April 1 to 4, 2012


Dresden Polymer Discussions have been organized by the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden and the Chair of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Dresden University of Technology since 1986.
Under the headline Molecular Bioengineering meets Polymer Science the 13TH DRESDEN POLYMER DISCUSSION is going to address one of the most exciting topics in todays’ materials research: biology-inspired design of functional materials referring to the archaic principle of learning from nature.
Nature offers a huge inventory of functional systems that may serve to solve technological problems. To be able to use such functionalities in novel materials, they have to be identified and studied on molecular level in living systems, and basic principles have to be translated into synthetic systems. This would allow to develop, e.g., innovative adaptive and self-healing materials, mechanisms of molecular recognition, assembly, and transport, as well as matrices for exploitation of the endogen regenerative potential of living organisms.
As polymers provide the basis of functionalities in natural systems, advance in the field of molecular bioengineering depends to a large extend on exploitation of the potential of polymer science. The 13th Dresden Polymer Discussion shall bring together leading experts from different fields to present and intensively discuss novel concepts and results in biology-inspired polymer research.

Scientific Program

The program will consist of about 25 invited talks of renowned international researchers and a number of contributed papers (most of them poster presentations and only very few contributed oral presentations). The seminar will provide ample time and space for discussions and exchange of ideas.

The following speakers have accepted to give invited talks:

Ashutosh Chilkoti, Durham, USA
Stefan Diez, Dresden, Germany
Lino Ferreira, Cantanhede, Portugal
Jordan Fletcher, Bristol, UK
Jürgen Groll, Würzburg, Germany
Michael Grunze, Heidelberg, Germany
Matthew Harrington, Potsdam, Germany
Jeffrey D. Hartgerink, Houston, USA
Alexander V. Kabanov, Omaha, USA
Nils Kröger, Dresden, Germany
Jeorg Lahann, Ann Arbor, USA
Andreas Lendlein, Teltow, Germany
Matthias Lutolf, Lausanne, Switzerland
Robert Luxenhofer, Dresden, Germany
Martin Möller, Aachen, Germany
Chiara Neto, Sydney, Australia
Tilo Pompe, Leipzig, Germany
Thomas Scheibel, Bayreuth, Germany
Michael Schlierf, Dresden, Germany
Joachim Spatz, Stuttgart, Germany
Marcus Textor, Zürich, Germany
Matt Tirrell, Berkeley, USA
Tanja Weil, Ulm, Germany
Jens-Uwe Sommer, Dresden, Germany

You can find the total program here.


It is a discussion meeting with a strictly limited number of participants.
If you are interested in participation, please contact the organizers.


Prof. Dr. Carsten Werner and Prof. Dr. Rainer Jordan 


Kerstin Wustrack and Juliane Jeschke
Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e. V.
Postfach 12 04 11
01005 Dresden
Phone: +49 351 4658-282
Fax: +49 351 4658-214