Foto: J. Giesecke/ IPF Dresden

June 15, 2018 (18:00-1:00)

Experience the fascinating world of materials research at IPF! Learn about applications of polymer research in modern technology and discover areas of your life in which you already interact with polymers on a daily basis. The potential of this incredibly versatile class of materials is almost limitless -- from car tires to medical implants, from nanostructures to lightweight structures for airplanes. No matter if you really want to dive in or if you just want to take a quick peek -- you can select from our wide range of lectures, labs and activities to create your individual program for the night.

Dresden Science Night

Looking back

Foto: S. Spröwitz/ IPF Dresden

We thank around 1000 guests for their visit during the Dresden Science Night on the 15th of June, 2018!

We congratulate the winners of the quiz!
up to 10 years: Veronika S., Maximilian H., Greta B., Caroline N.
older than 10 years: M. Zein, J. Hofmann

If you want to know, whether your answeres were correct  - here are the solutions:

Kinderquiz - Quiz (> 10 Jahre) - Quiz (>10 years) English version


Program 2018

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Program 2007


The miniature stool as one demonstrator object
Foto: K. Uhlig/ IPF Dresden

Leichtbau an der Grenze des Machbaren
Dr. Axel Spickenheuer

Lecture in German on fibre-reinforced composites, in particular the Tailored Fibre Placement Technology and its potential.



For children

Foto: J. Giesecke/ IPF Dresden

Chemistry for children (in German)
Dr. Jürgen Pionteck and Dr. Jan Domurath
Interactive lecture with experiments, about 45 min, for children from about 5 to 10

afterwards, from ca. 19:15
Do-it-yourself experiments: Experience polymer synthesis and physics with your own hands

In addition, many of the open labs are very demonstrative and, therefore, also suited for children.

Open labs and pilot plants

  1. Relax and Release: Drug release from polymer films
  2. Red Gold: Optical effects in material layers explained by the example of thin gold layers and nanoparticles
  3. Surface modification by plasma jet
  4. Get into (blood) contact! Interaction between material and blood in medical devices
  5. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR and EPR) to study structure and dynamics
  6. Light and electron microscopy
  7. Polymer processing: Extrusion and injection moulding
  8. Polymer processing: 3D printing
  9. Glassblower’s workshop
  10. Synthesis of biogenic ‘green‘ polymers for new materials
  11. In-line modification of fibre-reinforced plastics components to allow coating
  12. Hightec-structures from the stitching machine for applications from medical implants up to aircrafts
  13. Infrared thermography to study deformation and fracture
  14. Microplastics in the environment: Identification by Raman and IR sepctroscopy
  15. Chromatography for investigation of substances
  16. Nanolayers fight bacteria and dirt: Thin polymer films with easy-to-clean, anti-microbial and anti-fogging properties
  17. Temperature profiles and exceptional portraits made by an infrared camera
  18. Reinforcing fibres in composites - controlling adhesion and composite performance
  19. Crash test for drops: From the investigation of drops by means of super slow-motion cameras to application of wetting phenomena
  20. Fascination rubber: Development of novel elastomeric materials
  21. Design and production of specific research equipment

Further activites