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 Polymers :

Modification of poly(4-methyl-2-pentyne) in the supercritical fluid medium for selective membrane separation of CO2 from various gas mixtures

Graphical Abstract from: Polevaya_Polymers_Okt. 2020

Authors: Viktoriya Polevaya, Anton Vorobei, Andrey Gavrikov, Samira Matson, Olga Parenago, Sergey Shishatskiy, Valeriy Khotimskiy

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Dr. Torsten Brinkmann


Dr. Torsten Brinkmann

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

Published in Journal of Polymer Science 2020 :

Polymethacrylamide—An underrated and easily accessible upper critical solution temperature polymer: Green synthesis via photoiniferter reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer polymerization and analysis of solution behavior in water/ethanol mixtures

Eckert_Jorunal of Polymer Science_Sept. 2020

Authors: Tilman Eckert, 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 :

SI-ATRP Polymer-functionalized Graphene Oxide for Water Vapor Separation

Aliyev_Advanced Materials Interfaces_Aug 2020_Figure 1 from publication

Authors: Elvin Aliyev, Sergey Shishatskiy, Clarissa Abetz, Young Joo Lee, Silvio Neumann, Thomas Emmler, Volkan Filiz

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Dr. Volkan Filiz


Dr. Volkan Filiz

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-2425
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Latest Publications

Published in Journal of Membrane Science :

Tuning the size selectivity of isoporous membranes for protein fractionation via two scalable post treatment approaches

Wang Journal of Membrane Science_Tuning the size...Juli 2020

Authors: Jiali Wang, Md Mushfequr Rahman, 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 Rapid Communications :

Acid-Mediated Autocatalysis in Vinylogous Urethane Vitrimers

Haida Abetz Macr.rap. Comm. Juli 2020 Graph. Abstract

Authors: Philipp Haida, 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 :

Hydrophilic Dual Layer Hollow Fiber Membranes for Ultrafiltration

Grünig Membranes Juli 2020_Abb. 15 aus Publikation

Authors: Lara Grünig, Ulrich A. Handge, Joachim Koll, Oliver Gronwald, Martin Weber, Birgit Hankiewicz, Nico Scharnagl, Volker Abetz

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PD Dr. Ulrich Handge


PD Dr. Ulrich Handge

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-2446
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