26th - 28th of October 2023

Ronja Bodesheimer, Sascha Putzke and Dr. Cordelia Zimmerer visited Hübner-KTB Oberflächentechnik GmbH in Kaufbeuren, Germany

The visit focused on discussion about basics and technology aspects of electroplating with special regard to mass production. Understanding the entire electroplating process from the industrial point of view is essential for the transfer of laboratory-scale experiments to industrial-scale application. The new plastic metallization strategy - chromium free and bioinspired - by Dr. Zimmerer and her group was raised from scientific research level to a technical environment. The results are highly promising!

Many thanks to Martin Groß, Rosemarie Kuzaj and managing director Dr. Carsten Brockmann for two very informative and interesting days!



11th - 12th of October 2023

The 2nd Symposium on Polydopamine took place at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. We were pleased that “InsBIOration” project partners from Romania, Finland and Germany participated. The invited presenters were from non-academic Institute INCDTIM in Romania, from the University of Turku, Finland, and the research group of Dr. Cordelia Zimmerer from IPF Dresden. A conference with interesting lectures, intensive exchange and appealing posters! We are looking forward to the next symposium on Polydopamine.



21th of August – 1st of September 2023

Dr. Alexandrina Nan and Dr. Anca Petran from INCDTIM, Romania, visited IPF Dresden as guest scientists.

The host institution in Romania, INCDTIM, is specialized on the synthesis of Polydopamine analogues and the evaluation of their potential in comparison to polydopamine. Analytical expertise’s from IPF Dresden were bundled under supervision of Dr. Frank Simon and Dr. Cordelia Zimmerer to investigate structural properties and reaction behavior of the Polydopamine analogues. Of particular interest was the investigation of the deposition abilities and parameters on different plastic surfaces. The potential of analogues for metallizing plastics was successfully screened.



30th of June 2023

We were delighted to take part in the Dresden Science Night at the IPF Dresden. Under the motto HappyMetal - from hormone to chrome, we presented the nature concepts for polymer metallization as part of our international scientific project “InsBIOration” under the coordination of Dr. Cordelia Zimmerer.



11th of January 2023

In close cooperation between the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research e.V. (IPF) and the company Tantec another technological level in the project "InsBioration" could be jumped to! With the advanced VacuTEC2020 - vacuum plasma unit, the researchers at the IPF can break new grounds in surface treatment. With three industrial gas inlets in combination with advanced high-performance components, new standards in the surface treatment of plastics and other materials can be realized.
An advantage of plasma treatment is the substitution of environmentally hazardous substances, which are preferred in the current state of the art in plastics pre-treatment for metallisation and surface modification.

VacuTEC2020 with the responsible researchers in the InsBioration project. (From Left to Right: Dr. Frank Simon, Ronja Bodesheimer, Sascha Putzke, Dr. Astrid Drechsler, Moritz Reinhardt, Dr. Cordelia Zimmerer

19th - 26th of October 2022

We would like to thank the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research Dresden for the opportunity to present our InsBIOration project at K2022 in Düsseldorf.The world's No. 1 trade fair for plastics and rubber takes place every three years and this time was dedicated to current topics such as the circular economy, climate protection and digitalisation.

27th - 28th of September 2022

The kick-off meeting of the Call 2021 project InsBIOration took place on 27-28 September 2022 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Many thanks for the warm welcome by the hosts Dr. Claudiu Filip and Dr. Jürgen Liebscher from the National Institute for R&D of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies and the excellent tour by their team. We would also like to thank all participants, both on-site and online, for the productive exchange through presentations and discussions.

Many thanks to all partners!

September 2022

InsBioration kick-off meeting will be held on 27th - 28th of September 2022 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. We are looking forward to it!

June 2022

Starting by June 2022, InsBIOration is one out of 151 funded projects in total and of 16 projects on the topic of Innovative surfaces, coatings and interfaces. By June 2021, 493 pre-proposals had been submitted to the M-ERA.NET CALL 2021, requesting 403 Mio EUR funding in total. 174 pre-proposals had passed the evaluation by the M-ERA.NET committee and were recommended for full-proposal submission. 171 full-proposals had finally been submitted in November 2021.

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