Founded in 1952 with a focus on keratin research and protein chemistry, the institute today focuses on the development of materials with active and adaptive properties. The capability for active adaptation and interactivity is one of the most profound challenges of today’s materials research and will ultimately lead to the evolution of structural via functional to intelligent materials. At DWI scientists with backgrounds in polymer sciences, biotechnology and chemical engineering closely collaborate on mastering this challenge.


DWI – Leibniz-Institut für Interaktive Materialien
Forckenbeckstraße 50
52074 Aachen
T +49 241 / 80 - 23 30 0

Director (actg.):
Prof. Andreas Herrmann

Commercial Director (actg.):
Sandra Schumann-Heitzer

Fabio Sentek