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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Bartke
Director | Pilot Plant Center PAZ
Value Park A 74
Phone +49 3461 2598-120
Fax +49 3461 2598-105
The Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Center for Polymer Synthesis and Processing PAZ in Schkopau is a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Potsdam-Golm and for Microstructures of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle. We focus our efforts on scaling-up polymer synthesis and processing methods.
Both its technical capabilities and the bundling of competencies in both fields constitute the Pilot Plant center's unique selling point on the R&D market. At the Fraunhofer PAZ, new products and innovative technologies are developed along the entire value chain – from monomers, polymer synthesis and polymer processing, to testing made-to-measure components. Here, polymer synthesis and processing are closely intertwined.
With this focus on a near-industrial scale, we support our clients effectively in the implementation of research results into innovative products and processes.
On a plant area of approximately 1000 m2 and 700 m2 of office and laboratory space, we perform both polymer synthesis processes in solution, bulk, emulsion and suspension as well as various processing methods, including performing injection molding compounding (IMC). These systems have a high degree of online monitoring and are equipped with modern process control system (fieldbus technology) for process control.
Besides the development of new polymer systems and their transfer from the laboratory to the pilot plant scale, emphasis is beeing placed on process optimization in the the field of polymerization. The latter is carried out in collaboration with the corresponding department "Polymerization" at Martin Luther University in Halle.
Our processing activities are dedicated to the development of application specific thermoplastic compounds and prototype components with special reference to effects of processing on the material and structural properties.
You are invited to learn about our center of excellence and our staff, to test the equipment, to marvel at the new possibilities and to use it for your innovations!
The pilot plant is located in the center of the Dow ValuePark Schkopau, 10 km south of Halle, in Saxony-Anhalt.
To Leipzig/Halle Airport it takes about 35 km, the nearest ICE station is Central Station Halle and Merseburg, 5 km away is the regional rail connection available.