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Manfred Wilhelm
Division "Polymeric materials"
Prof. Dr. M. Wilhelm
Build. 11.23  - Room 309
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Mrs. Sabine Weiland
Bui. 11.23   Room 310
Tel. +49(0)721-608-43151
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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry
Polymeric Materials

visitor address
Engesserstr. 18
76131 Karlsruhe



Prof. Dr. Manfred Wilhelm, KIT

Polymeric Materials


The mechanical properties and the rheology properties are basic parameters for processing and application of polymers. In spite of this, the molecular structure is normally not known in full detail for polymeric systems.
Therefore, the correlation of the molecular structure of a polymer with its mechanical properties is the basic idea of the scientific work in the group of Prof. Wilhelm.

Additional information on our research can be found here.



Cover Page Advanced Science

Congratulations to Lukas Arens: His latest article ("Osmotic Engine: Translating Osmotic Pressure into Macroscopic Mechanical Force via Poly(Acrylic Acid) Based Hydrogels") received the Cover Page of the Journal Advance Science.

Here the downloads for the Cover Page and the full Article (open acces journal).

Alumni 2017

The meeting of partner and alumni of the group Prof. Wilhelm took place at September, the 22th. More than 80 persons meet for a day full of science and discussions.

New Equipment

New shear rheometer: The second exemplar of this high-end shear rheometer was required for sufficient measurement capacity in our group.

New characterisation method

With this new combination we want to achieve chemical information combined with simultaneously recovered size information and separation. The result is a 2D-diagram chemical shift against elution volume.

Karl PhD
Ph.D. in Freiburg

Congratulations for Karl Ratzsch for defending sucessfully his Ph.D. thesis

New Equipment

Keyence Digital Microscope VHX 900F, high-end surface mikroscope (incidient light) with focus stacking for extremely high depth of field

Haake Minijet
New Equipment

Haake Minijet Pro is a injection moulding machine for smallest amount of samples, starting from 2 ml sample volume. Therefore, it allows fast and reproducible production of specimens for rheological characterization or other mechanical testing methods.

Rheograph 50
Capillary rheometer

The new capillary rheometer reaches extremely high shear rates and includes a higher sensitivity by a factor of 10. So it will be possible to simulate all conditions occuring in polymer processing, especially polymer spinning.

Spinsolve 60

A new 1H-NMR-Spectrometer is completing our equipment. The Magritek Spinsolve 60 reaches spectral resolution based on permanent magnets and is extremely compact.

Universite Laval
Associate professor

Prof. Manfred Wilhelm is now associated professor at the Université Laval in Québec, Kanada. In this cooperation, we will work on the fatique of polymeric materials and develop new methods for early prediction of fatique.

SFB 1176

New colloraborative Research Center, SFB 1176

"Molekulare Strukturierung weicher Materie"

at the KIT is granted by the DFG. Speaker of this first research center in polymer chemistry at the KIT is Prof. Barner-Kowollik.