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Institute “Nanotechnology in Polymer Composites”

Modern nanotechnology does have a wide array of applications. One of those applications is the production of nano-augmented composites. Due to the complexity of developing these new materials the Universities of Braunschweig, Clausthal, and Hannover will collaborate as a Virtual Institute (VI). The basic funding is given by the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres. With regard to the Lower Saxony University of Technology (Niedersächsische Technische Hochschule NTH), this Virtual Institute is of special interest. Hereby a first impression of future collaboration between the three universities can be given.

Partners are the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt DLR), which is in charge of the central coordination, as well as the Austrian Research Centre (ARC). The Aim of the VI is to improve fibre-reinforced plastics by augmenting the matrix-system with nanosized particles. Those new generation composites will especially be used in aircrafts and wind turbines. First joint studies show promising results. “We expect an increase in compressive strength by 20 percent, an improvement of impact resistance by 20 percent and a bisection of shrinkage during curing,” Professor Ulrich Riedel, speaker of the Virtual Institute “Nanotechnology in Polymer Composites” said. Additionally thermal conductivity and fire prevention will be investigated within the project.

The workgroups participating in a Virtual Institute are not physically connected through a common building but they work comparably close together. There is one common administration and the institute acts as a unity; this is important to acquire third-party funds for example. The Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres supported 77 Virtual Institutes, another 10 are founded recently.

The Virtual Institute “Nanotechnology in Polymer Composites” consists of five partners: the Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems in Brunswick (DLR), the Institute for Particle Technology (TU Braunschweig), the Institute of Polymer Materials and Plastics Engineering (TU Clausthal), the Institute for Structural Analysis (LU Hannover) as well as the Austrian Research Centre in Seibersdorf as foreign party. ?We are particularly pleased about the support of the Helmholtz Association. This leads to a close cooperation between the Technical Universities of Lower Saxony”, Professor Michael Sinapius, deputy director of the DLR-Institute emphasised.

Team Members

Current Projects
DEFACTO: Battery design and manufacturing optimisation through multiphysic modelling more

HIPO STACK: High Power Redox Flow Stacks more

Simulation based modelling of time- and shear-dependent disperse and rheological properties of cement suspensions more

3D4Space – Additive manufacturing technologies for innovative space travel – „printing on the moon“ more

Nanofluidics & Particle manipulation – Production and characterization of metrological, hierarchical nano- and microstructures more

FOR 2021 “Active principles of nanoscale matrix additives for fibre reinforced lightweight structures” more

Dynamic Process Models for Fine Grinding and Dispersing more


Finished Projects
Processing of nanoparticles out of poorly water-soluble drugs by precipitation and drying using microsystems more