Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung

Ackermannweg 10, 55128 Mainz
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This company is co-exhibitor of
Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker e.V. Fachgruppe Makromolekulare Chemie


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Structure und Dynamics

Polymers really are all-rounders. Where and how they can be used depends on their structure and dynamics. How do big molecules move? Where is the difference in the macroscopic characteristics between the chain-molecules of different size or branching? Do they get caught or twisted like a ball of wool? What effect does the structure of the chemical components of the macromolecules have on the characteristics of the material? Is the material tough or brittle? Is it like glass, like a crystal or more like vulcanised rubber? Is it an electrical isolator or does it conduct electricity?

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research examine by computer simulation how far the structure of a macromolecule finally influences the characteristics of the polymer. Through simulation, scientists are able to examine even the smallest dimensions of macromolecules and monitor their activities. Then they compare the results with measurements from former experiments. These results serve to not only better understand well-known materials but also to develop new ones.

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Surfaces and Interfaces

Surfaces play an important role in coatings, in the reduction of friction, or in the biocompatibility of implants. However, there’s only very little known about their importance for biology. Life wouldn’t be possible without the building of reaction chambers inside a cell, the so-called compartments that are separated from each other by lipid membranes.
In the field of materials research different characteristics and functions can be combined in one material with the help of nano-structured materials.

The characteristics of such materials are fundamentally influenced by their interfaces. The development of micro and nanotechnologies are likewise determined by the characteristics of interfaces. The smaller the structures, the more molecules will be found on the surfaces. This is why one of the main objectives of the Max Planck Institute is the analysis of surfaces and interfaces. Given this knowledge interfaces can be specially designed and modified to achieve precisely defined effects and characteristics.

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Supramolecular Architectures

Large-scale structures that result from controlled interaction of macromolecules are called “supramolecular architectures.”
The controlled interaction of macromolecules leads to dramatically new characteristics of the materials. This is the reason why scientists work on improving methods for the production of supramolecular architectures and making them applicable to new technologies.

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, for example, develop polymers that are designed to improve the efficiency of lithium batteries, to make them safer and cheaper. They also produce supramolecular organised polymers that can be used as an active material in light emitting diodes. New kinds of material from inorganic or macromolecular components (hybrid materials) extend the range of possible application areas for polymers.

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Functional Materials and Components

Modern examples of polymer materials can increasingly be found in the so-called high-tech applications, for example in monitors for laptops, displays for mobile phones or generally in the area of microelectronics and information technology (e.g. as a medium for data storage). Functional polymers have long since started their triumphal course through the world markets.

Such complex applications demand certain requirements – the specific synthesis of new macromolecules, the detailed analysis of their structural and dynamic characteristics and the exact characterisation of the devices produced.
As a response to these important challenges scientists at the Max Planck Institute work within in a multi disciplinary project structure, where chemists, physicists, materials scientists and engineers interact closely.

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New Approaches to Synthesis

The goal of chemistry to produce tailor made materials with specific characteristics is particularly exiting when it comes to macromolecules. Small components – monomers – have to be linked together in long chains or complex formations like ladder-structures or networks.
All this has to be perfect - that is without defects in the construction - because possible defects can damage the designated material properties. Modern methods of synthesis allow for a “molecular building-set system” and provide product characteristics that material science previously could only dream of.

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Developing new Methods

The different characteristics of polymers are generated through several coordinated areas of order and disorder of the different components. To control this interplay the polymers’ characteristics have to be recorded over enormously long periods of time and length scales. This can only be achieved by using modern measurement techniques and complex computer simulations. To this end, the MPI-P is constantly improving and developing methods in the fields of spectroscopy, microscopy and scattering.
Today, it is possible to trace the movements of thousands of components in the experimentally and technologically relevant time frames on the computer.

The institute is one of the world’s leaders in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). This technique is used to look inside the polymers and observe the alignment, movement and interaction of the components.

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The Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) ranks among the globally leading research centers in the field of polymer research since its foundation in 1984. The focus on soft materials and macromolecular materials has resulted in the worldwide unique position of the MPI-P and its research focus. Fundamental research on both production and characterization of polymers as well as the physical and chemical properties analysis of polymers are conducted here by scientific collaborators from all over the world. Presently over 500 people are working at the MPI-P, the vast majority of whom are engaged in scientific research.

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