Polymer & Colloid Science
New materials for the 21st century.
An impressive example of innovative, interdisciplinary materials science research – polymer and colloid science is currently one of the fastest growing disciplines in the world. Polymer and colloid science is based on the traditional fields of chemistry (organic, inorganic, physical and bio-chemistry) and includes theoretical and experimental physics of polymers and colloids in addition to certain areas of engineering relevant to polymers.
Nationally unique – world-renowned
Polymer and colloid science has been a research priority at the University of Bayreuth since 1975. The efforts of more than 30 working groups from 3 different faculties working in the field of polymer and colloid science have become a hallmark of the University of Bayreuth. Their success has resulted in greater international visibility and numerous coordinated research projects. The Polymer Symposium (BPS) and the conference series entitled Light Harvesting Processes (LHP), which are regularly organized by members of the focus area, have become internationally renowned events within the scientific community.
Researching across the spectrum
The University of Bayreuth's research spectrum covers all aspects of modern polymer and colloid research. These aspects range from the development of new catalysts for polymerization to the synthesis and characterization of new polymers, colloids, and functional materials, and even to the development of new polymer materials. Physical and physio-chemical properties of polymers, colloids, and functional materials are also investigated. This spectrum is complemented by research in the areas of colloid science, polymer processing, polymer technology, theoretical and experimental polymer physics, organic-inorganic hybrid materials, biomaterials, bioconjugates, and biomacromolecules.
Coordinated research projects on national and international level
For over 30 years, science at the University of Bayreuth has been shaped by its collaborative research centres, research associations, EU-sponsored projects, and DFG-sponsored research training groups. For example, polymer and colloid research is a central topic of Collaborative Research Centre 840 “From Particulate Nanosystems to Mesotechnology”. This research centre follows in the tradition of Collaborative Research Centre 213 “Topospecific Chemistry and Toposelective Spectroscopy of Macromolecular Systems: Microscopic Interaction and Macroscopic Function” and Collaborative Research Centre 481 “Complex Macromolecule and Hybrid Systems in Internal and External Fields”. A €15 million grant towards the establishment of the BPI (“Bavarian Polymer Institute”) represent a further milestone.This institute is led by the University of Bayreuth in cooperation with the Universities of Erlangen-Nürnberg and Würzburg.
Focus Area Chairman
Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Schmidt
Chair of Macromolecular Chemistry I
Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-3200