for some years. Filtration is often very difficult as these trace substances are so minute. Such trace substances could be removed from the water with the use of new membranes developed by polymer researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG).
EU-Project completed: With SELFMEM to intelligent membranes
The project “Self-assembled Polymer Membranes”, in short SELFMEM, which was funded by the European Union with the sum of 3.6 million euro, has now been completed with a final meeting held at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht. The twelve partners of the SELFMEM group carried out research on self-organising isoporous membranes. The three year project was coordinated by the Institute of Polymer research.
German-Chinese Cooperation for the Development of Biomaterials launched
Today, the cooperation agreement between the GKSS Research Centre in Geesthacht and the Chinese Tianjin University for the future cooperation of the two institutions has been signed in Teltow, Germany by Prof Dr Wolfgang Kaysser, scientific director of GKSS, and Prof Dr Gong Ke, president of Tianjin University. This cooperation aims at intensifying the development of innovative material for regenerative medicine. Here, the commonly lead "Tianjin University – GKSS Joint Laboratory for Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine" is a basic element of this cooperation.