Polymer synthesis at the Fraunhofer PAZ
The department Synthesis and Product Development at the Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Centre PAZ is active in the areas of free radical polymerization, anionic polymerization and coordinative polymerization, as well as polycondensation.
Depending on the project focus, activities can start with recipe- and product development in lab-scale, however main focus is on technology and process development, in particular on the scale-up from laboratory to pilot scale.
For project realization, well-equipped laboratory facilities (analytics and polymer synthesis), as well as a sophisticated multi-product multi-functional pilot plant, are available. In the pilot plant, a large number of technically relevant processes can be realized in pilot-scale and sample quantities up to the tons-scale can be generated.
With respect to materials, so far projects focused on rubber and elastomers, on polycondensates such like polyesters and polyamides, but also many other material systems were successfully studied.