Fraunhofer ICT-IMM

The design and development of multifunctional polymer particles/capsules with defined chemical composition and controlled physical properties has been the focus of academic and industrial research in recent years. Especially in the biomedical field, the formulation of novel polymer-based encapsulation systems for the early-stage disease diagnostic, bioimaging and effective delivery of bioactive agents represent one of the most rapidly advancing areas of science.

In an effort to create particles with adjustable properties, such as size, shape, chemical composition, morphology, surface functionalization, it is essential and of immense interest to control the formulation process. Well-defined micro- and nanoparticles (capsules) in the size range from 50 nm to several micrometers can be formulated from a broad spectrum of synthetic/natural monomers and polymers by utilizing different engineering approaches. Particular attention is paid to the development of (bio-)macromolecules and nanoparticles with enhanced performance and functionalities tailored to the specific requirements of each application.

Our special expertise lies in the development of new polymeric materials and concepts for the synthesis of particles that react to external stimuli and are able to release the encapsulated payload in a controlled way and at the place of interest within a living organism.

In regard to the industrial production scale, it is also our ambition to provide economical high-throughput synthetic strategies enabling excellent product quality in the continuous production processes.