Prof. Dr. Edith Maeder

Dept. Composite Materials
+49 351 4658 305 +49 351 4658 362

Edith Mäder is scientist in the Institute of Polymeric Materialsof the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF) and head of the Department of Composites as well as speaker within the priority topic 3'Polymeric Functional Materials' at IPF.

Simultaneously, she is involved in education at Technische Universität Dresden, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, as Associate Prof.(Priv.-Doz.).


Current Research Fields

  • Surface modification and nano-structuring of glass fibres
  • Characterizationof modified fibre surfaces and fibre facture surfaces, development of micromechanical test methods
  • Charakterization of structure and of nano-scale interphases, micromechanical tests
  • Influence of interphase design on composites processing
  • Development of continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastics based on hybrid yarns
  • Improvement of durability of reinforcement fibres and aging behaviour of composites influenced by interphase modification

Field of Work

  • interfaces

    • adhesion and adsorption phenomena
    • wetting, inverse gas chromatography
    • surface energy, work of adhesion, adhesion strength
    • micromechanical tests

  • interphases

    • characterisation of interphases using microthermal analysis
    • interphase characterisation using scanning force microscopy
    • interphase characterisation using single fibre cyclic load test

  • micro-macro relations in composites
  • continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastics made from commingled yarns using different textile preforms, studies of structure-property relations, mechanical performance influenced by interphases
  • continuous surface modification during glass fibre spinning (sizing)
  • reinforced thermoplastics by compounding, injection moulding, long fibre reinforced thermoplastics
  • commingled yarns for continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastics
  • interphase design in fibre reinforced concrete
  • improving the aging behaviour and enhancing the durability by interface modification (nanostructured sizings, polymer coatings)