Plastics

New Laboratory Makes Kilogram-Scale Chemical Syntheses of Plastics Possible

Press Release / 7.3.2016

When plastics are developed, it’s okay to “go a bit over the edge”. Because to be able to make reliable statements on the application options for new polymers, excipients, and additives, it is important to be able to process them into components and test specimens, as well as characterize and test them under realistic conditions. However, this requires them to be available in sufficient quantities. For this reason, the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF, based on many years of experience in polymer research, has set up a new kilogram lab that enables laboratory syntheses to be upscaled to kilograms. In reactors and autoclaves with a volume of up to 20 liters, the scientists are capable of carrying out polymerizations and organic syntheses under different conditions. The products obtained can then be examined practically.