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".

Geesthachter Polymertage

Geesthachter Polymertage 2018 -
Rheologie von Polymeren für Forschung und Anwendung


6 - 7 November 2018

Geesthachter Polymertage 2018

The two-day seminar introduces the standard and advanced methods of rheology and discusses their application in practice.
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Dr. habil. Ulrich Handge


Dr. habil. Ulrich Handge

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-2446
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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 ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces :

CO2 selective PolyActiveTM membrane: Thermal transitions and gas permeance as a function of thickness

ACS Appl. Mat. and Interfaces 2018 Rahman SetCards

Authors: Mushfequr Md Rahman, Clarissa Abetz, Sergey Shishatskiy, Jaime Martin, Alejandro Müller, 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

MaRC Aug 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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Latest Publications

Published in Membranes :

Hollow Fiber Membranes of Blends of Polyethersulfone and Sulfonated Polymers

SetCards Membranes Aug 2018 Noor

Authors: Nazia Noor, Joachim Koll, Nico Scharnagl, 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 ACS Macro Letters:

Setting the Stage for Fabrication of Self-Assembled Structures in Compact Geometries: Inside-Out Isoporous Hollow Fiber Membranes

SetCards Macro Lett Juni 2018 Kirti Sankhala

Authors: Kirti Sankhala, Joachim Koll, Volker Abetz

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Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz


Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-2461
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