The Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF) is one of the largest polymer research facilities in Germany.
As an institute of the Leibniz Association, the IPF is committed to carrying out application-oriented fundamental research and receives its basic funding in equal parts from the federal and state governments.
The approach is holistic, covering synthesis and modification of polymer materials, their charac-terization and theoretical investigation, up to processing and testing. A special feature of the in-stitute's activities is the close cooperation of scientists and engineers. Also, a broad range of modern instruments and methods, including pilot plants, are available, which allows material and technology development under industry-relevant conditions.
The research focus is on materials problems and needs which can be approached by control of interface-related properties as well as interactions at interfaces and surfaces. A deep understand-ing of techniques and processes as well as of underlying physical aspects shall provide the basis to develop long-term concepts for technological implementation and applications of new polymer materials.
The polymer materials address innovations for further development in, e. g., medicine, transport and mobility, as well as energy efficiency and advanced communication technologies.
The IPF cooperates with research institutes worldwide within research networks and numerous projects. Industrial enterprises may benefit from the institute's competence and know-how by cooperation in different, specifically adapted forms (e.g. joint projects including public funding, contract research, or licensing).