Dr. Daniel Zehm

Dr. Daniel Zehm is Head of the Research Department "Circular Additives and Compounds". His research focuses on the production of thermoplastic elastomers. Find out more about his work and his highlights at Fraunhofer CCPE here.

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What do you focus on at Fraunhofer CCPE? What creative ideas are you currently pursuing in your research area?

I am involved in the production of thermoplastic elastomers made from renewable carbon. This carbon can come from biomass or chemical recycling.

Do you have a specific project example? Why is this relevant for industry and society?

We will be able to fully close the loop on plastics in the foreseeable future – and in many areas, we already do – but we will not be able to meet the entire demand with recycled plastics. Therefore, we need additional sources of carbon, such as biomass. And that's what we're working on for thermoplastic elastomers.

What has been your highlight so far at Fraunhofer CCPE?

The development of biobased thermoplastic elastomers was a major success. However, many questions remain unanswered to produce the new material according to specific demands from industry.

What defines your work?

My work is incredibly varied. And that's demanding but also enjoyable.

What does your typical workday look like?

No day is the same. It's usually a mix of office work, laboratory work, pilot plant work, and PR work. And special stuff for CCPE.

What do you wish for the future of Fraunhofer CCPE?

That it continues to be successful. It's a great place!

What invention in the circular plastics economy area do you personally hope for?

It's not just one single invention that the circular plastics economy needs. It requires acceptance and willingness in society, I think. It requires education. And CCPE contributes to that.

What fascinates you about your work at Fraunhofer CCPE?

CCPE covers the value chain almost completely. Many people, many topics. Every week you learn something new. That it worked well – and still is – is a great story.

Further informations


Research Department »Circular Additives and Compounds«


Next generation thermoplastic polyester elastomers


PBS as a biodegradable polyolefin substitute