Macromolecular Chemistry

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Who we are – What we do

The Macromolecular Chemistry division of the GDCh brings together scientists from universities, research institutes and industry and bundles expertise from the respective areas of polymer chemistry, -physics and -applications:
• Polymer synthesis and –modification (such as synthetic polymers and biopolymers, hybrid materials & composites, nanocomposites);
• Polymer physics and –characterization (structure elucidation and presentation of structure-property relationships);
• Industrial polymers/ polymer materials and their applications
• Functional polymers with tailor-made properties and polymer-based systems (devices); and
• New developments in the field of polymers (e.g., polymers based on renewable resources, polymers and polymeric systems (with switch) functions for electronics, optics and medical engineering, biomaterials).

Through the intensive internal and external exchange of experiences and ideas, the division is addressing the current challenges in research, application and education in the field of macromolecular sciences and is effectively contributing towards maintaining and promoting the competiveness of the scientific and economic location, Germany.

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What we stand for

We pursue the following aims:

• To promote science and research in the field of polymer chemistry, -physics and the application of polymers/polymer materials through the exchange of information and experiences beyond the limits of the disciplines of polymer science. Moreover, we aim to further the discussion and cooperation with other GDCh-divisions but also with associations and organizations surrounding the polymer sciences.

• To advance the dialogue about societal developments and joint objectives of universities, institutes and industry;

• To secure an excellent education and development of a diverse academic landscape; and

• To promote and support the students and young scientists in the field of the polymer sciences as well as to cooperate in the continuing education of experts working in their profession.


What we do

To achieve our goals, we also:

• Host the Young University Instructors’ Workshop with granting the Reimund Stadler Award. This workshop offers prospective university teachers from the field of polymer chemistry and related areas, the possibility to present their works in the circle of selected scientists and, thus, promote the networking among one another but also the cooperation among academia, institutes and industry. To honor exceptional research, the division takes this occasion to confer the Reimund Stadler Award.

• Award travel stipends to students and doctoral candidates. Upon application, the division gives grants for participation at conferences.

• Cooperate in the continuing education program of the GDCh.

Division Conference on Macromolecular Chemistry

Every other year, the Macromolecular Chemistry division organizes an internationally renowned lecture event, “The Division Conference on Macromolecular Chemistry”. During this event, current development areas of polymer sciences are accentuated and particular focal areas are delved into through the lecture program.  The division hereby collaborates with other polymer scientific organizations. This conference takes place in the even calendar years. We welcome all those interested to attend.

German-Australian Research Cooperations: Though Far away, Close in Relationship

Germany and Australia are traditionally strong in polymer research. On this basis, several research funders are offering possibilities for cooperation between academic and, in particular, industrial partners. For example, the Australian Research Council (ARC) sponsors two advancement programs enabling the active incorporation of German scientists and companies in Australian-German research projects. These are the “ARC Discovery Programm” as well as the “ARC Linkage Programm” that allow innovative new technologies to be realized. Applications for joint projects of Australian universities with German companies may be submitted at any time to the ARC Linkage Programm, whereby funding of up to 300,000 AUD per year can be applied for. The ARC Linkage Programm is very attractive for industrial partners, because only a relatively small cash involvement, as compared with that of bilateral research projects, is required. Moreover the program is open for Small- and Midsized Enterprises (SMEs) that will not be disadvantaged compared to larger companies with respect to funding. For details on these attractive options, please contact Prof. Dr. Christopher Barner-Kowollik of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

zuletzt geändert am: 01.06.2018 - 09:39 Uhr von M.Fries