Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung

MPIP ranks among the top research centres in the field of polymer science worldwide. In 2019 a total of 520 people were working at the MPIP

The workforce was composed of 100 scientists and directors, about 50 postdocs, 190 doctoral students, 40 diploma students and auxiliary staff, and 130 technical and administrative staff. The focus on so-called soft materials and macro-molecular materials has resulted in the worldwide unique position of the MPIP and its research focus. The MPIP offers ideal conditions for conducting outstanding research. The institute combines all the necessary specialized expertise – from the creative design of new materials, from their synthesis in the lab to their physical characterization as well as the theoretical understanding of polymer characteristics. The institute is focused on basic scientific research in the field of polymers and has defined six focus topics: Multiscale Challenges, Proteins at Interfaces, Non-equilibrium Structure Formation, Water at Interfaces, Defect Engineering and Nanomaterials in Medicine. There is strong interaction between the different departments working on these interdisciplinary research topics.

The Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research will contribute to the project with expertise in surface functionalization of colloidal nanomaterials and characterization of nanomaterials in diverse biological media.


Dr. Svenja Morsbach

Group leader Polymer Analysis Group, Department of Physical Chemistry of Polymers. | Development of functionalization strategies of extracellular vesicles and their physico-chemical characterization here at MPIP.

Dr. Katharina Landfester

Director of Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP) | Augmented targeting of EVs to cells.

Prof. Dr. Med. Volker Mailänder

Full professorship | Manipulate exosomes and evaluate the loading of the exosomes.

Dr. Ana Mateos

Postdoc researcher in the Polymer Analysis Group of the Department of Physical Chemistry of Polymers | Her work focuses on the surface functionalization of extracellular vesicles