Knowledge Transfer

It is especially important to the DWI scientists that their research concretely benefits people. Against this backdrop, the DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials combines fundamental research together with precompetitive application-oriented research.

The combination of fundamental- and application-oriented research enables the timely translation of knowledge of the molecular and supramolecular-oriented sciences into applications involving complex materials and material systems of the engineering sciences. With respect to their relevance and usability for applications, fundamental questions are evaluated and incorporated into concepts for the translation research early on. The collaboration in concrete translation- or transfer projects is an important link between the individual researchers and the various work groups at the DWI. The application-oriented research often occurs in close cooperation with companies (in particular, also SMEs). To promote this, the DWI— Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials maintains a pronounced network with companies and other research institutions, that are represented, among others, in the advisory committees of the DWI – Leibniz Institute. Besides publications, the DWI – Leibniz Institute uses the support of spin-offs and the granting of licensing rights to advance the transfer into competitive developments.

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Developing and implementing interactive materials cannot be done in an ‘ivory tower’. Thus, in many research projects, the scientists of the DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials are cooperating with universities and other research institutes and companies in Germany and throughout the world.