Tailored Thermosets & Biomaterials

The competence field Tailored Thermosets & Biomaterials has an interdisciplinary focus on energy, mobility and eco-efficiency. Core element is the development of reactive multifuncional composites in the context of environmentally benign manufacturing processes and tailor-made properties. The focus is on the development of an innovative modular building block system as a bottom-up technology platform, with new materials, preferably from sustainable raw materials, as well as functional fillers and reinforcing materials. Substances with interaction between matrix and particles as well as the use of functional principles from nature are of particular interest. Competencies in physical,chemical and especially fracture mechanics methods are constantly evolving.

Focal points are the elucidation of structures and properties on a micro/nano scale as well as the failure behavior (fatigue crack propagation, environmental stress cracking formation). New measurement methods, such as Temperature-Modulated Optical Refractometry (TMOR), are used. Thus, our aimis to develop innovative materials from the fundamental understanding of morphologies, mechanisms and correlating models.


Bernd Wetzel

Research Director Materials Science & Manager Tailored Thermosets & Biomaterials

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

Economic Sectors Applications (Examples)
Automotive Tribologica coatings, Biobased foams
Aeronautics & Space Multifunctional matrices
Engineering and systems engineering Roller covers, slide bearings
Energy Toughened polymer matrices
Construction Durable reinforcements, Insulation foams

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
  • Further development of characterization methods

Materials and Questions

Typical Materials

  • Reactive systems, biobased materials, micro-/nanofillers, wood, fibers

Typical Questions

  • How can properties and processability of thermosets be improved without increase of costs?
  • 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

  • Popov, V.

    Quantifizierung von Defekten in endlosfaserverstärkten Kunststoffen mit Hilfe der Amplituden- und Phaseninformationen im Rahmen der aktiven und passiven Thermografie

  • Klingler, A.

    Morphology and Fracture of Block Copolymer and Core-Shell Rubber Particle Modified Epoxies and their Carbon Fibre Reinforced Composites

  • 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"

    SUSAAN - SUStainable Antimicrobial and Antiviral Nanocoating
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    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


    Preparation and characterization of bionanocomposite films based on wheat starch and reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals


    Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Basalt Fibre Reinforced Polymer Lamellas for Renovation of Concrete Structures


    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


    Chemically Functionalized Cellulose Nanocrystals as Reactive Filler in Bio-Based Polyurethane Foams


    Temperature-rate induced polymerization and phase separation of block copolymer toughened polymer composites


    Simultaneous access to different types of volume changes and the degree of cure during isothermal polymerization of polymer networks

    doi: 10.3144/expresspolymlett.2022.87

    Eco-friendly and Sustainable Processing of Wood Based Materials

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


    Reactive Layer Assembly Sustains an Interlocked Structure in Green
    Processed and Scalable High-Performance Layered Wood


    On volume changes during homopolymerization of polymer networks
    accessed via “Temperature modulated optical refractometry”


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


    Low velocity impact resistance of thin and toughened carbon fibre reinforced epoxy


    Significance of nickel particles on reducing friction and wear of polyimide subjected to harsh boundary lubrication conditions