- microencapsulation of additives and active ingredients
- functional nanoparticle systems
- development and optimizing of polymer synthesis methods
- polymers on basis renewable resources
- membrane polymers
- composite membranes
- mixed-matrix membrane
- bioplastics manufacturing
Microencapsulation of additives and active substances
For many years, the microencapsulation technology has been used to develop active ingredients and additives for diverse applications. We have long-standing expertise in the field of microencapsulation and adaption of the different capsule technology and/or the capsule wall material. Thus, we can meet the requirements for storage, formulation and application of microcapsules. A current focus of our research work lies on synthesis and processing of microcapsules in plastics melts.
Functional nanoparticle systems
We use latex syntheses based on emulsion and dispersion polymerization processes for the production of particles systems with customized particle size and distribution, particle morphology, functionality and reactivity. The application-oriented design possibility of polymeric nano- and microparticles opens an innovative field of work for new particle applications from active substance carriers to anti-grafitti coating for preservation of historical monuments.
Development and optimization of polymer synthesis methods
We develop innovative synthesis methods and technologies for production of new polymers with new improved properties and create conditions for implementing these processes in a production environment. We analyze and optimize technical polymer synthesis processes by using reaction- and process analytic methods. Also, we perform process developments starting from laboratory up to mini-plant scale.
Polymers based on renewable resources
The synthesis of aliphatic polyesters based on lactic acid is one of the most advanced methods for utilizing biotechnologically produced raw materials. We have extensive competences in the synthesis and modification of polylactide (PLA). In particular, we aim on the expansion of the property profile of PLA by using technical processes adaptable for PLA synthesis routes. Currently, we are expanding and intensifying our R&D work on the area of biobased polyesters and polyamides, including other glucose-based constituents.
Shape-memory polymers are functional materials, which offer significant potential for the opening up of new applications. In our team we carry out application-oriented synthesis and process developments. Another core competence is design and development of stimuli-responsive, multifunctional polymer materials.