Welcome to

POLY-CHAR [Halle | Siegen] 2022        

May 22, 2022 to May 25, 2022                               

Together with the worldwide POLY-CHAR community we were able to welcome in May 2022 more than 100 participants for the annual International Polymer Characterization Forum with associated 1 day short course. In addition to POLY-CHAR’s traditional focus on Polymer synthesis, characterization and application, a particular focus of this conference was be laid on (i) Circular economy of polymers and sustainable applications as well as (ii) Polymers for biomedical applications.

To ensure unrestricted worldwide participation in times of global uncertainty regarding travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic POLY-CHAR [Halle | Siegen] 2022 was organized as live digital event. The high quality of the contributions and lively discussions showed that the POLY-CHAR community made it well through the pandemic and looks forward to meet in January 2023 in Auckland (New Zealand).

Sven Henning (Halle, Germany)  &   Holger Schönherr (Siegen, Germany)

POLY-CHAR [Auckland] 2023, 22 January – Thursday 26 January 2023 , https://www.poly-char2023.org/





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Papers presented at POLY-CHAR [HALLE | SIEGEN] 2022 can be submitted for publication (following rigorous peer review) in a Special issue of Macromolecular Symposia (Macromolecular Symposia - Wiley Online Library) devoted to the conference. This issue is edited by Dr. Sven Henning, Dr. Ralf Lach and Prof. Dr. Holger Schönherr.

The ScholarOne manuscript submission system is now open for submission at: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/masy. You can submit your article selecting POLY-CHAR 2022. All participants have been informed about the invitation by e-mail. For preparing the paper, please consult and adhere to the author guidelines and use the attached template (which can be also found at the link https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/15213900/homepage/2265_authors.html).

Additionally, selected conference papers will be published in Pure and Applied Chemistry (Pure and Applied Chemistry (degruyter.com)



May 22, 2022   Short Course on Polymer Characterization

May 23, 2022  Opening of Conference

  Keynote lectures, parallel sessions

May 24, 2022  Keynote lectures, parallel sessions

  Poster session

May 25, 2022  Keynote lectures, parallel sessions 

  Awards ceremony

  Introduction to POLY-CHAR [Auckland] 2023

  Closure of conference & farewell 


POLY-CHAR International Polymer Characterization Forum

The idea behind POLY-CHAR [Halle|Siegen] 2022 is to provide an opportunity to bring together scientists and technologists from different areas of polymer science.

Special attention is laid on two guiding themes of the meeting:

     Polymers and the Environment: Circular Economy

     Polymers for Health / Biomedical Materials

The symposium's topics concomitantly include:     Polymer Synthesis,    Polymer Characterization,    Polymer Physics, Theory and Simulations,    Circular Economy of Polymers and Sustainable Applications,    Polymers for Biomedical Applications: Biopolymers, Biomedical Materials and Biotechnology,    Biopolymers in Nutrition and Health,    Elastomers and Amorphous Materials,    Nanomaterials and Smart Materials,    Economics of Polymeric Materials,    Mechanics of polymers,    Adhesives and Coatings,    Advanced Hybrid Materials etc.


POLY-CHAR [Halle | Siegen] 2022 

Prof. Dr. Zhenan Bao, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, US     confirmed

Prof. Dr. Katharina Landfester, Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung Mainz, Germany     confirmed

Prof. Dr. Harm-Anton Klok, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland     confirmed

Prof. Dr. Archana Bhaw-Luximon, Center for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research (CBBR), Réduit, Mauritius     confirmed

Prof. Dr. Mehrdad Negahban, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA     confirmed


Confirmed invited speakers


Dr. Nowsheen Goonoo, Center for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research (CBBR), Réduit, Mauritius

Prof. Dr. Sedat Nizamoğlu, Koç University, Turkey

Dr. S. N. Aisyiyah Jenie, Research Centre for Chemistry, Indonesian Instute of Sciences, Indonesia

Dr. Mareike Müller, University of Siegen, Germany

Prof. Dr. Toby Jenkins, University of Bath, UK

Dr. Xiaoqiu Dou, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

Prof. Dr. Bo Song, Soochow University, China

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ertan Yildirim, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey

Dr. Rafał Poręba, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic 

Dr. Siyu Jiang, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao City, China

Dr. Ewa Tocha   DOW Chemical, Terneuzen, The Netherlands


Deadlines and registration


Abstract submission  closed.

Payment registration fee (regular)  30.04.2022

Delegate Category  Fee   (early bird)

Academia  250,00 €  (200,00 €)

Industry    250,00 €  (200,00 €)

Young scientists  150,00 €  (120,00 €)

Students       150,00 €  (120,00 €)

Scientists from 150,00 €   (120,00 €)

developing countries

Young scientists  75,00 €   (50,00 €)

and students from developing countries

Next Events

POLY-CHAR [Auckland] 2023



POLY-CHAR 2023 World Forum on Advanced Materials and “Short Course on Polymer Characterization” (postponed from 2021 & 2022)

January 22, 2023  to  January 27, 2023

The Annual Forum on Advanced Materials brings together professors, students and people from industry involved in theory, experiment and computer simulations under one roof to achieve systemic understanding of connections between structures, interactions, processing and properties in polymer materials science. This is a long-term activity, not aimed at temporary fashions.

