Research Activities

The research activities in the Analytical Department are integrated in the main fields of research of the Institute of Polymer Research. They especially include the characterization of structure, reactivity, morphology and interactions in functionalized linear and branched polymers, in copolymers, in heterogeneous polymer blends, crosslinked polymer systems and in composites by NMR (H. Komber), IR/Raman (M. Malanin/D. Fischer), thermal analysis (S. Boye), SEC with different detectors and AF4 (A. Lederer/S. Boye) and ellipsometry (E. Bittrich)

Materials of Interest:

  • Modified Hyperbranched Polymers and Dendrimers
  • Polymers for Organic Electronics
  • Hydrogels and Brushes
  • Polyesters and block copolymers
  • Nanocomposites
  • Biohybrid structures and polymer assemblies

Special Research Topics:

Particle Analysis and Raman Spectroscopy (Microplastics Group)

  • RAMAN Spectroscopy (incl. SERS) and RAMAN Imaging
  • Polymer and material analysis
  • Depth profile and 3-D analysis
  • Surface, interface and structure analysis
  • Investigation of surface modification, phase separation and chemical composition
  • Investigation of carbon materials (carbon nanotubes, graphites, graphene)
  • Identification of “microplastic” as potentially harmful polymer particles in the Baltic Sea

Polymer Separation (Polymer Separation Group)

  • Scaling properties of model dendritic polymers and biohybrid structures
  • Aggregation of dendronized polymers
  • Quantification of polymer host-guest complexes and location of cargo
  • Multidetector separation of polyolefins
  • Characterization of vesicles

Ellipsometry of Organic Thin Films (Ellipsometry Group)

  • Variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry (VASE), SE-QCMD-coupling
  • In-situ studies of swelling of polymer films, protein and nanoparticle adsorption
  • Glass transition temperature in thin polymer films
  • Morphology, molecular orientation, and optical properties of OPV and OLED materials
  • MIR spectroscopy of ultra-thin films
  • Kinetic of Crosslinking and H-Bonding Studies


Important results can be found in the corresponding Publications.