The institute's cooperation with the Technische Universität Dresden and within DRESDEN concept

The Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V. (Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden) is closely linked with the Technische Universität Dresden.

Since 2012, the Technische Universität Dresden has been one of 11 German Universities of Excellence. More on the excellence status.
The IPF has been involved in the university`s activities within the Excellence Initiative Programme launched by the German federal and state governments right from the beginning.

The close connections with the university are based on joint professorships established at the date of the institute's foundation in 1992.
In addition, the institute is a member of DRESDEN concept

Joint appointments/teaching activities

Leading scientists of the IPF are at the same time appointed professors at the Technische Universität Dresden:
Prof. Dr. Brigitte Voit:
Managing Director/Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of the IPF and head of the IPF Institute Macromolecular Chemistry – Chair of Organic Chemistry of Polymers (School of Science, Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry)
Prof. Dr. Andreas Fery:
Head of the IPF Institute Physical Chemistry and Physics of Polymers  –
Chair of Physical Chemistry of Polymeric Materials (School of Science, Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry)
Prof. Dr. Carsten Werner:
Head of the Research Division Biofunctional Polymer Materials at the IPF –
Chair of Biofunctional Polymer Materials (School of Science, Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry)
Prof. Dr. Jens-Uwe Sommer:
Head of the group Theory of Polymers at the IPF –
Chair of Theory of Polymers (School of Science, Faculty of Physics)

In addition, there is a honorary professorship and a junior professorship
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Edith Mäder:
Head of the Department of Composite Material at the IPF – Honorary professor for Interfaces, Interphases, and Mechanical Properties of Composite Materials
(Faculty of Mechanical Science and Engineering)
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sven Wießner
Head of the Department of Elastomers at the IPF
Junior professorship for elastomer materials (School of Engineering Sciences, Faculty of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Institute of Material Science)

Collaborative research activities

IPF and TUD have jointly established the Max Bergmann Center of Biomaterials, which has merged under one roof in a building opened at the IPF campus in 2002 activities of the two institutions in the field of Molecular Bioengineering.

With its Research Division Biofunctional Polymer Materials and the Max Bergmann Center of Biomaterials the IPF forms part of excellence cluster and DFG Research Centre "Regenerative Therapies (crtd)" and the „Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering“. In addition, the Innovation Center for Molecular Bioengineering B-Cube  has been established. It is funded  by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the program  „Entrepreneurial Regions“. Speaker of the Center is Prof. Dr. Carsten Werner. 

The IPF also collaborates in the new excellence cluster  "Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed)" and the integrated graduate school.

In 2016, the IPF was cofounder of the Research Centre for High-Performance Fibres, Structures and Textile Machine Development (HP-Fibre Structures).

The IPF was also involved in the "European Centre for Emerging Materials and Processes Dresden (ECEMP)" established as an excellence cluster within the Excellence Initiative of the Free State of Saxony.

The IPF is also one of the partners cooperating in the International Helmholtz Research School NanoNet, jointly founded by different Dresden institutions in 2012.

In addition, groups of the IPF cooperate(d) in DFG Collaborative Research Centres (SFB) and a DFG Research Unit:

  • SFB 639 „Textile-reinforced composite components for function-integrating multi-material design in complex lightweight applications“
  • SFB 655 „From cells into tissues: Stem cell and progenitor commitment and interaction during tissue formation“
  • SFB Transregio 67 "Functional biomaterials for controlling healing processes in bone and skin – from material science to clinical application"
  • SFB Transregio 79 "Materials for tissue regeneration in im systemically ill bones"
  • Research Unit 597 "Fracture mechanics and statistical mechanics of reinforced elastomeric blends" - Speaker: Prof. Dr. Gert Heinrich
  • Graduate School "Hydrogel-based microsystems"

Competence and capacity in materials science in Dresden is merged in the  Materials Research Network Dresden (MFD) to which eleven institutes of the university and nine non-university institutes are affiliated. Since 2016, the MFD is an associate partner in the scientific area Materials and Structures of DRESDEN-concept.