Bioplastics

Sustainable polymers made of renewable raw materials are ecologically and economically attractive alternatives.

Lightweight Engineering

Energy efficiency and mobility – two keywords that meet when plastics build a bridge between them.

Additive manufacturing

New manufacturing processes have significantly expanded the range of applications for powerful 3D printers in the plastics industry.

E-mobility

E-mobility requires smart drive and storage technology. However, plastics also deliver an indispensable contribution.
Prof. Dr. Rolf Mülhaupt

Sustainability and innovation with plastics

Prof. Dr. Rolf Mülhaupt
Freiburg Materials Research Centre and the Sustainability Centre Freiburg of the University of Freiburg

Sustainability and innovation with plastics

Prof. Dr. Rolf Mülhaupt
Photo: Butterfly

Inspired by Mother Nature

Photo: Feather

An art in itself – building with plastics

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. C. Bonten

Bioplastics

Professor Dr. C. Bonten (Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing.)
Institute for Plastics Engineering (IKT) at the University of Stuttgart

Bioplastics

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Uni.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alois K. Schlarb

Lightweight Construction and Additive Manufacturing

Professor Alois K. Schlarb (Uni.-Prof. Dr.-Ing.)
Chair of Composite Engineering (CCe), University of Kaiserslautern (TUK)

Lightweight Construction and Additive Manufacturing

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Faser dominiert = Fibres dominate
Matrix und Grenzflächen dominieren = Matrix and interfaces dominate

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Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
04/09/2019

Synthetic rubber outperforms natural rubber

Natural rubber from rubber trees is a raw material with a limited supply. Synthetically produced rubber, on the other hand, has not yet been able to match the abrasion behavior of the natural product, rendering it unsuitable for truck tires. But now, for the first time, a new type of synthetic rubber has been developed that achieves 30 to 50 percent less abrasion than natural rubber.
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University of Delaware
04/11/2019

The right polymers for the job

One of the most promising clean energy technologies just got even better. Researchers from the University of Delaware have developed the most powerful, durable hydroxide exchange membrane fuel cell components on record.
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Prof. Bernhard Rieger

Sustainable Plastics in the 21st Century

Prof. Bernhard Rieger
Wacker Chair of Macromolecular Chemistry Technical University of Munich

Fig 1: Global plastics production (source: Plasticseurope "The facts - 2018")

Fig 1: Global plastics production (source: Plasticseurope "The facts - 2018")

Sustainable Plastics in the 21st Century

Fig 2. CO2 as a carbon source for industrial plastics

Fig 2. CO2 as a carbon source for industrial plastics

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Video Statements

Systems integration: Functionality of Materials, Processes and Design

Members of the scientific council give their statements about the most important challenges for the plastics industry.

Prof. Dr. Ing. Christian Bonten

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Giese

Prof. Dr. Rolf Mülhaupt

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bernhard Rieger

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alois K. Schlarb