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Carl Pölking receives Otto Hahn Medal

June 21, 2017
For his outstanding dissertation "The (Non-) Local Density of States of Excellence in Organic Semiconductors", Dr. Carl Pölking receives the Otto Hahn Medal for the year 2016. The Max Planck Society (MPG) awards the prize to Pölking, who received his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P), for his theoretical studies on long-range electrostatic effects in organic semiconductors. The researcher, who has been working at the University of Cambridge since 2016, accepted the award on June 21 at the MPG's annual general meeting in Weimar. [more]
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Tailored tires: elucidating the molecular origin of strain hardening in polymer composites

May 24, 2017
Replacing the trial-and-error approach with a concept to independently tune linear and nonlinear mechanics in polymer composites – polymers with additional filler particles – scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) have shown how the amount of fillers sets the strain-hardening properties. The findings allow for a tailored design of materials, for example car tires, as they need to support cyclic and static loads. [more]
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Girls' Day 2017

May 04, 2017
How does a typical day at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) look like? What are the scientists, laboratory technicians or engineers currently working on and how did they get into the world of science? 20 high school students between the age of twelve and 15 participated in the Girls' Day at the MPI-P on April 27, 2017 and were eager to get answers to these and many more questions. [more]
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New Max Planck Partner Group strengthens Sino-German collaboration

April 19, 2017
The new partner group was established between the Institute of Fundamental and Frontier Sciences at the University of Electronic Science and Technology (UESTC) in Chengdu, China, and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P). The start of the collaboration is granted retroactively from February 2017 onwards. [more]
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Visit of Malu Dreyer

March 22, 2017
As part of the sustainability conference hosted by the Zukunftsinitiative Rheinland-Pfalz on March 9, 2017, at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P), Malu Dreyer, Minister President of the state Rhineland-Palatine, met with the directors of the MPI-P. [more]
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Combining science and entertainment: PhD researcher wins science slam

March 15, 2017
With his presentation “Dissociation of two-particle excitations – or how to break up couples", Jens Wehner, physicist and doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) successfully participated in three different science slams in Mannheim, Wiesbaden and Bonn. On March 15, 2017, he performes at the international competition for science communication, Famelab, in Karlsruhe. [more]
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Ready for new turbulences

March 01, 2017
First Max Planck Center for the physics of complex fluid dynamics is inaugurated / Collaboration between two Max Planck Institutes and research groups from the University of Twente [more]
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Visit of the Minister of Science

February 10, 2017
Prof. Dr. Konrad Wolf, Minister of Science, Further Education and Culture of the State Rhineland-Palatine, visited the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) on February 2, 2017. The Minister was appointed as new member of the institute’s Board of Trustees in 2016. Together with twelve other representatives from politics and business, he advises the institute on scientific, economic and organizational issues. [more]
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Marie Curie Grant to develop anti-fouling and anti-icing surfaces

January 16, 2017
The Max Planck Institute (MPI-P) and its international partners have received a Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant worth 3.9 million euros from the European Commission to fund an Innovative Training Network (ITN) on “Lubricant Impregnated Slippery Surfaces” (LubISS). [more]
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Scientist for three days: refugee children visit the institute

December 21, 2016
For three days three refugee children from Mainz-Bretzenheim visited the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P). From December 12-14, 2016 the young scientists to-be got an insight into the life as a researcher and learned more about the German culture by means of an additional leisure program in the afternoon. Hasan Samet Varol, doctoral student in the department of Prof. Dr. Mischa Bonn at the MPI-P, and Catarina Nardi Tironi, also a doctoral student at the MPI-P in the department of Prof. Dr. Tanja Weil, organized the initiative. As part of the “people for people: integration of fellow human beings” founding was provided by the Max Planck Foundation. [more]
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