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 Scientific Reports:


Exceptionally strong, stiff and hard hybrid material based on an elastomer and isotropically shaped ceramic nanoparticles

Scient. Rep. Georgopanos Aug 2017

Authors: Prokopios Georgopanos, Gerold A. Schneider, Axel Dreyer, Ulrich A. Handge, Volkan Filiz, Artur Feld, Ezgi D. Yilmaz, Tobias Krekeler, Martin Ritter, Horst Weller, 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 Scientific Reports:

Continuous Production of Macroporous Films: an Alternative to Breath Figure Assembly

Scient. Rep. Noor Aug 2017

Authors: Nazia Noor, Joachim Koll, Clarissa Abetz, Heiko Notzke, 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 Membrane Science:

Blend Membranes of Ionic Liquid and Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity with Improved Gas Separation Characteristics

SetCards JMSci Juli 2017 Karabi Halder

Authors: Karabi Halder, Muntazim Munir Khan, Judith Grünauer, Sergey Shishatskiy, Clarissa Abetz, Volkan Filiz, Volker Abetz
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Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz


Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-2461
Email contact