Polymer Synthesis

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Department of Polymer Synthesis

Polymers in different compositions and forms play an increasingly important role in our everyday lives. They stand for important development tendencies such as light-weight design, electronification, energy revolution, safety and many more, more than any other material. At the same time the requirements plastics have to meet become higher and more and more complex. There are a number of approaches to fulfill these requirements, for example additive reactive processing, formulation of new polymers, composite materials and many more. At the very beginning of all these possibilities lies an efficient chemical synthesis of new compounds.

Technological and material scientific specifications are translated into chemical substances and formulas with the expertise of our division and the close cooperation at Fraunhofer LBF. Additionally to the development of chemical synthesis of monomers, polymers, additives and reactive modifiers, a complete characterization of the substances is included with the option of technical optimization of the synthesis process and the up scaling, to provide the respective substances in sufficient quantities. Moreover the newly developed polymers and polymer formulations are tested in their material characteristics and processing properties. Hence we are able to picture the entire value chain from the beginning, with the development of the chemical synthesis to the finished part and predict further developments through analytical characterization.

Range of Services

  • Chemical synthesis of monomers, polymers, additives and modifiers
  • Development, optimization and up scaling of synthesis specifications
  • Synthesis of high performance polymers
  • Formulation of thermoset plastics, especially epoxy resins for composite applications
  • Reactive processing
  • Production of Composites
  • Characterization of thermoset and thermoplastic polymers
  • Flammability tests for reinforced and unreinforced polymers

 

Industries and Markets

  • Chemical synthesis
  • Composite materials and light-weight construction
  • Automotive and Aviation
  • Electric and electronic components

 

Reactive Systems

Manfred Döring

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Prof. Dr. Manfred Döring

Group Manager Reactive Systems

Fraunhofer-Institut für Betriebsfestigkeit und Systemzuverlässigkeit
Schloßgartenstr. 6
64289 Darmstadt

Phone +49 6151 705-8675

Functional Polymers

Frank Schönberger

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Dr. rer. nat. Frank Schönberger

Group Manager Functional Polymers

Fraunhofer-Institut für Betriebsfestigkeit und Systemzuverlässigkeit
Schlossgartenstraße 6
64289 Darmstadt

Phone +49 6151 705-8705

Elastomer Technology

Leonhard Perko

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Dr. mont. Leonhard Perko

Group Manager Elastomer Technology

Fraunhofer-Institut für Betriebsfestigkeit und Systemzuverlässigkeit LBF
Schloßgartenstr. 6
64289 Darmstadt

Phone +49 6151 705-8619

Design of Interfaces

Roland Klein

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Dr.-Ing. Roland Klein

Group Manager Design of Interfaces

Fraunhofer-Institut für Betriebsfestigkeit und Systemzuverlässigkeit
Schloßgartenstr.6
64289 Darmstadt

Phone +49 6151 705-8611

Posters available for download

 

Metals for the future?

Performance Polymers

(Poster in german)

 

When the chemistry is right

Reactive Systems

(Poster in german)

 

For everlasting connections ...

Design of Interfaces

(Poster in german)