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 Materials:

Synthesis of Poly(3-vinylpyridine)-Block-Polystyrene Diblock Copolymers via Surfactant-Free RAFT Emulsion Polymerization

Materials Sep 2019 Nieswandt

Authors: Katharina Nieswandt, Prokopios Georgopanos, Clarissa Abetz, Volkan Filiz, Volker Abetz

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Dr. Prokopios Georgopanos


Dr. Prokopios Georgopanos

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Latest Publications

Published in Nanomaterials:

Structural Characterization of Graphene Oxide: Surface Functional Groups and Fractionated Oxidative Debris

Nanomaterials Aug 2019 Aliyev graphical abstract

Authors: Elvin Aliyev, Volkan Filiz, Muntazim M. Khan, Young Joo Lee, Clarissa Abetz, Volker Abetz

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Dr. Volkan Filiz


Dr. Volkan Filiz

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

Published in Membranes:

Synthesis, Transfer, and Gas Separation Characteristics of MOF-Templated Polymer Membranes

Membranes_Sep 2019_KIT_Shishatskiy

Authors: Sophia Schmitt, Sergey Shishatskiy, Peter Krolla, Qi An, Salma Begum, Alexander Welle, Tawheed Hashem, Sylvain Grosjean, Volker Abetz, Stefan Bräse, Christof Wöll, Manuel Tsotsalas

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Dr. Torsten Brinkmann


Dr. Torsten Brinkmann

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

Published in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics:

Planet-like Nanostructures formed by an ABC Triblock Terpolymer

Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics Sep 2019 Haenelt

Authors: Taida Gil Haenelt; Andreas Meyer; 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 Polymers:

Thermal Cross Linking of Novel Azide Modified Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity—Effect of Distribution and the Gas Separation Performance

Neumann_Polymers Jul 2019 Thermal Cross Linking of Novel Azide...

Authors: Silvio Neumann, Gisela Bengtson, David Meis, Volkan Filiz

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Dr. Volkan Filiz


Dr. Volkan Filiz

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Latest Publications

Published in Advanced Materials Interfaces :

Structure of Nonsolvent-Quenched Block Copolymer Solutions after Exposure to Electric Fields during Solvent Evaporation

Advanced Materials Interfaces Jul 2019 Dreyer

Authors: Oliver Dreyer, Mei-Ling Wu, 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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