Polymers are a remarkably versatile materials class that pervades our life in a variety of applications. JGU and MPI-P are internationally recognized leading centers in polymer research, encompassing polymer theory, synthesis and structure formation. Research at MAINZ comprises the synthesis of polymer materials and the investigation and tailoring of their properties. This research provides a toolbox for designing materials from the molecular level to the micrometer scale with a desired Function-through-Structure. Exciting new research fields are being developed based on new materials, such as nanographene with tailored electronic and magnetic properties linking to the research area of Correlated Matter. The synthesis of functional polymeric particles and polymers for surface functionalization as well as bio-compatible and bio-degradable polymers is a research focus providing links to the research areas Hybrid Structures and Bio-Related Materials.