The Physical and Chemical Analysis of Polymers division investigates mechanical, electrical and optical properties at a sub-micrometre scale using physico-chemical analytical methods. The focus here is on structural property relationships of complex polymer systems.

At the core is the study of functional and failure mechanisms of composites, internal and external surfaces, and the interfaces between polymer solids and organic, inorganic and metallic solids. From scales ranging from the sub-micrometre to the molecular level, we use highly sensitive methods that we develop in-house.

We use scanning probe microscopy or electron beam lithography to design material interfaces. Hybrid techniques such as the combination of electron microscopy with scanning probe microscopy or broadband dielectric spectroscopy with specific heat spectroscopy are employed and enhanced. We also employ quasi-elastic and inelastic neutron scattering.

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Heinz Sturm, Head of Department Materials Protection and Surface Technology, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)

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