From the very beginning one of the important aims of the conference is to give young scientists a forum to present their result and to meet with distinguished scientists from all over the world. The conference to set its mark in all parts of the work in order so that students and scientists from all parts of the world have a chance to participate at least occasionally.


Dr Jianyong Jin and A/P Duncan McGillivray

Organizing Chair of Poly-Char 2021

School of Chemical Sciences

Faculty of Science

The University of Auckland

Email: j.jin@auckland.ac.nz


International Advisory Board of POLY-CHAR [Halle|Siegen] 2022




Peter Mallon   South Africa

Shigeru Okamoto   Japan

Valerio Causin   Italy

Michael Hess   Germany & USA

Rameshwar Adhikari    Nepal

Jakub Sirc     Czech Republic

Alejandro J Müller  Spain & Venezuela

Chuanliang Feng  China

Araceli Flores  Spain

Chan Chin Han   Malaysia

Jean-Marc Saiter   France

Mehrdad Negahban   USA

Veena Chaudhari   India

Giselle Boiteux   France

Chunye Xu     China

Jianyong Jin   New Zealand

Marta Da Pian   Italy

Ewa Tocha    DOW Chemical, Terneuzen, The Netherlands

Local organizing committee of POLY-CHAR [Halle|Siegen] 2022



Dr. Marcus Schoßig, Geschäftsführer IPW Merseburg

Dr. Ralf Lach, IPW Merseburg

Prof. Dr. Mario Beiner, Fraunhofer IMWS

Prof. Dr. Peter Michel, Hochschule Merseburg, Fraunhofer IMWS und Sprecher Waste4Future

Dr. Lars Birlenbach, Physikalische Chemie I, Universität Siegen

Dipl.-Ing. Gregor Schulte, Physikalische Chemie I, Universität Siegen

Dr. Mareike Müller, Nachwuchsgruppenleiterin Biofunktionale Materialien für zelluläre und angewandte Mikrobiologie, Universität Siegen


1. Richard Robert Ernst Polymer Science Award for Young or Innovative Scientist

2. Jean-Marie Lehn Award for Senior Polymer Scientist

3. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Award for Polymer Science and Technology

4. Best Oral Presentations for Young Scientists

5. Best Oral Presentations for Students

6. Best Student Posters

7. IUPAC Awards for Best Student Posters

The prize committee is headed by Dr. Sven Henning (POLY-CHAR Vice president for awards), Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS, Germany.

For eligibility criteria and nominations, please see: https://poly-char.org/ 


POLY-CHAR (https://poly-char.org/) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization devoted to create a friendly environment to share information, organize student exchange and cooperation, to hold international meetings and to provide a platform in the field of Materials Science, in particular Polymer Characterization and Polymer Materials Science and Technology, for scientist from all over the word disregarding where they are from. An important goal of POLY-CHAR is to offer a forum for PhD students and young researchers to create their own scientific networks and experience a true scientific community. POLY-CHAR is rooted in polymer synthesis, characterization, processing, application, recycling, education and its environmental/social consequences.

JEAN-MARC SAITER  University of Rouen, France


HOLGER SCHÖNHERR  University of Siegen, Germany



SVEN HENNING  Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of VICE PRESIDENT FOR AWARDS  Materials and Systems IMWS, Germany


Past Events

Past Events:

POLY-CHAR [Kathmandu] 2019 



POLY-CHAR [Venice] 2020 (took place in 2021)





Under the auspices of 



Halle (Saale)

Information on Halle (Saale)

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Information for presenters

Conference format – Information for presenters

Access to sessions.

The assess links to the different sessions will be sent to all registered presenters and attendees in the digital book of abstracts latest one day before the start of the meeting by e-mail.

In case you meet difficulties, please contact us: emergency@poly-char2022.org. This address will be checked on the days of the conference, i.e. May 22 - 25.


The conference is all digital and you share your presentations live via a video platform. Internet access and an appropriate audio connection is hence required (video recommended, but not necessary). The final program with login information will be circulated to all appropriately registered participants latest one day before the start of the meeting.

1) Lectures (May 23-25)

The lectures will be given digitally using Zoom as a video platform. Please prepare your talks in powerpoint, pdf, or any format you think appropriate. You will run your talk live on your computer and share the screen and audio with the audience. Please adhere strictly to the maximum time allotted for your talk to enable meaningful discussions and synchronous parallel sessions. There will be options to test the screen sharing as well as video and audio before your session. Questions will asked via the chat function and will be asked by the session chair.

2) Posters (May 24)

The poster presenters are asked to prepare a 1 slide summary (to be made available in all breaks and parallel to all sessions during the conference). For the poster session a brief presentation (max. 5 slides) in powerpoint, pdf, or else is suggested. You will be assigned an individual video session to which participants can join the discussion work online live. There will be options to test the screen sharing as well as video and audio before your session.

3) Workshop (May 22)

The workshop lectures will be given digitally using Zoom as a video platform. Questions will asked via the chat function and will be asked by the session chair. The recorded workshop lectures will be available for streaming during the conference. The links will be sent to all registered presenters and attendees after the end of the workshop (May 22).


Further details will be communicated in due course. As mentioned above, the final program with login information will be circulated to all appropriately registered participants latest one day before the start of the meeting.


Contact for queries

Prof. Dr. Holger Schönherr (University of Siegen)

Dr. Sven Henning (Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS)