The Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e. V. (Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden) is one of the largest polymer research institutions in Germany. As a member institute of the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft (Leibniz Association) it is engaged in application-oriented fundamental research...

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The Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e. V. (Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden) is one of the largest polymer research institutions in Germany. As a member institute of the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft (Leibniz Association) it is engaged in application-oriented fundamental research...

The Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF) is one of the largest polymer research facilities in Germany. As an institute of the Leibniz Association, the IPF is committed to carrying out application-oriented fundamental research and receives its basic funding in equal parts from the federal and state governments.

The approach is holistic, covering sythesis and modification of polymer materials, covering synthesis and modification of polymer materials, their characterization and theoretical investigation, up to processing and testing. A special feature of the institute’s activities is the close cooperation of scientists and engineers and a broad range of modern instruments and methods are available including pilot plants allowing material and technology development under industry-relevant conditions.

The research focus is on materials problems and needs which can be approached by control of interface-related properties as well as interactions at interfaces and surfaces. A deep understanding of techniques and processes as well as of underlying physical aspects shall provide the basis to develop long-term concepts for technological implementation and applications of new polymer materials.

The topics dealt with at the institute are highly future-oriented. They include development of materials, technologies, and systems which are crucial to guarantee the strength of Germany’s economy also in future and to ensure both quality of living and sustainability. The polymer materials address innovations for further development in, e. g., medicine, transport and mobility, as well as energy efficiency and advanced communication technologies.

The institute's profile is determined by four strategic topics that are approached in close collaboration of all departments of the institute.

  • Functional nanostructured interfaces and polymer systems
  • Biology-inspired interface and material design
  • Polymer networks: Structure, theory, and application
  • Process-controlled structure formation in polymer materials

Based on these topics the IPF is linked with leading research groups in Germany and worldwide, but, first of all, it is part of the powerful network of research institutions in Dresden and a very active member of DRESDEN concept.

Financing
The institute gets its basic financing from public funds with a share of 50 per cent each from the states and federal government.In 2012, a regular budget of EUR 21.9 million was provided.In addition, the institute aquires third party funds through projects  and  industrial contracts. Third party funding amounted to EUR 8.2 million in 2012.

Staff
By December 31, 2012, the IPF had a total of 461 employees.

Visiting scientists
At any time, a large number of visiting scientists works at the institute for different periods. In 2011, their number amounted to 106 from 26 countries.

Solidly anchored at the Dresden research site and closely networked with research groups worldwide – this is how the position of the IPF may be aptly described in the global research landscape.

in Dresden
The capital of Saxony possesses an extraordinarily high density of research facilities which have made Dresden a leading research site, particularly in the fields of material research, microelectronics, and biotechnology.

The Technische Universität Dresden , institutes of the Leibniz Association, the Max Planck Society, the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft as well as leading cultural institutions have merged together in the Network DRESDEN concept. Thus the strive to further intensy their cooperation and to create new synergies in the fields of education, research, infrastructure and administration.Together with its partners within DRESDEN concept, the university was amongst the winners within the current Excellence Initiative of federal and land governments. The university has gained the status as an 'excellence university' and approval to two clusters of excellence and one graduate school. The IPF is a member of DRESDEN concept and closely linked to the university.

in Germany
As an institute of the Leibniz Association, the IPF is committed to carrying out application-oriented basic research. The aim of bridging the gap between fundamental research and applications distinguishes the IPF from polymer institutes of Max Planck Society, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, and Helmholtz Association.

With its application-oriented research based on a broad understanding of fundamentals, the IPF is a sought-after partner in projects with industry. Third-party funding, in the amount of about 2 million Euro, is obtained directly from industry annually. This is more than 20 per cent of third-party funding of the institute. Currently, three technology enterprises have already been established for the direct commercial exploitation of research results obtained at the IPF. The institute also offers advice to the polymer-producing and plastics-processing industry, and its efforts in establishing these contacts and transfer of know-how are supported by regional and nationwide networks.

...worldwide
Research at the IPF is characterized by international teams. Co-operation with facilities around the globe have resulted in the fact that guest scientists from up to 30 countries are working at  the institute at any given time for various periods and that IPF staff members travel abroad for appointments as guest scientists.

The participation in several research projects promoted by the European Union serves as an evidence of the international recognition of the institute and helps to open up new forms of co-operation in Europe. From the network of excellence „Nanostructured and Functional Polymer Based Materials and Nanocomposites“(NANOFUN-POLY), the European Centre for Nanostructured Polymers (ECNP) was founded in order to allow beginning research networking in this field to continue on a permanent and sustainable basis.