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 Separation and Purification Technology :

Hydrophilic poly(phenylene sulfone) membranes for ultrafiltration

Abb. 6 Aus Gronwald Mai 2020 In Sep. And Purif. Techn

Authors: Oliver Gronwald, Inga Frost, Mathias Ulbricht, Arman Kouchaki, Shalmani, Stefan Panglisch, Lara Grünig, Ulrich A. Handge, Volker Abetz, Martin Heijnen, Martin Weber

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PD Dr. Ulrich Handge


PD Dr. Ulrich Handge

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Latest Publications

Published in Membranes :

Facilitated Structure Formation in Isoporous Block Copolymer Membranes

Facilitated Structure Formation in Isoporous...Sankhala Apr 2020

Authors: Kirti Sankhala, Joachim Koll, 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

Editorial published in Special Issue of Polymers :

Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers

Abetz Polymers Editorial Apr 2020 Abb. 1

Author: 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 Journal of Membrane Science :

Bovine serum albumin selective integral asymmetric isoporous membrane

Wang J. of Membr. Science März 2020 graphical Abstract

Authors: Jiali Wang, Md. Mushfequr Rahman, Clarissa Abetz, Volker Abetz

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Open Access Version until 22 May 2020

Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz


Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz

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Latest Publications

Published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A :

High-Performance Asymmetric Isoporous Nanocomposite Membranes with Chemically-Tailored Amphiphilic Nanochannels

JMCA Zhang 2020 Zuschnitt inside back cover page

Authors: Zhenzhen Zhang, Md. Mushfequr Rahman, Clarissa Abetz, Volker Abetz

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Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz


Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz

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Latest Publications

Published in Progress in Polymer Science :

Advanced Porous Polymer Membranes from Self-Assembling Block Copolymers

Radjabian Polymer Science Jan 2020

Authors: Maryam Radjabian, Volker Abetz

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Open Access Version until 22 May 2020

Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz


Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz

Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-2461
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