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The main strategic element of the Bavarian Polymer Institute are central key laboratories (KeyLabs). The KeyLabs, which are located at the three locations of the BPI (Bayreuth, Erlangen-Nürnberg and Würzburg) build a joint research infrastructure accessible to all members of the BPI as well as to external researchers, visiting scientists and industrial partners. Currently, 14 KeyLabs are located in the facilities of the BPI.

Distinguished professors in their respective field coordinate the KeyLabs. Experienced scientists with long-lasting experience in polymer synthesis, characterization and computation are responsible for the scientific day-to-day business of the laboratories. The KeyLabs provide access to state of the art facilities and equipment as well as cutting edge research infrastructures offering excellent conditions for scientists, early career researchers, PhD candidates and visiting scientists. This modern infrastructure is also available for regional and national companies and enterprises.

Overview of the KeyLabs of the Bavarian Polymer Institut:

Synthesis and Molecular Characterization

University of Bayreuth

The Keylab combines the expertise and equipment for the synthesis of functional polymers and their characterization. Reactors ranging from 0.05 – 10 L are available for polymer synthesis from the gram to the kilogram scale. ...more                                                           

Supramolecular Polymers

University of Würzburg

The Keylab Supramolecular Polymers applies non-covalent forces such as hydrogen bonding, π−π-stacking and metallosupramolecular interactions to give colloidal assemblies, hydro- and organogels as well as liquid crystalline functional materials.. ...more

Theory and Simulation

University of Bayreuth

Simulations using the power of present-day supercomputers have become an indispensable tool in all areas of modern science. Using a variety of computational methods the Keylab Theory & Simulation investigates macromolecular and other organic structures on different length and time scales. ...more

Electron and Optical Microscopy

University of Bayreuth

The Keylab Electron and Optical Microscopy combines scientific expertise in different areas of modern microscopy to study the structure and morphology of advanced polymer materials. ...more

Mesoscale Characterization: Scattering Techniques

University of Bayreuth

The KeyLab Mesoscale Characterization: Scattering Techniques provides state-of-the-art X-Ray Scattering infrastructure for the characterization of complex structures and in-situ structure formation processes of matter on length scales from 1-250 nm.  ...more

Surface and Interface Characterization

University of Bayreuth

The Keylab Surface and Interface Characterization utilizes various surface analytical techniques to obtain quantitative information about interfacial properties of inorganic, polymeric or composite materials. ...more

Device Engineering

University of Bayreuth

Advanced polymer systems are essential for energy conversion and storage, lighting and information technology. In the Keylab Device Engineering novel organic solar cells (OSCs), organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic field effect transistors (OFETs) and batteries are developed. ...more

Small Scale Polymer Processing

University of Bayreuth

The Keylab Small Scale Polymer Processing is specialized on shaping polymers on a 1 to 100 g scale to fibers, films, and injection molded parts, as well as the incorporation
of additives and fillers. ...more

Polymer Properties under Processing Conditions

University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

The optimisation of processes and component properties requires analytical knowledge of thermomechanical material behaviour with adequate consideration of the boundary conditions specific for each process. ...more

Polymer Additives and Fillers

University of Bayreuth

Additives are essential to make polymers processable and to improve and assure their end-use properties. Changes in processing conditions, production techniques, new appli-cations and aspects related to health, safety, and environment require continuous research and development of novel additives and fillers for polymers. ...more

Highly Filled Polymers

University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

By addition of individual additives, new perspectives for innovative applications and processes can be opened. Highly filled polymers will be investigated and developed for future-oriented production processes and applications. ...more

Advanced Fiber Technologies

University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

The Keylab Advanced Fiber Technologies develops novel fibers for applications in different technology fields including medicine. ...more

Polymers for Medicine

University of Würzburg

The Keylab Polymers for Medicine interfaces polymer science and technology with a clinical
environment and the Fraunhofer translational center Würzburg. ...more

Adaptive Biomanufacturing

University of Bayreuth

The Keylab Adaptive Biomanufacturing is focused on the production and characterization of 3D polymer scaffolds for medical engineering applications. ...more