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Postal address:

Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
PO Box 3148
55021 Mainz


Phone: (+49) (0)6131 379 246
Fax: (+49) (0)6131 379 340

Where to find me:

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Room 2.406
Ackermannweg 10 (south-west end of university campus)
55128 Mainz


by plane:
At Frankfurt airport (Frankfurt Rhein-Main) there are 2 railway stations (arriving by train). Trains to Mainz Hbf leave, either at the older regional (local) station in the basement ("level -1") of Terminal 1 (area "S"), or at the newer long-distance station, AirRail Terminal or area "T" (map). There is a direct access from Terminal 1 (Hall A, B, C) to the AirRail Terminal (level 3). From Terminal 2 (Hall D and E) both stations are reached via Terminal 1 (using Sky Line) or directly by a free shuttle bus. There is a Deutsche Bahn ("DB") counter at the ground level of Terminal 1 and at the top of the long-distance station, and a travel agency ("Reisebüro") at the arrival level of Hall B.
From the regional station direct local trains (RE and S-Bahn "S8" [ not "S9" *] with final destination Wiesbaden) frequently leave from track 3 for Mainz Hbf, which is reached in 21-26 minutes. You have to buy in advance a Verkehrsverbund ticket (at "RMV" vending machines) for € 5,00 (the code number for Mainz is 6500; don't take connections via Frankfurt Hbf). This ticket is good also for the local bus within Mainz. There is no possibility to buy tickets inside such trains and not having a valid ticket carries a € 60 fine. A detailled instruction on how to buy such a ticket can be found here.
[* S9 does not go to Mainz Hbf. If you have inadvertently entered such a train you can change trains (for Mainz Hbf) at "Rüsselsheim" or "Mainz-Bischofsheim" or you stay on until "Mainz-Kastel". Here, in front of that station (on the other side of the street) you can take a bus Nº 54, 55 or 68 - see below.]
From the long-distance station (track 6 and 7) non-stop IC/EC/ICE- trains take you to Mainz Hbf in less than 20 minutes. The regular fare is € 13,00 for ICE and € 9,00 for IC/EC trains, with appropriate reductions, if you hold a Bahncard. Tickets can be bought at "DB" vending machines and counters, or in the train at some additional charge. However, there is generally only one train per hour heading for Mainz Hbf (usually leaving 58 minutes past the hour, cf. timetable).

Note, there is another international airport, Frankfurt-Hahn (HHN), which is situated in the Hunsrück some 70 km west of Mainz. Between Mainz Hbf and that airport there are several direct bus connections (Flibco, Bohr); the travel time is 70 min, the fare is 13.50 €, or less, if booked online; (stops at bus stop 14 Terminal B or stop 17 Terminal A at the Hahn, and at bus stop N in front of Mainz Central Station). There is some information in German.

by train:
Your destination is Mainz Hauptbahnhof (Hbf) - see maps for the long distance and regional train connections. Inquire train schedules at DB Query Page

by long distance bus:
Recently, a net of long-distance bus connections has been established. Inquire schedules at Busverbindungen (in German). The long-distance bus stop has temporarily been moved to "Kaiser-Wilhelm-Ring" - take the main exit of Mainz Hauptbahnhof and go to the left.

by tram:
The new tram line Mainzelbahn is the most convenient way to go from the Central Railway Station (Hbf) to the Institute. You can take Nº 51 and 53 (terminus Lerchenberg - Hindemithstr.) and line Nº 59 (terminus Hochschule Mainz). You can enter Nº 51 and 59 at area A and Nº 53 at area L in front of the station building. If you leave the station by the rear (west) exit and walk 80 m slightly uphill to the bus/tram station "Hauptbahnhof West", you can enter all three tram lines (and some buses, see below) at the same place. You should leave the tram at "Hochschule Mainz" (area B) with MPI-P a 2 minutes' walk across Koblenzer Straße and Ackermannweg away. The full network of trams and buses in Mainz can be found here. The regular ticket is € 2.90, which can be bought from the bus driver or from the vending machine. The latter also offers a bundle of 5 single tickets ("Sammelkarte Mainz/Wiesbaden") for € 11.50. Alternatively there are all-day tickets (€ 5.80 for 1 and € 10.80 for up to 5 persons). The tickets are valid in the whole Mainz/Wiesbaden area. If you arrive with an RMV or RNN Verkehrsverbund ticket, no extra bus ticket is necessary; if you carry a long distance DB ticket with the addition 'Mainz+City', you are entitled to use buses and trams within Mainz to your final destination.

