Forschungsbereich Kunststoffe

Plastics division

Only cutting-edge products with reliable and rapid access to innovative and high-performance materials can be offered competitively on the world market today. Tailored plastics, plastic composites, plastic additives and plastic processing technologies play a central role in meeting high global demands in the areas of mobility, energy, environment, communication, health, nutrition and safety. Plastics enable tremendous savings in resources and energy as well as a wide variety of options in lightweight design. Particularly when they are fiber-reinforced, particle-filled, foamed or integrated into sandwich structures, plastics can withstand the highest degree of loading and absorb a great deal of energy. They can be supplemented with an additional range of functions such as protection from UV rays and the affects of weathering, reduced fire behavior, functions for the development of special optical properties, electric and thermal conductivity and with sensor and actuator functions.

All components relevant for the implementation of sophisticated plastic applications, running the scope from basic natural science disciplines such as chemistry and physics, material sciences and material technology in processing to expertise in analytics, testing and modeling, are united at a high level under one roof.

The following three departments are complementary in their disciplines and methods.

”High-pcrformance additives are the key to Innovations and a guarantee for the longterm
use of plastics, e.g. in outdoor applications.” Dr. Rudolf Pfaendner

Polymer Processing and Component Design (Dr. Christian Beinert): 

  • Plastics processing: compounding, reactive extrusion and injection molding.
  • Processing of the material into the component, prediction of mechanical properties..
  • Interlinking of process- and material properties.
  • Material modeling: material behavior under high strain rates and with multiaxial loading.

Polymer Synthesis (Prof. Dr. Manfred Döring):

  • Development of chemical syntheses for monomers, polymers, additives, reactive modifiers.
  • Technical synthesis optimization an upscaling.
  • Development and screening of thermosets.
  • Specific adjustment of interface and surface properties.

Formulation Development and Durability (Dr. Rudolf Pfaendner)

  • Development of additives for customized modification of properties, e.g. with regard to material safety, reliability, failure characteristics, sustainability, resource efficiency.
  • Materials analysis, polymer analysis and characterization.
  • Development of analytical techniques.
  • Kinetics of reactive processes.


Division director Plastics