Application Center for Innovative Polymer Technologies
In June 2012, the Fraunhofer IAP inaugurated its "Application Center for Innovative Polymer Technologies" in Potsdam-Golm. Here, we deepen and expand our core competencies in the field of synthetic and biobased polymers and functional materials. The latest equipment offers our scientists new possibilities.
Above all, new materials and technologies will be transferred from the laboratory to pilot plant scale. High-tech polymers with special electrical and optical properties, biocompatible materials and renewable plant raw materials are the focus of our research.
The polycarbonate facade of the L-shaped annex – designed by Hascher and Jehle Planungsgesellschaft mbH – makes special reference to its use as a place of polymer research. Covering an area of 2,800 square meters, the extension offers space for new pilot plants, laboratories and offices. Special features of the building include a clean room, a biochemical lab that meets S1 requirements, additional S1 and S2 labs and special dimmed and vibration neutralizing labs for microscopy and laser applications.
The cost of the second stage of expansion amount to 23.3 million euros (construction and initial equipment). 50 percent are being subsidized by the EU Regional Fund EFRE. The state of Brandenburg and the federal government are bearing 25 percent of the costs each.