Those who want to make real progress in the area of material development need knowledge that extends beyond just one single research discipline. That’s why, at the DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, researchers study different disciplines together and under one roof and work as interdisciplinary teams to develop new active and interactive materials.

For the development of interactive materials, the DWI - Leibniz Institute has adopted an organizational structure aimed at promoting the convergence of different disciplines. Scientists from the disciplines of macromolecular chemistry and polymer science, chemical engineering, physics and biotechnology pursue scientific questions in jointly coordinated projects. The participating scientists combine expertise ranging from chemical synthesis, microfluidic systems engineering and biotechnology to simulation and theoretical analysis of material functions, as required to identify the smart structures in whose composition new and advanced functions are encoded.

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Interactive Materials

New materials are the key to the development of forward-looking technologies. In this context, we are facing a central challenge in modern materials research.

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Research Groups

Here you will find an overview of the Research Groups at DWI.