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 Journal of Membrane Science :

Bovine serum albumin selective integral asymmetric isoporous membrane

Wang J. of Membr. Science März 2020 graphical Abstract

Authors: Jiali Wang, Md. Mushfequr Rahman, 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 Journal of Materials Chemistry A :

High-Performance Asymmetric Isoporous Nanocomposite Membranes with Chemically-Tailored Amphiphilic Nanochannels

Zhang Mar 2020 J. of Materials Chemistry

Authors: Zhenzhen Zhang, Md. Mushfequr Rahman, 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 Progress in Polymer Science :

Advanced Porous Polymer Membranes from Self-Assembling Block Copolymers

Radjabian Polymer Science Jan 2020

Authors: Maryam Radjabian, 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 Israel Journal of Chemistry :

Quo Vadis, Macromolecular Science? Reflections by the IUPAC Polymer Division on the Occasion of the Staudinger Centenary

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Authors: Volker Abetz, Chin Han Chan, Christine K. Luscombe, John B. Matson, Jan Merna, Tamaki Nakano, Guido Raos, Gregory T. Russell

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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 :

Enhanced Stability of Li-RHC Embedded in an Adaptive TPXTM Polymer Scaffold

Le...Georgopanos Materials Feb 2020

Authors: Thi Thu Le, Claudio Pistidda, Clarissa Abetz, Prokopios Georgopanos, Sebastiano Garroni, Giovanni Capurso, Chiara Milanese, Julián Puszkiel, Martin Dornheim, Volker Abetz, Thomas Klassen

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Dr. Prokopios Georgopanos


Dr. Prokopios Georgopanos

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-2420
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Latest Publications

Published in Polymer International :

Fabrication of membranes of polyethersulfone and poly(N-vinyl pyrrolidone): Influence of glycerol on processing and transport properties

Handge Polymer International Feb 2020

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

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PD Dr. Ulrich Handge


PD Dr. Ulrich Handge

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-2446
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