The team of Laboratory for Characterisation and Processing of Polymers performs extended polymer analyses, with the accent on fibre forming polymers. Special attention is given to the study of structural parameters, surface characterization (surface morphology, chemistry and interaction ability), modification and functionalization of polymers and polymeric materials (fibres/foils/films) as well as to optimization of new and ecologically friendly processes. A wide range of possibilities for sample preparation, depending on the desired application and the cellulosic starting material are used.
Accordingly, development of bioactive polymeric materials used in medical sector and functionalized biodegradable polymeric materials used in packaging industry, paper industry, textile industry and others are our research target recently.
Some of our research topics:
- Surface modification and characterization of different polymeric solid materials (model films, folis, fibres); main focus on cellulose its derivatives, hemicelluloses, chitosan, alginate and some others,
- Polysaccharides and PET model films structuring and surface analysis of its applicability for different application
- Synthesis and analysis of cellulose nano particles and their application in surface modification of PS fibres and foils
- Development of antimicrobial surfaces; Ag NP / cellulose in situ synthesis and its characterization; chitosan NP in situ synthesis and its characterization
- Synthesis of stable colloidal dispersions of magnetic iron oxide particles/ferrofluids; in-situ formation of magnetic nano-particles in polysaccharide solutions (carboxymethyl cellulose, starch); fabrication of magnetic fibrous composite materials
- Polysaccharides wound dressings and antithrombogenetic applications; modification, in vitro characterization; drug release from different PS matrices
- Immobilization of functional bio molecules (DNA/proteins) on cellulose model surfaces
- Research on sustainable textile and pulp fibers
FUNCTIONAL POLYSACCHARIDE MATERIALS development represents one of our RESEARCH TOPICS OF SPECIAL INTEREST as following: