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 (Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry and Food Chemistry)
Prof. Dr. Manfred Stamm:
Head of the IPF Institute Physical Chemistry and Physics of Polymers  – Chair of Physical Chemistry of Polymeric Materials (Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry and Food Chemistry)
Prof. Dr. Gert Heinrich:
Head of the IPF Institute Polymeric Materials – Chair of Polymer Materials and Rubber Technology (Faculty of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Institute of Material Science)
Prof. Dr. Carsten Werner:
Head of the Research Division Biofunctional Polymer Materials at the IPF – Chair of Biofunctional Polymer Materials (Faculty of Science, Department 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  (Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Institute of Theoretical 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 professor for Elastomeric Materials (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.

The IPF is 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 in four DFG Collaborative Resarch Centres (SFB) and one 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

Competence and capacity in materials science in Dresden is merged in the  Materials Research Network Dresden to which eleven institutes of the university and nine non-university institutes are affiliated.