Dr. Anett Müller

Group leader Interfacial Phenomena in Technological Systems
at the Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V.

Hohe Strasse 6
01069 Dresden

Phone: +49 (0)351 4658-684
Fax: +49 (0)351 4658-474



Mission statement

Our core expertise is the surface modification including functional integration in technological applications.

What we do...

The group „Interfacial phenomena in technological systems” works in the field of application-oriented researches. Our main task is the surface modifications including functional integrations, which are mostly industrial polymers. Our research field contains plasma modification to generate functionalized surfaces, structuring, controllable adhesion and coatings on polymeric materials. Therefore, we mainly operate with low pressure and atmospheric plasma devices in combination with plasma enhanced layer deposition of silicon organic additives (HMDSO, TEOS, etc.). Mostly important is the understanding of these modification processes and their effect on the surface via surface-sensitive methods. In common we proceed the investigation of chemical, topographical or interaction properties of the generated surface modifications in their context on the application. Examples of applications are antibacterial properties, friction and adhesive control, permeation barriers and further more.

Profiling projects

  • DFG „Optimization of dielectric longitudinal interfaces using nanostructures“
  • BMBF „Sensoric adhesive for visual damage detection of bonded connections in structural glass construction (SENSOTEK)“
  • AiF „Barrier layers on elastomeric sealings for CO2 as refrigerant"
  • AiF „Gas permeation barrier layers on the inner side of food packages by atmospheric pressure plasma”
  • AiF „Functional coating of fibre reinforced components with high surface quality”
  • AiF „Development of tool surfaces for an improved demoulding process”
  • AiF „Load optimized bonding"

Selected publications

  • Knapp, A.; Nebel, L. J.; Nitschke, M.; Sander, O.; Fery, A.: Controlling line defects in wrinkling: a pathway towards hierarchical wrinkling structures. Soft Matter 2021, 17, 5384–5392 .
    DOI 10.1039/D0SM02231D.
  • Rzeczkowski, P.; Lucia, M.; Müller, A.; Facklam, M.; Cohnen, A.; Schäfer, P.; Hopmann, C.; Hickmann, T.; Pötschke, P.; Krause, B.: Development of joining methods for highly filled graphite/PP composite based bipolar plates for fuel cells: Adhesive joining and welding. AIP Conference Proceedings 2019, 2139, 110003.
    DOI 10.1063/1.5121678.
  • Knapp, A., Müller, A., Lucia, M. et al. Load optimized bonding. Adhes Adhes Sealants 2016, 13, 18–21.
    DOI 10.1007/s35784-016-0027-0.
  • Petzold, C.; Lucia, M.; Groß, S.; Müller, A.; Schneider, J.; Stoll, A.: Surface structuring of sheet moulding compounds (SMC) for process reliable coatings. Materials Science Forum 2015, 825–826, 663–70.
    DOI 10.4028/
  • Müller, A., Riske, T., Junghans, F. et al. Dauerhaft besser klebbar. Adhaes Kleb Dicht 2013, 57, 34–39.
    DOI 10.1365/s35145-013-0400-y.


  • Gedan-Smolka, M.; Müller, A.; Gohs, U.: „Verfahren zur Aushärtung und Oberflächenfunktionalisierung von Formteilen“, Patentschrift, DE00102009001145, WO00002010097276, US00002011311733, CN102333814, EP2401323, JP2012518712.
  • Glatz, B. A.; Knapp, A.; Fery, A.: “Surface-structured polymer bodies and method for the fabrication thereof”, Publikationsnummer DE 10 2017 218 363 A1, EP 3470 456 A1 as well as US 2019/0111610 A1
  • Knapp, A.; Lucia, M.: “Load-optimized bond and procedure to establish a load-optimized bond”, Publikationsnummer DE 11 2016 001 688.3, EP 1672 9759.7