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Dr. Ing. Joachim Kaschta


Lehrstuhl für Polymerwerkstoffe

Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Martensstrasse 7, D-91058 Erlangen


Tel: +49 (0) 9131 85 - 27606

Fax: +49 (0) 9131 85 - 28321


In your daily work as an employee of an industrial company you will be faced with a wide range of issues. The Institute of Polymer Materials (LSP), in addition to its research and teaching duties, views itself as a competent development partner and service provider for industrial enterprises. We want to help you solve the industrial issues arising in your day-to-day business quickly, cost-effectively and purposefully with the existing know-how at our institute. We can offer you a solution especially tailored to your specific requirements. The results of our studies will be documented in the form of meaningful reports. To accomplish an effective solution to your needs, we have a diverse, modern portfolio of methods tailored to your query at our disposal, which may include the following:

  • Statistical data and process analysis

  • Development of processing windows for biaxial stretching operations

  • Second supplier identification and evaluation
  • Thermal analysis methods (DSC, TGA, DMTA)

  • IR and Raman spectroscopy for chemical analysis
  • Scanning electron microscopy
  • Rheological characterization with different types of rheometer in shear and elongation
  • Molecular analysis including molecular architecture using multidektektor GPC (light scattering, viscometry, IR and UV detection)
  • Compounding by twin-screw extruder with variable cylinder and screw geometry
  • Film production in blown and cast film process (chill-roll system)
  • Structure-property correlation of silicone breast implants
  • Surface analysis regarding roughness and surface free energy, e.g. for varnishing and bonding issues

This website is intended to provide guidance on how the Institute of Polymer Materials of the University Erlangen-Nuremberg with its employees and equipment can assist in solving your problems in the field of materials science of polymer materials. It can also be used as a reference to obtain an overview on the experimental equipment available. In all the above mentioned areas intensive research is being conducted, which is why we are able offer the state of the art in industrial solutions.


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Dirk W. Schubert has 10 years of personal experience in the industry in the areas of process optimization and patent management. In addition, he is an internationally recognized expert in the analysis of silicone breast implants.


Dr. Ing. Joachim Kaschta (Academic Director) is head of the "Molecular characterization and rheology" unit. He possesses extensive experience in the field and has led numerous collaborations with industry and academia on a range of topics.


The LSP team would be glad to be of assistance in your queries and are looking forward to hearing from you.