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 Green Chemistry:

Synthesis and self-assembly of biobased poly(limonene carbonate)-block-poly(cyclohexene carbonate) diblock copolymers prepared by sequential ring-opening copolymerization

Bailer_Green Chemistry April 2019_Synthesis and self-assembly of biobased poly(limonene carbonate)-block-poly(cyclohexene carbonate)...

Authors: Janina Bailer, Stefan Feth, Felix Bretschneider, Sabine Rosenfeldt, Markus Drechsler, Volker Abetz, Holger Schmalz, Andreas Greiner

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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 :

Novel Polymeric Thin-Film Composite Membranes for High-Temperature Gas Separations

Membranes_Apr 2019_Weigelt

Authors: Fynn Weigelt, Sara Escorihuela, Alberto Descalzo, Alberto Tena, Sonia Escolástico, Sergey Shishatskiy, Jose Manuel Serra, Torsten Brinkmann

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Dr. Torsten Brinkmann


Dr. Torsten Brinkmann

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-2400
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Latest Publications

Published in Membranes :

Separation of Carbon Dioxide from Real Power Plant Flue Gases by Gas Permeation Using a Supported Ionic Liquid Membrane: An Investigation of Membrane Stability

Klingberg_Membranes März 2019_Separation of Carbon Dioxide from Real Power Plant Flue Gases by Gas Permeation Using a Supported Ionic Liquid Membrane

Authors: Patrik Klingberg, Kai Wilkner, Markus Schlüter, Judith Grünauer, Sergey Shishatskiy

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Latest Publications

Published in Membranes :

Characteristics of Gas Permeation Behaviour in Multilayer Thin Film Composite Membranes for CO2 Separation

Lillepärg_Membranes Feb 2019_Characteristics of Gas Permeation Behaviour in Multilayer Thin Film Composite Membranes

Authors: Jelena Lillepärg, Sabrina Breitenkamp, Sergey Shishatskiy, Jan Pohlmann, Jan Wind, Carsten Scholles, Torsten Brinkmann

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Dr. Torsten Brinkmann


Dr. Torsten Brinkmann

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-2400
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Latest Publications

Published in Nanoscale :

Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers during Hollow Fiber Spinning: An In Situ Small-Angle X-Ray Scattering Study

Nanoscale Jan 2019 Sankhala

Authors: Kirti Sankhala, D.C.Florian Wieland, Joachim Koll, Maryam Radjabian, 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 Macromolecular Symposia :

Thermal Properties and Morphology of Compatible Poly(ethylene oxide)/Natural Rubber-graft-poly(methyl methacrylate) Blends

Macromoledcular Symposia Dez 2018 Zaida_Hein_Abetz_Ali_Chan

Authors: Nurul F.A. Zainal, Margarethe Hein, Volker Abetz, Ab M.M. Ali, Chin H. Chan

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Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz


Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz

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