Tailored Thermosets & Biomaterials

The competence field Tailored Thermosets & Biomaterials performs research and development on composite materials with functional properties based on thermosetting polymers, bio-polymers, hybrid systems, and nanocomposites. We make use of bio-based, sustainable resources wherever it is technically, economically and ecologically reasonable. Targets are the continuous adaption and improvement of materials and the integration of multiple functionalities within one specifically customized composite. Requirements are e.g. high modulus, strength and excellent damage tolerance, flame resistance, electrical conductivity, heat/sound/corrosion protection, barrier effect, low wear, intrinsic lubrication, and recyclability.

We work on solutions to replace toxic polymer solvents by non-toxic versions. New materials are applied e.g. as composites, foams, bulk resins, and coatings. We apply nanotechnology to reinforce polymers by in-house synthesized or commercially available nanoparticles. In order to avoid dispersion efforts and reduce processing costs, we apply innovative polymers which generate micro and nanostructures in-situ during the manufacturing process, thereby creating improved material properties.


Bernd Wetzel

Research Director Materials Science & Manager Tailored Thermosets & Biomaterials

Special expertise: Multifunctional thermosets, nanocomposites, tribology, fracture mechanics, structure-property relationships

Room: 58/578
Economic Sectors Applications (Examples)
Automotive Coatings on piston skirts and slide bearing
Aeronautics Corrosion protection
Engineering and systems engineering Roller covers, slide bearings
Energy Barrier coatings
Construction Pipe and sewer renovation, modification of natural fibers

Special Expertise

  • Broad expertise in material selection, processing, and characterization
  • Development of thermoset composites with tailored and multifunctional properties
  • Scalable processing technologies and methods according to industrial standards
  • Synthesis of nanoparticles and core-shell particles

Materials and Questions

Typical Materials

  • Thermosets, thermoplastics, elastomers, bio-based polymers, ceramic and organic micro and nanoparticles, CNT, graphene, fibers, self-organizing nanoparticles

Typical Questions

  • How can properties and processability of thermosets be improved without increasing the cost?
  • Which thermosets are resistant against strong alkaline media in order to reach high durability in applications?
  • Which equivalent or better material can substitute a material that is no longer available on the market?

Projects in this field

Publications from the IVW papers in this field of competence

  • Kopietz, M.

    Modifizierte, phosphatfreie Organomineralharze in glas- und basaltfaserverstärkten Kunststoffen

  • Hassinger, I.

    Analyse und Entwicklung des Extrusionsprozesses zur Erhöhung der Dispersionsqualität von Nanopartikel-Polyamid 6-Verbundwerkstoffen

  • Zhou, R.

    Nanoparticle-Filled Thermoplastics and Thermoplastic Elastomer: Structure - Property Relationships

  • Noll, A.

    Effektive Multifunktionalität von monomodal, bimodal und multimodal mit Kohlenstoff-Nanoröhren, Graphit und kurzen Kohlenstofffasern gefülltem Polyphenylensulfid

  • Knör, N. F.

    Einfluss der Verarbeitungstechnologie und Werkstoffzusammensetzung auf die Struktur-Eigenschafts-Beziehungen von thermoplastischen Nanoverbundwerkstoffen

  • Medina, R.

    Rubber Toughened and Nanoparticle Reinforced Epoxy Composites

  • Bittmann, B.

    Ultraschalldispergierung von anorganischen Nanopartikeln in Epoxidharz und Charakterisierung der resultierenden Werkstoffe

  • Siengchin, S.

    Water-Mediated Melt Compounding to Produce Thermoplastic Polymer-Based Nanocomposites: Structure-Property Relationships

  • Harsch, M.

    Methoden und Ansätze zur spannungsarmen Vernetzung von Epoxidharzen

  • Zhang, H.

    Fracture of Nanoparticle Filled Polymer Composites

  • Yang, J.

    Characterization, Modeling and Prediction of the Creep Resistance of Polymer Nanocomposites

  • Wetzel, B.

    Mechanische Eigenschaften von Nanoverbundwerkstoffen aus Epoxydharz und keramischen Nanoparktikeln

  • Wiedmer, S.

    Zur Pultrusion von thermoplastischen Halbzeugen: Prozessanalyse und Modellbildung

  • Gatos, K.G.

    Structure-Property Relationships in Rubber/Layered Silicate Nanocomposites

  • Rosso, P.

    Erfassung und Bewertung von Grenzschichteffekten in neuartigen kohlenstofffaserverstärkten Polymeren

  • Jost, N.

    Vernetzung und Chemorheologie von Duromeren mit hybrider und interpenetrierender Struktur

  • Hoffmann, J.

    Entwicklung einer neuartigen Fertigungstechnik zur Herstellung resorbierbarer Microfibrillarer Composites

  • Rodermund, D.

    Styrolfreie Vinylesterharze zur Verwendung in Verbunddübeln

  • Fuhrmann, I.

    Photochemische Modifizierung von Gummipartikeln - ein Beitrag zur stofflichen Wiederverwertung von Altgummi

  • Barkoula, N.-M.

    Solid particle erosion behaviour of polymers and polymeric composites

  • Papke, N.

    Neue thermoplastische Elastomere mit co-kontinuierlicher Phasenstruktur auf Basis von Polyester/Elastomer Blends unter Verwendung gezielt chemisch funktionalisierter Elastomere

  • Gremmels, J.

    Partieller hygrothermischer Abbau von Polyester-Polyurethan und dessen Anwendung - ein Beitrag zur Entwicklung eines neuen Recyclingverfahrens

  • Bechtold, G.

    Pultrusion von geflochtenen und axial verstärkten Thermoplast-Halbzeugen und deren zerstörungsfreie Porengehaltsbestimmung

    External Publications "Tailored Thermosets & Biomaterials"

    The effect of block copolymer and core-shell rubber hybrid toughening on morphology and fracture of epoxy-based fibre reinforced composites.

    Engineering Fracture Mechanics 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.engfrac-mech.2018.06.044


    Flexural and fracture mechanical properties of in situ particulate reinforced organomineral hybrid resins modified by organofunctional silanes

    Composites Science and Technology 2019. doi: 10.1016/j.compscitech.2019.02.013


    Eco-friendly and Sustainable Processing of Wood Based Materials

    Green Chem., 2021, DOI: 10.1039/D0GC04430J.


    Novel Approach in B-Staging of an Epoxy Resin for Development of rCF Non-Woven Prepregs for RTP Processing