Annual report 2014

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Fraunhofer IAP

Tailor-made polymer research

High-performance fibers for fast cars, organic light-emitting diodes for flexible displays or artificial corneas for eye implants - for over 20 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.

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.

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.


January 19, 2016 | Professor Böker becomes member of the DFG review board "Polymer Materials"

Prof. Alexander Böker, Director of the Fraunhofer IAP, was elected in the Review Board Polymer Materials of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG. With this he is honored for his successful scientific work in the field of polymer research.

January 6, 2016 | New Research Division

On January 1, 2016 the former Fraunhofer Research Institution for Polymeric Materials and Composites PYCO became the sixth research division of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP. Dr. Christian Dreyer takes over the provisional leadership of the research division.

January 4, 2016 | Quickly identifying tumors by using antibodies

Antibodies combat viruses and bacteria. They also attach themselves to cancer cells. Fraunhofer scientists are using this property to detect cancer cells in tissue samples.

November 16, 2015 | Three Young Researchers Honored with Hugo Geiger Prizes

At the Munich Science Days, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, along with the Free State of Bavaria, is honoring three young scientists with the Hugo Geiger Prize on 16 November. Commended are theses on energy-efficient semiconductors, powerful diode lasers and new substances for sharper displays.

October 20, 2015 | Beacon of industrial research - Fraunhofer PAZ celebrates 10th anniversary

Schkopau/ValuePark®. In a ceremony marking its tenth anniversary, politics and business have recognized the Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Center PAZ as an East German success story. Since 2005, the joint institution of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Potsdam-Golm and for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Halle has developed into a unique European research institution in the field of polymer synthesis and polymer processing on an industrial scale.

October 1, 2015 | Brilliant colors from environmentally friendly crystals

Quantum dots have made it possible to substantially increase color quality in LCD displays. However, these cadmium-based nanocrystals have proven to be harmful to the environment. Researchers from Fraunhofer IAP are working together with an industry partner to develop a promising alternative: quantum dots based on indium phosphide.

Past News

July 13, 2015 | Bioplastics in everyday education – new types of PLA are now market fit

Soon pupils will not only learn about bioplastics in chemistry class, they will be able to grasp them with their hands. In the future, the building blocks in the molecule construction kit produced by Cornelsen Experimenta GmbH will be made of bioplastics. The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Potsdam-Golm is assisting in the development of these materials. Along with three other companies from the plastics sector in Brandenburg and Berlin - Uhde Inventa-Fischer GmbH in Berlin, Linotech GmbH in Guben and Hesco Kunststoffverarbeitung GmbH in Luckenwalde – the institute is developing and making ready for the market new types of the bioplastic called polylactic acid (PLA).

June 17, 2015 | New materials with integrated functions

The Fraunhofer IAP and the University of Potsdam have reached an agreement on closer scientific cooperation between their institutions. The focus is on the integration of biological and physical-chemical functions in various materials. This approach has significant potential to increase the productivity and efficiency of industrial processes. The Fraunhofer IZI-BB will also be involved in the cooperation.

June 6, 2015 | New head of research division "Synthesis and Polymer Technology"

From June 16, 2015, Dr. Thorsten Pretsch is heading the research division "Synthesis and Polymer Technology" at the Fraunhofer IAP. He takes over the position from Dr. Mathias Hahn, who is entering retirement after seven years as head of the division unit. He held various leading positions at the IAP since 1992.

June 3, 2015 | Self-duplication for manufacturing technology – Millions for Fraunhofer researcher

Prof. Alexander Böker, head of the Fraunhofer IAP, has received the renowned ERC Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). His research project RepliColl has been awarded funding of 1.9 million Euros over a period of five years.

June 3, 2015 | Bio-based films suitable for industrial use

Biopolymers can be processed into films using conventional machinery – this will be demonstrated in a workshop given by the Fraunhofer IAP in Schwarzheide on June 10, 2015. The workshop is directed towards film manufacturers and processors, representatives from plastics groups and associations, as well as research institutions.

April 22, 2015 | Synthetic rubber – As high performing as natural rubber

The natural rubber used in applications like high-performance truck tires is irreplaceable. However, limited space for the cultivation of rubber trees and entire rubber plantations succumbing to fungal infestations have put global rubber production at risk. The four Fraunhofer institutes - IAP, IME, ISC and IWM – have set themselves the task of making synthetic rubber that is just as high performing as natural rubber. They want to learn from the rubber of the Russian dandelion.