After an introductory lecture by the managing director of the institute, Prof. Kurt Kremer, she could gain some insights into research topics at the MPI-P in a tour through various laboratories. Prof. Tanja Weil presented the production of nanometer-sized diamonds. These can be used in medical diagnosis to investigate the distribution of drugs in the body using e. g. magnetic resonance imaging. The nano-diamond attached to the drug provides a signal during tomography.
In another laboratory, Prof. Doris Vollmer presented the functionality and production of water and dirt repellent layers. This effect, which is usually known from the lotus plant, can be artificially produced in the laboratory. Scientific questions here include the mechanical strength of such layers in order to use them later in technological and medical applications.
The Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) ranks among the top research centers in the field of polymer science worldwide. The institute was founded in 1983 on the campus of the Johannes Gutenberg University and commenced work in June 1984.
The focus on so-called soft materials and macro-molecular materials has resulted in the worldwide unique position of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research and its research focus. The Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research offers ideal conditions for conducting outstanding research. The institute combines all the necessary specialized expertise – from the creative design of new materials, from their synthesis in the lab to their physical characterization as well as the theoretical understanding of polymer characteristics.
Prof. Dr. Kurt Kremer
Managing director, MPIP
Dr. Christian Schneider
Tel.: 06131-379 132