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A Chinese-German bridge in polymer research: University of Bayreuth expands its cooperation with Zhejiang University

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University of Bayreuth, Press Release No 117/2017, 2 Oktober 2017

Polymer and colloid research plays a key role in the development of new materials all around the world. In many technological fields, it is a driving force behind ground-breaking innovations. For this reason, the University of Bayreuth is continuing to expand its international cooperation in the field of polymer science – both in research and teaching – in particular with Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, one of the leading universities in China with a focus on polymer science. In the scope of Bayreuth’s elite programme of study Macromolecular Science, scientists and students from both universities met in September 2017 for the third time to hold a joint workshop in Bayreuth. This event centred on the latest developments and priorities in the field of polymer materials.


The workshop once again gave our students and the students from Hangzhou the opportunity to present their own research ideas and findings and to discuss them with experienced polymer scientists. The various talks and discussions provided all the participants with insights into current research approaches in the field of polymer science in China and Germany, illustrating their technological potential,” explained Prof. Andreas Greiner, who initiated the cooperation between the German and Chinese partners. He organized the workshop together with his colleague Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Schmidt of the University of Bayreuth and Prof. Zhi-Kang Xu and Prof. Ji Jian of Zhejiang University. “Our scientific collaboration with the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering in Hangzhou – a leading university in the Shanghai metropolitan area– has proven to be so stimulating and fruitful for both sides that we would like to expand it in the coming years. Especially with Zhejiang University with regard to current research issues, there are many researchers here and in China with common interests. That is an excellent basis for being able to cooperate more closely in the future, both in research and in the exchange of students and doctoral researchers. From the perspective of the focus area Polymer & Colloid Science, intensifying this collaboration is of strategic importance,“ said Prof. Schmidt, chairman of the focus area and coordinator of the University of Bayreuth’s elite programme of study Macromolecular Science

This year’s workshop was the third meeting of its kind: the first bilateral workshop was held in Bayreuth in September 2015, and the second event was held at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou in April 2016. A fourth workshop is scheduled to be held in Hangzhou in April 2018.


The programme of study Macromolecular Science is part of the Elite Network of Bavaria and is a tried-and-trusted element of the University of Bayreuth’s focus area Polymer & Colloid Science. The programme of study supports outstanding, dedicated master’s students and doctoral researchers in the fields of polymer chemistry, colloid chemistry, materials chemistry and catalysis, biochemistry and molecular biology, physics, biophysics, and materials science. An excellent range of courses held in the English language, an ideal student-to-instructor ratio, and the chance to network with research partners in science and industry ensure you have the best opportunities for your own career planning.


Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Schmidt
Chair of Macromolecular Chemistry I
University of Bayreuth
95447 Bayreuth
Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-3200 and -3299
E-mail: hans-werner.schmidt@uni-bayreuth.de

Prof. Dr. Andreas Greiner
Chair of Macromolecular Chemistry II
University of Bayreuth
95447 Bayreuth
Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-3398 and -3399
E-mail: greiner@uni-bayreuth.de

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