Current Research

Current Research Projects

  • Development and implementation of circular economy concepts in SMEs in the plastics sector
    Conventional plastics economy is mostly linear and is therefore closely linked to resource consumption and waste generation. An alternative concept is the circular economy (CE), which aims to reduce environmental pollution.
    Year: 2022
    Funding: Promotionsstipendium Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)
    Duration: 12/2022 to 11/2025
  • SkalAb: Multi-scale analysis of aquatic degradation mechanisms of polymeric materials
    Behind the project is the establishment of an extensive infrastructure for the examination of a multitude of open questions on the degradation behavior of polymeric materials in water, which IKK is currently investigating and will continue to do so in the future.
    Year: 2021
    Funding: EFRE, REACT-EU
    Duration: 12/2021 to 06/2023
  • TurbuStruk: Reduction of cooling times through turbulent flow in structured cooling channels of injection moulds
    In the future, cooling channel structures are to ensure more efficient molds and more precise and faster process control in injection molding. Within the framework of the „Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand“ (Central Innovation Program for SMEs), or ZIM Guideline for short, Konstruktionsbüro Hein GmbH (KB Hein), the IfW - Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Machine Tools and the IKK - Institute for Plastics and Recycling Technology, both institutes of Leibniz University, are working together on this development.
    Year: 2022
    Duration: 03/2024