The Chair of Chemistry of Polymeric Materials plays an active role in the education of students in the field of Polymer Science and Engineering. Teaching comprises the principles of organic polymer chemistry, physical chemistry of polymeric materials as well as selected topics of industrial applications (e.g. coatings technology, fibre materials, elastomers and functional additives) both in lectures and in laboratory courses. Moreover, elective subjects are devoted to more specialized topics such as polymer photochemistry, polymers in biomedical applications, materials for electronics as well as the technology of adhesives). Numerous external lecturers from industry complement the range of teaching of our chair.
With respect to research, the Chair of Chemistry of Polymeric Materials is active both on a fundamental level and on a technological level. Whilst fundamental research aims at the study of new polymeric materials and processes, technological research is in many cases being conducted together with industrial companies and non-university research organizations such as the Polymer Competence Center Leoben (PCCL) see www.pccl.at. Multidisciplinary approaches, a strong interaction with polymer engineering, and a vivid collaboration with international research partners are the cornerstones of our research. The early involvement of students (bachelor and master level) in research projects is another element of our research policy, and significantly contributes to the academic education and professional experience of young engineers.