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 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.


Dec 9, 2016 | Plant-based substance boosts eyelash growth

A new serum that promotes eyelash growth has been developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Potsdam-Golm. It is considerably less expensive than conventional eyelash sera, very well tolerated, and a purely natural product.  

Lightweight construction: Funding approval for Competence Center

For the establishment of a competence center for energy and resource-efficient lightweight construction at the Fraunhofer IAP, the funding approval was handed over by Brandenburg's Minister of Economic Affairs, Albrecht Gerber. Fraunhofer IAP’s director professor Alexander Böker received the approval on November 21 at the Cluster Conference of the Plastics and Chemistry Cluster.

ICE europe

March 21st-23rd, 2017

Hall A5, Stand 1031


March 29th-30th, 2017

Hall B0, Stand 203