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 ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces:

Influence of Solvent on the Structure of an Amphiphilic Block Copolymer in Solution and in Formation of an Integral Asymmetric Membrane

ACS AMI Radjabian Feb 2017

Authors: Maryam Radjabian, Clarissa Abetz, Birgit Fischer, Andreas Meyer, 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 Advanced Materials Interfaces:

A Pathway to Fabricate Hollow Fiber Membranes with Isoporous Inner Surface

SetCards Advanced Materials Interfaces Sankhala Jan 2017

Authors: Kirti Sankhala, Joachim Koll, Maryam Radjabian, Ulrich A. Handge, 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 Polymer Chemistry:

Cononsolvency in the ‘drunken’ state: Thermoresponsiveness of a new acrylamide copolymer in water-alcohol mixtures

Pol Chem Lucht Eggers Abetz Jan 2017

Authors: Niklas Lucht, Steffen Eggers, Volker Abetz

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Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz


Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz

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