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Support measures with EU funds

Construction of a small-scale autoclave reactor polymerisation plant

Objective: Synthesis and modification of different thermoplastic polymers by bulk polymerisation

Duration: 01.09.2018 until 30.04.2021

Funding reference: 2018 WIN 0007

This measure is financed with investment grants from the "European Regional Development Fund" (ERDF) 2014-2020.


Construction of an extrusion line for the production and further processing of T-NIPUs

Objective: Development of non-isocyanate-based polyurethanes (T-NIPUs) for hot-melt adhesives, lightweight foams and sustainable coatings

Duration: 01.02.2019 to 30.04.2020

Funding code: 2018 WIN 0006

This measure is financed with investment grants from the "European Regional Development Fund" (ERDF) 2014-2020.


Construction and establishment of a tri-component melt spinning plant

Objective: Production of functional filaments for applications in textile, medical, safety and manufacturing technology

Duration: 01.11.2019 to 30.11.2021

Funding code: 2019 WIN 0005

This measure is financed with investment grants from the "European Regional Development Fund" (ERDF) 2014-2020.


Expansion of the press technology options for processing thermoplastic high-performance polymers.

Objective: Innovative fiber composite materials and semi-finished products on a thermoplastic basis are to be developed and designed in such a way that applications in the manufacture of battery module housings in fiber composites are made possible and weight savings can be achieved compared to metal materials. The aim is to find sustainable solutions that enable recycling processes at the end of the component's life. Thermoset systems are being ruled out - the focus is increasingly on thermoplastic composites. Composites. For this purpose, it must be possible to process polymers with softening temperatures > 250°C in press processes.

Duration: 01.01.2020 to 30.06.2021

Funding code: 2019 WIN 0004

This measure is financed with investment grants from the "European Regional Development Fund" (ERDF) 2014-2020.


Work of a research group with scientific and technical staff

Aim: 3D printing of biocompatible cellulose molded bodies with complex structures - 3D-CellForm.

Duration: 01.04.2019 to 31.03.2022

Funding code: 2018 FGR 0075

Content: The aim of the research group is to produce biobased 3D molded bodies - consisting of unmodified cellulose. The materials should have excellent biocompatibility and find application as implants and artificial skin and tissue in medicine. 3D printing processes will be used to achieve a high level of detail. The innovative core of the planned basic research is that thermoplastic cellulose derivatives are used for 3D printing, which can be regenerated into cellulose. In this way, complex structures and thus personalized biomaterials can be generated in comparison to the conventional forming of cellulose.

The research and development work is divided into the following sub-aspects: Synthesis of thermoplastic cellulose derivatives, development of 3D printing processes, regeneration and property tuning of the cellulose moldings. Cellulose ester, silyl ether and mixed derivatives are produced by means of polymer-analogue chemical derivatisation. By varying the molecular structure, 3D-printable compounds with defined melting and solidification temperatures and tailor-made rheological properties are developed. A crucial scientific issue concerns the "regeneration" of the cellulose derivatives into cellulose moldings. Extensive investigations are being carried out on the elimination of the groups referred to below as "thermoplastic" substituents under different reaction conditions: acidic, basic, photochemical, aqueous, anhydrous.

The application potential of the new cellulose moldings is largely determined by a variety of physical, chemical and biological material properties, such as mechanical strength and dimensional stability, surface morphology, absorption and retention capacity of water and biological fluids, and interaction with cells. The aim of the project is therefore to investigate the influence of the molecular structure of the thermoplastic cellulose derivatives on the 3D printability, the regenerability and finally the material properties of the cellulose moldings by closely interlinking the individual sub-aspects. Structure-property relationships will be derived, which are the basis for an effective design of biocompatible cellulose 3D molded bodies.

This measure is funded by the Free State of Thuringia from the European Social Fund.


Support measures of the Free State of Thuringia

Promotion of research, technology and innovation

Objective: Construction and establishment of an SLS plant (selective laser melting) as well as an extrusion plant for the processing of functionalized silicone rubber

Duration: 15.03.2021 until 30.09.2021

Funding code: 2021 WIN 0010

This measure is financed with funds from the "R&D push" program of the Free State of Thuringia (based on the RTI guidelines).


Promotion of research, technology and innovation

Objective: Digitization of office, administrative and business processes at TITK; implementation of an integrated digitization concept with digital communication, networking, information management.

Duration: 15.03.2021 until 30.09.2021

Funding code: 2021 WID 0017

This measure is financed with funds from the "R&D push" program of the Free State of Thuringia (based on the RTI guidelines).