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 Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics:

Functional Macromolecular Systems: Kinetic Pathways to Obtain Tailored Structures

Macromol.Chem.Phys. 2018 Abetz_Kremer_Müller_Reiter_Fig.2

Authors: Volker Abetz, Kurt Kremer, Marcus Müller, Günter Reiter

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Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz


Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-2461
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Latest Publications

Published in Materials:

Supramolecular Networks from Block Copolymers Based on Styrene and Isoprene Using Hydrogen Bonding Motifs—Part 2: Dynamic Mechanical Analysis

Materials Sep 2018 Rahmstorf Part 2

Authors: Elaine Rahmstorf, Volker Abetz
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Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz


Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-2461
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Latest Publications

Published in Angewandte Chemie, International Edition :

Ultrafast PhotoRAFT Block Copolymerization of Isoprene and Styrene Facilitated through Continuous‐Flow Operation

Angew. Chemie Aug 2018_Lauterbach

Authors: Felix Lauterbach, Maarten Rubens, Volker Abetz, Tanja Junkers

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Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz


Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-2461
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Latest Publications

Published in Macromolecules :

Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity Postmodified by Vinyl Groups for Membrane Applications

Macromolecules Sep 2018 Halder

Authors: Karabi Halder, Silvio Neumann, Gisela Bengtson, Muntazim Nunir Khan, Volkan Filiz, Volker Abetz
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Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz


Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-2461
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Latest Publications

Published in Membranes :

Formation of Thin, Isoporous Block Copolymer Membranes by an Upscalable Profile Roller Coating Process—A Promising Way to Save Block Copolymer

Membranes Aug 2018 Bucher

Authors: Thomas Bucher, Volkan Filiz, Clarissa Abetz, Volker Abetz

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Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz


Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-2461
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Latest Publications

Published in Macromolecular Rapid Communications :

Novel Post treatment Approaches to Tailor the Pore Size of PS-b-PHEMA Isoporous Membranes

Macrom. rapid. comm. Juli 2018 Jiali Wang

Authors: Jiali Wang, Md. Mushfequr Rahman, Clarissa Abetz, Sofia Rangou, Zhenzhen Zhang, Volker Abetz

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Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz


Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-2461
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