Polymeric materials possess a high technical importance. The industrial production output of polymers surpasses in volume the production of steel since 1990.
The correlation of the molecular structure of a polymer with its macroscopic application properties builds the scientific basis of the research in the group of Prof. Wilhelm.
One important part are the synthetic capabilities of the group allowing to structure well-defined polymers with variable composition of monomers and controlled topology. This offers the possibility to study the influence of the molecular structure on resulting materials and applications properties (picture on the right), e.g. the influence of the degree of branching or the optimisation of hydrogels for the use in desalination or construction on an osmose motor.
On the other side, defined model polymers are a prerequisite for the enhancement and development of characterisation methods as they are needed in the calibration and testing procedures.
General concept of our research:
Molecular structure, more precise the monomer, the molecular weight, the distribution and the topology, and its correlation to the final material or even directly to applications.
Overview research strands
The research activities can be divided into four main topics, the different research strands are highly connected to each other, each strand benefits from improvements in the other areas.
Synthesis and characterisation of special polymers
Polymeric materials in new applications
Method development in rheology
Development of coupled methods
On these pages, you will find a summary of each research strand. In addition, selected research topics are presented in more detail.
In each research strand, a selection of related articles is listed. The full list of publications you can find here or in the menu structure at the left.