Our research profile

The research and development of new technologies for processing innovative materials forms the basis for the technological developments of tomorrow. In Germany, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia holds the number one position in materials research, with Aachen as the most important research location. Embedded in the research landscape of RWTH Aachen University, IKV has, for more than six decades, formed the bridgehead between basic university research and industrial application. The linking-up of science and industry is at the heart of IKV research.

IKV is divided into six departments, with more than 80 scientists working continuously on various application-related, technological and material science projects in the field of plastics. 

The research network at IKV

On the research side, IKV is part of numerous networks and cooperation projects, one of which is the Cluster of Excellence, "Integrative Production Technology for High-wage Countries", which has been ongoing for the last 10 years and is dedicated to the development of integrated and flexible production systems. Over and above this, IKV is a member of various technical committees, scientific work groups and advisory boards. It also acts as an expert and independent consultant for various ministries and research communities, for example in the WAK (Scientific Alliance of Polymer Professors) and WAW. 

Through its exceptional organisation and infrastructure, IKV is in the unique position of being able to quickly assimilate different industrial needs, to translate them specifically into research topics and to address them in pre-competitive, application-oriented cooperation projects.

Dr.-Ing. Torben Fischer, Chief Engineer at IKV

Dr.-Ing. Torben Fischer

Deputy Director of the Institute Chief Engineer +49 241 80-93823 sekretariat@ikv.rwth-aachen.de

Selected research projects at IKV

Foam MRS reactor

Foam MRS reactor

The aim of the project is to develop a reactor for the decoupled reactive modification of plastics for integration into the foam extrusion process.

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KuMag

KuMag

The aim of this cooperation project is to develop hybrid plastic/magnesium compounds to reduce the total weight of plastic/metal hybrid parts.

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LightWeightTankMat

LightWeightTankMat

This project involves the development of an innovative lightweight multi-material product based on fibre-reinforced thermoplastics.

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Self-optimising injection moulding

Self-optimising injection moulding

The aim of the research project is to develop an injection moulding process that adjusts to the present production conditions.

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