Tailor-made polymer research

High-performance fibers for fast cars, organic light-emitting diodes for flexible displays or artificial corneas for eye implants - for 25 years the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Potsdam-Golm has been developing polymers. Our materials and methods cover the entire range of polymer applications. We also create conditions which ensure that the developed methods not only work on a laboratory scale, but also under production conditions.

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Fraunhofer Conference Center

On 23 June 2016 the Fraunhofer Conference Center was inaugurated. The new building is ideal for events with up to 200 participants and is available for conferences, workshops and network meetings.

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We research on your behalf

We have been working on biobased and synthetic polymers that meet the growing demands of our partners. They need the end products to be, for example, more durable, more acid and heat resistant, more stable, easier to care for, healthier, more environmentally-friendly, more cost-effective ... and for these products to become easier and more energy efficient to manufacture.

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Application Center

At the "Application Center for Innovative Polymer Technologies" which was completed in 2012, we transfer processes for the production of innovative new materials and nanotechnology from laboratory to industry-oriented scale.

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Fraunhofer IAP



Mar 28, 2017 | LOPEC 2017 OLED production facility from a single source

The Fraunhofer IAP and three other German companies have been commissioned by a Chinese producer to develop an OLED production facility for its site in China.


GOTA at LOPEC: Hall B0 | Booth 200, Booth 202, Booth 203, Booth 210


Mar 27, 2017 | German OLED Technology Alliance (GOTA) founded

Four German partners have joined forces in the newly founded German OLED Technology Alliance (GOTA): VON ARDENNE GmbH from Dresden, MBRAUN Inertgas-Systeme GmbH in Garching, Notion Systems GmbH in Schwetzingen and Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Reasearch IAP in Potsdam.


Mar 1, 2017 | Thermochromic bio-pigments

The »Chromogenic Polymers« department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP has been conducting research at the institute’s main location in Potsdam-Golm since January 2017.  


Feb 13, 2017 | Functional films and efficient coating processes

Fraunhofer IVV, Fraunhofer IAP and Fraunhofer IGB will present new developments in films and the efficient control of coating processes at the upcoming ICE Europe in Munich from 21 - 23 March 2017. Motto "Functional films – efficient coating processes"

Hall A5, Stand 1031


Feb 1, 2017 | Automatically darkening windows in a wide range of colors

Electrochromic glass darkens automatically when the sun shines and keeps the heat out. Previously it was available only in blue, and switching times were also long. Now, a new process makes it possible to manufacture other glass colors for the first time. And compared to previous models, switching is nearly ten times faster.


Jan 20, 2017 | An innovative high-performance material: biofibers made from green lacewing silk

Innovative biofibers made from a silk protein of the green lacewing are being developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in conjunction with the company AMSilk GmbH.

Printed Electronics Europe

May 10th-11th, 2017

Booth G26

Estrel Festival Center Berlin