Volker Altstädt
Adjunct Professor

Since 1st of October 2000, Professor Dr.-Ing. Volker Altstädt is full professor at the Department of Polymer Engineering at the Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences (FAN) of the University of Bayreuth. After his university studies in physics and Dr.-Ing. in 1987 with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ehrenstein at the department of Mechanical Engineering in Kassel, respectively, he worked as a group leader for 8 years in the Department of Polymer Physics under the Polymer Research Division of BASF AG in Ludwigshafen. Since 1995 Volker Altstädt 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, Germany.


Main Research Area

Cellular Polymers

Polymer composites and nanocomposites

Polymer blends and compatibilization

Fatigue behavior of polymers


Current Position

Full Professor (W3), Chair of Polymer Materials, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth (since 2000)

CEO of Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH, Bayreuth (since 2009)

Department head Polymer Engineering of TuTech Innovation GmbH, Hamburg (since 1998)



12/1981 M.S. - University of Kassel, Department of Experimental Physics, Kassel, Germany - (Dipl. Phys.)

04/1987 Ph.D. - University of Kassel, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kassel, Germany - (Dr.-Ing.)


Professional Experience

03/1982 - 04/1987 Research Scientist, University of Kassel, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kassel, Germany

01/1984 - 04/1985 Research Scientist, Daimler Benz AG, Department for Materials Engineering, Stuttgart, Germany

05/1987 - 12/1991 Research Scientist, BASF AG, Polymer Research Division, Department for Polymer Composites, Ludwigshafen, Germany

01/1992 - 09/1995 Group Leader, BASF AG, Polymer Research Division, Department for Polymer Physics, Ludwigshafen, Germany

04/1992 - 09/1995 Lecturer for “Composite Testing”, University of Kaiserslautern, Institute of Composites

10/1995 - 09/2000 Full Professor for “Polymers in Mechanical Engineering” and Director of the Department for Polymers and Polymer Composites, Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, Germany


Professional Membership

Since 2019, Adjunct Professor at the School of System Design and Intelligent Manufacturing, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

Since 2013, Managing Board “University of Bayreuth Graduate School”

Since 2013, Adjunct Professor at XI’AN Jiaotong University, China

Since 2012, Elected Member of acatech (NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING)

Since 2009, Member of the direction panel of the DFG-SFB 840

Since 2008, Advisory Board “Journal of Cellular Plastics“

Since 2006, Advisory Board “Cluster New Materials” within the “Alliance Bavaria Innovative”

Since 2006, Advisory Board “EPP-Forum e.V. Bayreuth”

Since 2005, Advisory Board Journal “Polymers & Polymer Composites”

Since 2005, International Representative of PPS (Polymer Processing Society)

Since 2005, Member of the Jury of the “Quadrant Award”


Since 2004, Member of “Bayreuther Institut für Makromolekülforschung” (BIMF)

Since 2002, Member of the Jury of the “Rehau Award Technology”

Since 1988, Member of the IUPAC Subcommittee on “Structure and Properties of Commercial Polymers”