Dr. Petr Formánek

Contact Electron Microscopy
at the Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V.

Hohe Strasse 6
01060 Dresden

Phone: +49 (0)351 4658-777
Fax: +49 (0)351 4658-281



Mission statement

Competence center in analysis of morphology, structure and chemical composition at microscale and nanoscale using various electron microscopy techniques.

What we do...

Electron microscopy is an indispensable tool for today's material characterization. It provides essential information on morphology, structure and local chemical composition of materials and devices at microscale and nanoscale. Thus it is a crucial method that makes the progress in materials research possible.

We provide our expertise for internal research projects across all the IPF’s strategic topics. Additionally we provide training of our PhD students in SEM and TEM and in limited amount service measurements for in-house projects. We continuously adapt our skills and knowledge on ever changing research topics.

Our core competences are...

  • scanning electron microscopy (SEM), focused ion beam (FIB), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX)
  • transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy-filtered TEM, cryo-TEM
  • specimen preparation using FIB and ultramicrotomy

Application areas:

  • polymer nanocomposites
  • polymer blends and block copolymers
  • functional nanoparticles
  • organic electronics and materials for batteries


  • Organic electronics (PB 1 and IAPP @ TU Dresden)
  • Polymer Nanocomposites (PB 1 and PB 3)
  • Biomimetics (PB 1)

Selected publications

  • S. C. Ambilkar, N. D. Bansod, B. P. Kapgate, A. Das, P. Formanek, K. Rajkumar, C. Das, In Situ Zirconia: A Superior Reinforcing Filler for High-Performance Nitrile Rubber Composites. ACS Omega 2020 5 (14), 7751-7761.
    DOI: 10.1021/ACSOMEGA.9B03495
  • Karpov, Y.; Kiriy, N.; Formanek, P.; Hoffmann, C.; Beryozkina, T.; Hambsch, M.; Al-Hussein, M.; Mannsfeld, S. C. B.; Büchner, B.; Debnath, B.; Bretschneider, M.; Krupskaya, Y.; Lissel, F.; Kiriy, A., Sequentially Processed P3HT/CN6-CP•−NBu4+ Films: Interfacial or Bulk Doping?. Adv. Electron. Mater. 2020, 6, 1901346.
    DOI: 10.1002/aelm.201901346
  • S. Morsch, Y. Liu, M. Malanin, P. Formanek, K.-J. Eichhorn, Exploring Whether a Buried Nanoscale Interphase Exists within Epoxy-Amine Coatings: Implications for Adhesion, Fracture Toughness, and Corrosion Resistance. ACS Applied Nano Materials 2019 2 (4), 2494-2502.
    DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.9b00387
  • Gumz, H.; Boye, S.; Iyisan, B.; Krönert, V.; Formanek, P.; Voit, B.; Lederer, A.; Appelhans, D.; Toward Functional Synthetic Cells: In-Depth Study of Nanoparticle and Enzyme Diffusion through a Cross-Linked Polymersome Membrane. Adv. Sci. 2019, 6, 1801299. DOI: 10.1002/ADVS.201801299
  • A. Horechyy, J. Paturej, B. Nandan, D. Jehnichen, M. Göbel, U. Reuter, J.-U. Sommer, M. Stamm, Nanoparticle assembly under block copolymer confinement: The effect of nanoparticle size and confinement strength. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2020, 578, 441-451.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2020.05.115