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  • In the future, novel polymers should make it possible to individually manufacture artificial elastic tissue replacements for pericardium, heart valves or blood vessels. In the PolyKARD project, biomimetic polymers are being developed that can imitate the mechanical properties of pericardial tissue. Using 3D printing and electrospinning, these polymers will be used to produce tailor-made implants. In addition, a 3D printer that can produce class III medical products is to be developed for the first time. The PolyKARD partners - AdjuCor GmbH, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP, the NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute, Young Optics Europe GmbH and pro3dure medical GmbH - plan to advance the production of the implants until the first clinical studies, probably in 2022.

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  • Better help for acute respiratory distress syndrome / 2020

    Polymer membranes facilitate the exchange of oxygen in the body

    Press release | Fraunhofer Research News / 3.2.2020

    Acute respiratory distress syndrome requires immediate action. In an emergency situation like this, patients are often ventilated using a heart-lung machine. This involves circulating the blood outside the body, adding oxygen and removing carbon dioxide via membranes. A team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP has developed a new kind of membrane structure that allows faster gas exchange in order to make the blood oxygenation easier on patients.

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  • The Korea Electronics Technology Institute KETI and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Potsdam will work even closer together in the field of polymer research. On December 10, 2019, the Korean Minister of Commerce, Industry and Energy, Sung Yun-mo, and the KETI President, Dr. Yongsam Kim, visited the Fraunhofer IAP to seal the expansion of the collaboration with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

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  • Carbon fibers are made from fibrous polymer precursors. Petroleum-based polyacrylonitrile (PAN) is the precursor used for 95 percent of the carbon fibers on the world market. Precursors made from renewable raw materials are currently being developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Potsdam. A new oven, which generates temperatures of up to 2900 °C, now makes it possible to produce bio-based carbon fibers whose properties partially achieve those of conventional PAN-based carbon fibers. The Fraunhofer IAP will be presenting various innovative precursor materials at the K Trade Fair in Düsseldorf from October 16 to 23, 2019.

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  • A new 3D printing process, which should be clearly superior to the current processes in terms of print quality and speed as well as material homogeneity, is being developed in the research project "Belt deposited, double UV-cured materials for 3D engineering - overcoming the property limits of today's Rapid Manufacturing, BUERMa". Under the leadership of the Polymer Materials and Composites PYCO research division of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP, Freie Universität Berlin and Technische Hochschule Wildau are two Berlin-based companies working on the key technology of additive manufacturing (AM).

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  • K 2019 / 2019

    Circular plastics economy: Things are rolling smoothly for plastics

    Press release of the Fraunhofer Cluster Circular Plastics Economy / 20.9.2019

    The global release of plastics into the environment must be stopped. The Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence “Circular Plastics Economy” concerns itself with how plastic must be designed so that it can be recycled, degraded quickly and without residues, or, at best, not be released into the environment. At K 2019, the five Fraunhofer Institutes involved are using the example of plastics to present the research approach that should convert energy flows and mate-rial streams in a recycling chain into a circular form of economy. Hall 7, Stand SC1.

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  • New research project between Fraunhofer IAP and Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI) / 2019

    QD color filters for microLEDs

    Press release / Text: Julia Consten / 6.9.2019

    Quantum dot-based color filters for micro-LEDs are one of the most promising future technologies for displays. This technology makes displays even more brilliant, more efficient and even thinner, compared to displays with conventional color filters. The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP and KETI have started working together on the development of printed QD color filters microLEDs in the new research project »CoCoMe«.

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  • Shape-memory QR codes

    Press release / 1.8.2019

    A new process for the additive manufacturing of QR codes with shape memory properties has been developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Potsdam. It is based on the 3D printing of shape memory polymers. The QR codes were mathematically examined at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM in Kaiserslautern; the print quality and the shape memory effect are very good. QR codes can be produced that are very flat and light, which makes the technology perfect for labels, e.g. as a security device against product piracy. The high-tech polymers can be processed with commercially available 3D printers.

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  • Shapeable, reshapeable and compostable / 2019

    New splint for bone fractures

    Press release / 1.8.2019

    A novel splint for immobilizing bone fractures has been developed that can be repeatedly reshaped during treatment, such as, for example, when the swelling subsides. This is made possible through the use of the biobased plastic PLA. After use, the splint can be composted. The bioplastic formulation was developed for the new product by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP (Potsdam, Germany). The innovative splint, called RECAST, was developed by injection molder Nölle Kunststofftechnik GmbH, based in Meschede, Germany.

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  • Contact lenses with medicine and sugar

    Press release / 17.4.2019

    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP are working with Israeli and German partners to develop long-wearing contact lenses that can release medicine. The active ingredient is encapsulated in liposomes and bound to the inside of the contact lenses. This enables it to remain in the eye for longer. Sugars are added to make the contact lens particularly comfortable to wear.

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