The department of “Polymer Synthesis” focuses on the synthesis and characterisation of tailor-made polymers. The development of new materials for membrane applications for filtration and gas separation is in the foreground. For certain applications, specifically novel monomers are developed. Nanoparticles are further functionalised, in order to achieve better dispersibility in a defined polymeric matrix.
The emphasis is in the anionic polymerisation and controlled radical polymerisation techniques. Besides various reactors, the department also has custom-made Schlenk lines to implement the synthesis. The monomers and polymers are characterised through various methods in the department.