Cooperation with TU 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.  In July 2019, the Technische Universität Dresden was among the winners in the Excellence Strategy Competition and selected for permanent funding as University 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 (School of Science, Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry)
Prof. Dr. Andreas Fery:
Head of the IPF Institute Physical Chemistry and Physics of Polymers  –
Professor for Physical Chemistry of Polymeric Materials (School of Science, Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry)
Prof. Dr. Carsten Werner:
Head of the Institute Biofunctional Polymer Materials at the IPF –
Professor of Biofunctional Polymer Materials (School of Science, Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry)
Prof. Dr. Jens-Uwe Sommer:
Head of the Institute Theory of Polymers at the IPF –
Professor of Theory of Polymers (School of Science, Faculty of Physics)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Stommel:
Head of the Institute Polymer Materials at the IPF
Professor of Polymer Materials Science (School of Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Science and Engineering)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sven Wießner:
Head of the Research Division Elastomers at the IPF
Professor for ElastomerMaterials (School of Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Science and Engineering)

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 Institute Biofunctional Polymer Materials and the Max Bergmann Center of Biomaterials the IPF closely collaborates with the forms part of excellence cluster and Research Centre Regenerative Therapies (crtd), the „Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering“ (both emerged from the exellence initiative) and the  Center for Molecular Bioengineering B-Cube  (emerged from Center for Innovation financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, co-initiator: Prof. Dr. Carsten Werner).

In 2019 started the new excellence cluster "Physics of Life" with IPF participation.

The IPF also cooperates in the excellence cluster  "Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed)" (201 2to 2018 financed as a cluster of excellence) and the integrated graduate school.

In 2016, the IPF was cofounder of the Research Centre for High-Performance Fibres, Structures and Textile Machine Development (HP-Fibre Structures).

The IPF was 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(d) in DFG Collaborative Research Centres (SFB) and a DFG Research Unit:

Competence and capacity in materials science in Dresden is merged in the  Materials Research Network Dresden (MFD) to which institutes/chairs of the university and nine non-university institutes are affiliated. Since 2016, the MFD is an associate partner in the scientific area Materials and Structures of DRESDEN-concept.