The Leibniz-Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH (IVW) is a nonprofit research institution of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. It researches fundamentals for future applications of composite materials, which are of great importance for the mobility of the future, the fields of energy, climate and environment, production technology as well as for health care. New materials, construction methods and manufacturing processes are investigated and - after the basic understanding has been developed - tailor-made for the respective requirements.
The focus is on the entire process chain, from basic materials to characterization and simulation, from construction methods and production technology to component testing and recycling. New ideas and innovative concepts are not only an essential part of the research and further development of the institute, but also lead to spin-offs. Newly acquired knowledge is transferred, above all into science, but also into teaching, the interested public and industrial applications.
As a member of the Leibniz Association, the institute receives institutional grants in accordance with the AV-WGL for the joint financial support of institutions by the federal and state governments (federal share 50%, share of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and the entirety of the states 50%).
On 29 May 2021, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. mult. Klaus Friedrich, who for many years led and shaped our institute like no other, passed away. In August 1990, he became Research Director for Materials Science at the then newly founded Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe at the University of Kaiserslautern. His outstanding scientific achievements in the field of fiber reinforced composites are known and sought after worldwide. More than 900 papers in peer-reviewed journals and books have made him one of the most internationally cited scientists in the Stanford rankings, including "Friction and Wear of Polymer Composites", "Application of Fracture Mechanics to Composite Materials", "Advances in Composites Tribology", "Multifunctionality of Polymer Composites" and "Structure and Properties of Additive Manufactured Polymer Components". We owe Professor Friedrich the education of numerous students and doctoral candidates who today work in leading positions in industry and science. Due to his exemplary function and hospitality, sustainable international networks have been established, which are the basis of the good reputation of our institute, but also of Kaiserslautern's cosmopolitanism in the world. He has been active in the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Research Foundation, the German Society for Materials Science and high-profile review panels in Australia, Belgium, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Russia, Switzerland and South Africa, among others. Three honorary professorships (Zhogshan University Guangzhou, University of Science and Technology of China, Wuhan University of Technology) and two honorary doctorates from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and from the V.A. Belyi Metal Polymer Research Institute of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, innovation awards and patents distinguished his excellence. In 2005, Prof. Friedrich was honored as a "World Fellow" of the International Committee on Composite Materials. Even when receiving the emeritus status in 2006, there was no retirement for him. He accompanied IVW ever since, until shortly before his passing, as a loyal advisor, reviewer and supervisor of scientific work. With Professor Klaus Friedrich, a great man has left us. His good example remains.
We are pleased to announce that our Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe (IVW) has been accepted into the large family of renowned Leibniz institutions by the Leibniz Association's membership decision on November 26, 2020, effective January 1, 2021, and will now operate under the new name "Leibniz-Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH". The Leibniz Association connects 96 independent research institutions that range in focus from natural, engineering and environmental sciences to economics, spatial and social sciences and the humanities.
On 8 and 9 September 2021 we will celebrate 30 years of IVW with a festive colloquium at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern.
Together with our research partners we will present the latest developments and applications in the field of fiber-reinforced polymer composites.
We are looking forward to welcoming you on 8 September 2020 in Kaiserslautern!
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