Dutch Polymer Institute

Logo Dutch Polymer InstituteThe Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI; www.polymers.nl) is a public-private partnership performing pre-competitive research into polymers and their applications, linking scientific knowledge to the industrial need for innovation. The annual research budget amounts approximately 18 million € per annum. This results in added value for universities in the form of scientific publications and for companies in the shape of intellectual property. Currently 30 international companies in polymer science and engineering and 44 knowledge institutes, throughout the world, are committed partner of DPI. Some 250 researchers (PhDs and Post-Docs) are currently involved in DPI projects at knowledge institutes supported by some 350 industrial contact persons. DPI is a virtual institute without own research facilities, but the EU project researchers can make use of the extensive expertise available at DPI affiliated knowledge institutes. In addition, DPI employs high quality research criteria to its granted projects, which are subject to an annual peer review by an independent review panel (Scientific Reference Committee) consisting of four internationally renowned scientists in the field of polymers. The high quality of the research is acknowledged by an ever increasing average impact factor of publication output, which amounted 4.5 in 2010, and an ever increasing citation impact factor of 2.19 for 2009. Last but not least, the affiliated knowledge institutes have state of the art characterisation equipment for polymer science and engineering.

The following international companies in polymer science and engineering are current member of the DPI paying an minimum annual fee of 55 kEURO with a contract period of at least four years: AkzoNobel, BASF, Bayer, Borealis, Braskem, Chemspeed Technologies, Dow, DSM, Energy Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), Evonik, Exxon Mobil, Food and Biobased Research Wageningen UR, Forschungsgesellschaft Kunststoffe, Freeslate, FrieslandCampina, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) Taiwan, LyondellBasell, Merck, Michelin, Nano Technology Instruments (NTI), Petrobras, Philips, Sabic, Shell, SinoPac, SKF, Solvay, Teijin Aramid, Ticona and TNO.