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The Institute of Polymer Chemistry (ICP), which has been newly established in 2007 and is headed since that time by Prof. Dr. Oliver Brüggemann, is focussing its research mainly on the synthesis and characterization of functional polymers. Such polymers are intended to be applied in areas such as drug delivery, tissue engineering, or skin care, as well as in chromatography, extraction and catalysis. Furthermore, the institute is working on industrially relevant topics such as degradation of polymers during processing, or immobilization of stabilizers in polymers. Also, polymers from renewable resources play a role at the ICP.
Prof. Brüggemann is a chemist with a background in chemical engineering and polymer chemistry. He has worked at the polymer research facilities at BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and, prior to that, was a researcher at University of Hannover, Germany, at the Institute of Food Research in Reading, UK, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, at Lund University, Sweden, and at the Technical University in Berlin, Germany.
Associate Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ian Teasdale is a polymer chemist mainly working on polyphosphazenes at the ICP, since he has joined the institute in 2008. Prior to that, he has obtained a masters degree in chemistry at the University of Sheffield, UK, and a PhD in chemistry at the University of Manchester, UK. He has also worked at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, for one year in the field of organic chemistry.
Current research topics at a glance:
(1) Functional polymers: design, synthesis, characterisation and application in controlled drug release, chemical analysis, catalysis and extraction;
(2) Industrial aspects of polymers: polymer degradation during processing, immobilisation of antioxidants as stabilisers for polyolefins; formaldehyde-free adhesives; novel polyimides for applications in separation and sensoring;
(3) Bionics, bio-mimetic, bio-based and bio-compatible materials & hybrids and their application in tissue engineering, drug release, theranostics and data storage.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Oliver Brüggemann
Please take a look at the single large equipments of this core facility.
Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure
Design & synthesis of polymers, polymer analogous reactions.
Characterisation of polymers based on the listed infrastructure.
- TGA Q5000 IR - Thermogravimetric Analysis
- DSC Q2000 - Differential Scanning Calorimeter
- TMA Q400 Thermomechanical Analyzer
- DMA Q800 - Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer
- Viscotek TDA max with Tetra Detector Array (TDA) (UV/LS/RI/Vis)
- Dionex UltiMate 3000 Nano LC System
- HPLC Dionex UVD 170S
- Agilent RRLC - Rapid Resolution Liquid Chromatography
- Micromeritics TriStar 3000
- Spectrum 100 Serie FTIR Spectrometer
- UV / VIS Spectrometer
- Zeiss Microscope
- SpectraMax® M2e Microplate Reader
- Zetasizer Nano ZSP 2