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After his university studies in Physics and earning his Ph.D. degree (Dr.-Ing.) to the depart- ment of Mechanical Engineering in Kassel (supervisor Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ehrenstein) in 1987, Volker Altstädt worked as group leader in the Department of Polymer Physics under the Pol- ymer Research Division of BASF AG in Ludwigshafen for eight years. Since 1995 he has been a Full Professor for Polymers in Mechanical Engineering and head of the Department of Polymers and Polymer Composites at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, Ger- many. Since October 2000, Volker Altstädt is Full Professor of the Department of Polymer Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering (ING.) at the University of Bayreuth. Furthermore, since 2009 he is CEO of Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH, a Bavarian state R&D-institution in the field of materials and processes for polymers, composites and metals.
The research group of Volker Altstädt is dedicated to scientific and industrial oriented re- search in the area of polymeric materials, establishing a connection between the natural sci- ences and engineering technology. Emphasis is placed on the interdisciplinary cooperation among the scientists, bringing together the disciplines of chemistry, physics, chemical engi- neering and mechanical engineering. Research activities of Volker Altstädt’s group focus on polymer foams, polymer composites and nanocomposites, polymer blends and compatibiliza- tion, resin systems and flame protection, special injection molding techniques, with the pri- mary goal of determining the structure-properties relationships and tailoring polymeric mate- rials for specific requirements.