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Welcome to Polymer Science
Polymer science is an interdisciplinary area comprised of chemical, physical, engineering, processing and theoretical aspects. It also has enormous impact on contemporary materials science. Its goal is to provide the basis for the creation and characterization of polymeric materials and an understanding for structure/property relationships. Polymer science is of increasing importance for everyone's daily life. Many modern functional materials, gears, and devices have polymers as integral parts. Not surprisingly, roughly 30% of all scientists in the chemical industry work in the field of polymers. Despite its importance today and potential for future economic growth, there is no adequate university-level study program for polymer science in Germany.
The Berlin-Brandenburg Polymer Society (Berlin-Brandenburgischer Verband für Polymerforschung e.V.) became aware of this misbalance and initiated a two-year Master of Science polymer program, which started in the winter semester of 1999/2000. It was jointly designed by polymer scientists of the three Berlin universities, Free University Berlin (FU), Humboldt University Berlin (HU), Technical University Berlin (TU) and the nearby University of Potsdam (UP) with the goal in mind to be competitive with renowned polymer centers abroad. To make it more attractive to foreign students the program is in English.
This challenging interdisciplinary program benefits from the close proximity of several other Berlin and Potsdam scientific centers such as the institutes of the Max Planck, Fraunhofer, and Helmholtz Societies, as well as the BESSY II synchrotron. The universities are very well equipped with the most state-of-the-art technical equipment and laboratories, specialty work shops, large service units, and modern computer facilities. The work of the polymer scientists in charge of the Polymer Science program is internationally renowned and endowed by industry, state, and private grants and awards.
Master of Polymer Science Program of the Free University Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin, Technical University Berlin and University Potsdam.
- qualified Bachelor of Science
- competency in English
Starting dates: October 1 / April 1
1st Year - Basic Polymer Science:
- Polymer Chemistry/Synthesis (FU Berlin)
- Polymer Physics/Characterization (HU Berlin)
- Polymer Engineering/Processing (TU Berlin)
- Polymer Properties/Colloids (U Potsdam)
2nd Year - Advanced Polymer Science
- In-depth courses and lab work in a special discipline (essentially at one of the four universities)
- Master thesis at the same university
- M.Sc. in Polymer Science Degree (granted jointly by the four universities)
Total of 120 ECTS credit points (including thesis).
Possibility to continue within a PhD program.
The Joint Comission of the M.Sc. Polymer Science program plays the role of a faculty. It consists of the following members:
Rainer Haag, Professor Christoph Tzschucke, Professor, Examination Committee (substitute) Wiebke Fischer, Research Associate Jessica Elfrida, Student Deputy (substitute) Yuegi Yang, Student Deputy (substitute)
Jürgen P. Rabe, Professor, Deputy Head of Examination Committee Igor Sokolov, Professor Stefan Kirstein, Research Associate, Examination Committee Sabine Schönherr, Staff, Examination Committee
Dietmar Auhl, Professor Michael Gradzielski, Professor (substitute) Reinhard Schomäcker, Professor, Head of Joint Comission Frank Beuster, Research Associate
Reimund Gerhard, Professor (substitute) Svetlana Santer, Professor (substitute) Helmut Schlaad, Professor Joachim Koetz, Professor (substitute) André Laschewsky, Professor (substitute) Dieter Neher, Professor, Examination Committee Alejandro Martinez Guajardo, Student Deputy
Please send all inqueries to the joint office:
Joint Office of Ms. Sc. Polymer Science
Mrs. M. Bülth
Technische Universität Berlin
Institute of Chemistry, Stranski Lab
Secretariat TC9 Straße des 17. Juni 124 106239 Berlin Tel. +49-30-314-21544 Fax +49-30-314-26602 email: maria.buelth (at) tu-berlin.de
The Joint Comission appoints an Examination Committee from all participating universities. It consists of the following members:
Christoph Tzschucke, Professor, (substitute) Daniel Stoebener, Student
Jürgen P. Rabe, Professor, Head of Examination Committee Stefan Kirstein, Research Sabine Schönherr, Staff, Secretary
Dieter Neher, Professor, Examination Committee Carla Pinilla, Student (substitute)
Please send all inqueries to the examination office:
Examination Office of Ms. Sc. Polymer Science Prof. J.P. Rabe / Mrs. S. Schoenherr Humboldt Universität Berlin Institute of Physics Newtonstr. 15 12489 Berlin Tel. +49-30-2093-7788 Fax +49-30-2093-7632 email: sek.pmm (at) physik.hu-berlin.de
Freie Universtät Berlin (FU)
Humboldt-Universtät zu Berlin (HU)
Examination Committee Head
Technische Universtät Berlin (TU)
Joint Comission Head
- The Free University is located in the green, culturally interesting residential area of Dahlem with many of its departments housed in either villas or specially built modern facilities.
- The Humboldt University has the added charm of being an integral part of Berlin's old historic center. The HU Berlin's Chemistry and Physics department is in Adlershof, a scientific park in the Southeast of Berlin.
- The Technical University is located in Tiergarten near Berlin's governmental district.
- The campus of the University of Potsdam is famous for its proximity to the beautiful palace grounds of Potsdam and Sanssouci.