News & Events

Collaboration with an alumnus of the group

Dr Paul Bungu, a former PhD and Postdoc in the group, visits the SU Polymer Separation lab to continue the cordial relationship with the group.

Go Maties go!

The group had a wonderful sunny afternoon out to back the Stellenbosch University Rugby team playing in the Varsity Cup tournament

Easter Egg Painting

The group had an “EGGCELLENT” time together during Easter.

Welcome to Polymer Separation, Svenja!

Svenja joins the team at IPF Dresden for her Bachelor Thesis. A warm welcome to her in the icy ☃ conditions.

PostDoc at SU

Martin's Postdoc at Stellenbosch

Congratulations to Dr. M. Geisler who’s started his postdoc venture at the Polymer Separation Group’s Stellenbosch base.

Polymer Separation Christmas Safari!

It’s festive season and the Stellenbosch team caps a hard year of work with a leisurely Safari 🦒🦓😎 ahead of the holidays

SU Postgraduate Conference!

The Polymer Separation Group was well represented at the Stellenbosch University Postgraduate Conference.

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TOSOH PolyAnalysis Forum

We would like to draw your attention to the PolyAnalysis Forum on 30.November 2023 at the IPF Dresden.
This years forum is entitled Polymers of the Future: Spotlight on sustainable materials and biomedical applications.

Welcome to Stellenbosch, Upenyu & Andy!

Dr Muza visits Stellenbosch again, this time to introduce to the Thermal Field-Flow fractionation technique, Andy, a new MSc student in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam.

Webinar on AF4 by Dr. Susanne Boye

In case that you missed the last one, join us for a webinar on Tuesday, August 29 at 17:00 CEST. Dr. Susanne Boye will again present on applications of AF4 in the elucidation of complex nanostructures.

Register here.

Welcome to Stellenbosch, Petronella!

Welcome Petronella, wishing you a fruitful research stay!

Welcome to Stellenbosch, Robert!

We welcome Robert, a MSc student, who is joining our research group at our Stellenbosch University lab.

Mawande visits Dresden again!

Our IPF Dresden lab welcomes Mawande again. We wish you all the success for your visit at IPF, Dresden

Dresden Science Night

20 years on, the  Dresden Long Night of Science tradition persists- our research group had much success and fun, receiving over 1000 visitors at IPF, Dresden

Webinar on AF4 by Dr. Susanne Boye

Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, June 21 at 10:00 AM CEST. Dr. Susanne Boye will have a webinar on ‘Sophisticated Analysis of Complex Polymeric Nanostructures by AF4 with Multidetection’ 

Register here.

We are famous!

The Polymer Separation group was featured in an article published by the Faculty of Science at Stellenbosch University. Read more here.

ISPAC 2023 success!

We came, we saw, we conquered! 💪👏

It's ISPAC 2023 week!

This week we are 34th ISPAC conference in Stellenbosch, South Africa. This is the first ISPAC meeting on the African continent, and is proudly organised under the auspices of our Stellenbosch University, IPF Dresden and Polymer Separation group.

Welcome to Dresden Prof Mallon!

We are glad to host the research stay of Prof Mallon at the IPF Dresden. Peter is the head of the Dept. of Chemistry and Polymer Science at our Stellenbosch University lab.

SCM-10 Conference!

Great representation of the Polymer Separation Group at the SCM-10, the premier meeting on polymer analysis.

Kick off 2023 🌟!

🎶We are team Polymer Separation, mighty in separation science – put it some polymers, and we will separate them 🎶🥁

2023 here we go!

Season's greetings from Dresden!

Lighter moments at the Dresden Christmas Market 🎅🏼🎄 as we call it time on a good year. Happy holidays and a successful and joyous 2023!

Zahn Stanvliet, MSc!

Congrats on your outstanding achievement. Wishing you all the best for the future and all its challenges and opportunities.

Season's greetings from Stellenbosch!

The curtain closes on a good year at the Stellenbosch lab 🎬, and hope for a more prosperous year to come dawns ☀ 

Welcome to Dresden Viktor!

A warm welcome to Viktor, a PhD candidate at the UJEP, Czech Republic. He is visiting our research group to complement his studies- good luck!

Welcome to Dresden Anna-Lena!

Anna made a prompt visit from the University of Helsinki in Finland to get training on Asymmetric flow field flow fractionation from our experts. 

Dr Shamila Firdaus!

Congratulations are in order! 👏 Shamila successfully completed her PhD and will be confered her doctorate at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, TU Dresden.

Stellenbosch Group lunch at
Amazink Live

Taking a break from science – tools down 🛠, tables set 🥘🍽 glasses up 🍻 and Amazink is live… all smiles in sunny Stellenbosch!

