The chair of Elastomer Technology & Engineering (ETE) is developing innovative materials based on elastomers. Common ground of all research projects is sustainability. The research is focused on tires, e.g. the development of new filler systems, particular fillers as well as short fibers, for low rolling resistance and high wet grip. In cooperation with the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, ETE studies and develops tailored filler systems for natural rubber with the final aim to reduce the rolling resistance of truck tires.
The second main research area of ETE is Recycling. For different sources of elastomeric waste such as gloves, roof sheeting as well as passenger car tires, Devulcanization processes were developed and studies on the application of the devulcanizate were performed.