by local bus:
There is now a bus line Nº 9 running directly into the campus. Enter those buses at the Central Railway Station (Hbf) bus dearture area F and leave at Duesbergweg. This bus line does not operate during the University recess times (23.3. - 13.4. and 13.7. - 16.10.).
You can save money by using buses Nº 54, 55, 56, and 58 (destination Lerchenberg, Nieder-Olm, Wackernheim or Finthen) up to "Friedrich-von-Pfeiffer-Weg". Up to that stop, a "Kurzstreckenfahrschein" for € 1.90 is sufficient. However, you have to cross the Saartraße via the pedestrian bridge and walk across the university campus for about 10 minutes. At the Central Railway Station (Hbf) you can enter these buses either (using the front exit) at bus dearture area F or using the rear (west) exit walking 80 m slightly uphill to the bus/tram station Hauptbahnhof West. Here you can also enter buses Nº 75 (destination Schwabenheim/Ingelheim) and Nº 650 (destination Sprendlingen) stopping at "Hochschule Mainz / Campusbruecke" (area E), where, after crossing the Koblenzer Straße via the bridge, you will find MPI-P to the right.

by car:
Leave Autobahn A60 (regional map [71 kB]) either at exit Mainz-Finthen / Saarstraße or Mainz-Lerchenberg (local map [86 kB]) with direction "Innenstadt" (downtown), then follow "Universität" and "MPI-Polymerforschung" signs into Ackermannweg and turn left for the parking lot - see parking map. For GPS-guided navigation the coordinates are 49.98932 (north) and 8.23006 (east).

by taxi:
The fare from Mainz Hauptbahnhof is approximately € 14. Make sure that the taxi-driver brings you to the "Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung", which is just outside the university campus, and not to the "Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie" (which is accessed via the university gate). Close to the Staudinger Lecture Hall there is a special area at Ackermannweg for taxi pick-up or drop-off (see parking map).


science For complex fluids (e.g. condensed systems with broken symmetries and/or additional internal slowly relaxing degrees of freedom) a phenomenological, macroscopic description for the long-time and large-scale dynamics is derived using general symmetry and invariance principles as well as basic thermodynamic laws. Due to their internal structure novel crosscouplings and unusual effects in external fields or near phase transitions are found. The macroscopic dynamic equations are used to investigate instabilities and pattern formation, defects and their motion, and surface dynamics. Among the systems and topics investigated more recently are banana and tetrahedral liquid crystal phases, Lehmann effects, active polar and non-polar fluids, magnetic and liquid crystalline elastomers, magnetic and colloidal fluids, Rosensweig instability, Marangoni and Soret effects, non-Newtonian hydrodynamics, thermal and magnetic convection, localized dissipative structures, solitons, breathers, and chaotic structures.

===== > for details and papers see the scientific project page

===== > 24th International Liquid Crystal Conference 2012, in Mainz

===== > Nonlinear Response and Non-Equilibrium Dynamics of Anisotropic Systems 2012, in Mainz (Japanese - German Satellite Meeting of ILCC2012 within the JSPS core-to-core program)

===== > Minisymposium on the occasion of my official retirement: Complex Fluids and Soft Matter Physics 2013, in Mainz

===== > K. Kremer Festschrift: Eur. Phys. J. ST 225(8/9) (2016), Editorial [71 kB]


Harald Pleiner got his Physik Diploma at the University Stuttgart in 1974 with a diploma thesis on the role of nonlinear fluctuations at the Bénard instability. He finished his doctoral thesis on the hydrodynamics of the superfluid phases of ³He in 1977 at the University Essen (with R. Graham). Habilitation in theoretical physics was granted by the University Essen in 1983 for work on broken symmetries and hydrodynamics of liquid crystals. As a Heisenberg fellow he went abroad for several years staying at the Lab. Physique des Solides, Orsay (M. Kleman), Dept. of Physics, CU Boulder (N.A. Clark), and ITP and Materials Dept., UC Santa Barbara (P.A. Pincus ). In Germany he worked as a substitute professor for theoretical physics teaching at the Universities Essen and Augsburg. In 1992 he was appointed apl. Professor by the University Essen. He joined the new Theory Group (K. Kremer) at the MPI for Polymer Research in 1995 as a senior scientific staff member. He retired officially on May 31, 2013.


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-- preprints of the theory group

-- Instabilities and Active Matter,
-- Banana and Tetrahedral Phases,
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