3D4D2 meeting in Stellenbosch

Prof. Lederer and  Dr. Viktor in attendance at the first in-person 3D4D2 project meeting held in Stellenbosch, which was a big success.

Welcome to Stellenbosch Zanelle!

We wish Dr. Z. Viktor a fruitful visit to our research group at Stellenbosch University, RSA. Enjoy your stay!

Natalia attained her MSc degree!

A huge congratulations on your MSc degree. We wish you all the best with your future endeavours. 

Accolade: Dr Upenyu Muza's FFF2022 poster award,

We are excited to congratulate our own Dr Upenyu Muza on his Poster Award at the FFF2022 Conference in Riverside (CA, USA), and wish him continued success!

22nd International Symposium on Field- and Flow-Based Separations

Kudos to Susanne, Martin and Upenyu for representing our joint international research group well at this years FFF2022 Conference in Riverside (CA, USA)

Welcome to Dresden, Chelsea

Welcome to Chelsea, a PhD candidate in our research group at Stellenbosch UniversityGood luck with your research visit at IPF, Dresden.

Summer Garden Party

Our research group enjoyed a lovely summer afternoon in Dresden with a fun garden party. 

Welcome to Dresden, Petronella

Welcome to Petronella, a new PhD candidate in our joint research group at Stellenbosch University and IPF, DresdenWe wish you all the success with your studies

Dresden Long Night of Science

Our research group had a very successful and fun Dresden Long Night of Science, with over 1300 visitor at IPF, Dresden. 

EPF European Polymer Congress

Joshua, Shamila and Mawande did a great job in representing our joint international research group at this years EPF2022 conference held in Prague. 

Welcome to Dresden, Mawande

Welcome to Mawande, a PhD candidate in our research group at Stellenbosch University. We wish you all the success for your visit at IPF, Dresden

FFF International Symposium

Announcement of In-person International Symposium FFF 2022, September 11-14, 2022.

Click here to register 

Dr. Ndumiso Sibanda

Now it’s official: Ndumiso Sibanda was awarded at the Faculty of Science’s autumn graduation ceremony. Congratulations, Ndumiso!

Sasol-Chair at Sasol, South Africa

Prof. Albena Lederer, the Sasol-Chair in Analytical Polymer Science, was at Sasol in Sasolburg. Great thanks to our hosts and collaborators in Sasol.

Farewell Anthony

It is with mixed feelings that we say goodbye to you.
We wish you all the best for the next steps on your career path and a good start at SABIC!

Group Activity - Sunday Hike

Together we spent a great day. We enjoyed the first hours of spring on our hike in Saxon Switzerland to the Lilienstein.

Max obtained his MSc Degree!

Well done to Max, who delivered an excellent defense.  A huge congratulations on your MSc degree. We wish you all the success with your future endeavours. 

A warm welcome to Dresden, Joshua

We welcome Joshua, a PhD candidate, who is joining our research group at IPF. We wish you all the best with your PhD at IPF.

A visit to Stellenbosch for Dr. Muza

We wish Dr. Upenyu Muza a very successful visit at our research group in Stellenbosch. May it be a rewarding venture.  

welvome to Dresden, Zahn

A warm welcome to Zahn, a MSc candidate from our research group at Stellenbosch University. We wish you all the best with your research endeavours at IPF for the following 3 months.

Congratulations, Petronella!

A huge congratulations to Petronella who graduated her MSc Polymer Science degree cum laude. We are all very proud of your achievement, Petronella. 

group Activity - Hike

Our group of researchers were out and about enjoying the scenic Saxony-Switzerland hiking trail. Thank you team for a great hike. 

Farewell Christina

After 35 years at IPF, we are saying farewell to Christina. We wish her all the best and a wonderful retirement. 

Well done to Ndumiso and Petronella

Well done to Ndumiso (PhD) and Petronella (MSc) for delivering an excellent defense. 

What an achievement!

On 5 November, Dr. Laura Plüschke, Dr.Ron Dockhorn, Dr. Martin Geisler, Prof. Dr. Jens-Uwe Sommer, Prof. Dr. Albena Lederer were awarded the IPF Innovation prize for enabling key insights into the design of well-defined polyolefins using chain walking catalysis – theory meets experiment.

A huge congratulations to all!

The first virtual FFF symposium

Our young scientist were part of the organizing committee that contributed to making the first virtual FFF symposium a big success. The symposium was chaired by our own Dr. Susanne Boye.

Welcome to Dresden

A warm welcome to Ndumiso to IPF, Dresden. All the best with your research endeavours. 

Group Activity - Lunch

One of our favourite group activities – Lunch. A great fun day in the scenic Stellenbosch.

Group Activity - Hike

Our group were out and about enjoying the scenic hiking trail of Stellenbosch mountain. A beautiful sunset hike.