Macromolecular Chemistry

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Who we are - what we do

The GDCh Macromolecular Chemistry division brings together scientists from universities, research institutes and industry and bundles expertise from the areas of polymer chemistry, physics and applications:


  • Polymer synthesis and modification (synthetic polymers & biopolymers, hybrid materials & composites, nanocomposites, etc.)
  • Polymer physics and characterization (structure elucidation & representation of structure-property relationships)
  • Industrial polymers / polymer materials and their applications
  • Functional polymers with tailor-made properties and polymer-based systems (devices)
  • New developments in the polymer sector (e.g. polymers based on renewable raw materials, polymers and systems with (switchable) functions for electronics, optics and medical technology, biomaterials)

Through intensive internal and external exchange, the division faces the current challenges in research, application and training in the field of macromolecular sciences and makes an effective contribution to maintaining and promoting the competitiveness of Germany as a location for science and business.

Board of Directors 2021-2024

Dr. Joachim Simon, Covestro Deutschland AG (Chair)
Prof. Dr. Patrick Théato
, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Deputy Chair)
Dr. Ruth Bieringer
, Freudenberg FST GmbH
Prof. Dr. Holger Frey, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Dr. Patrick Glöckner, Evonik Industries AG
Prof. Dr. Sabine Ludwigs, University of Stuttgart
Prof. Dr. Walter Richtering, RWTH Aachen University
Dr. Volker Schädler, BASF SE
Dr. Christian A. Schaumberg, ALTANA AG

Permanent guests of the board of directors
Dr. Thomas Früh, Arlanxeo Germany GmbH
Prof. Dr. André Gröschel, Westphalian Wilhelms University of Münster
Prof. Dr. Ulrich S. Schubert, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Prof. Dr. Brigitte Voit, Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research Dresden eV (IPF)
Dr. Stefan Zechel, Friedrich Schiller University Jena


Rules of Procedure


GDCh headquarters
Dr. Carina Kniep
Tel .: +49 69 7917-499

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last modified: 27.05.2021 12:42 H from C.Kniep