Laboratory for Characterization and Processing of Polymers (LCPP) is active within the Institute of Engineering Materials and Design at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor. Within the Institute, six well equipped laboratories enable research activities in a wide variety of newly developing sciences and technologies.

The Institutes` interdisciplinary research teams are involved or coordinate numerous international and national research projects and industrial R&D activities. Our full professors, associate and assistant professors, PhD and post-doctoral students as well as technicians are active within the LCPP.

LCPP is collaborating on national and international scientific and educational level within several organizations. LCPP is a member of:

Our team is active in common regional research activities among neighbouring Universities of the Styria region:

on the field of Functional Polysaccharide Materials development. Since this research is highly interdisciplinary, most of the activities in this field are performed in close cooperation with our national and international partners.

Fields of Experties

Polymer Interfaces

  • Solid/liquid and solid/gas interface property and interaction studies
  • urface coating and micro- and nano-patterning of polysaccharides/derivatives and synthetic polymers (spin coating, inkjet printing, dip coating, adsorption, lithography)
  • Interaction studies and immobilization of functional (bio)molecules (DNA/proteins, polysaccharides) and cells on surfaces
  • Improvement of production processes of polymer and polysaccharide based materials


  • Synthesis of functional nano- and microparticles (polysaccharide; lignin, magnetic iron oxide, Ag, alkaline, other metals)
  • Coating of substrates with functional particles (antimicrobial, conductive, catalytic, protective, drug release)


  • Structure, morphology, surface property correlation studies
  • Determination of charge, mechanical and optical properties
  • Determining fibre dye/adsorbate interaction
  • Surface modification and composites for advanced applications
  • Development of polymer nanofibers by electrospinning


  • Model wound dressings with anti-inflammatory properties
  • Biosensors for DNA and proteins
  • Bioconjugates – conjugation of amino acids with polysaccharides
  • Matrices for controlled drug release (particles and tissue)
  • Membranes and scaffolds for tissue engineering/cell culturing (bio-ink preparation)
  • Antimicrobial & anticoagulant materials
  • Biocompatibilization of materials

Technical Surfaces

  • Polymeric surfaces for technical applications and their modification (packaging, protection, fuel cells, isolation materials)
  • Paper surface morphology and interaction with inks and water
  • Preservation of historical paper
  • Integration of sensors for oxygen and pH into tissue materials
  • Textile fibres (testing, modification)
  • Fibres with magnetic, optical and electric properties
  • Non-biological surface interaction studies (adhesion, wetting etc.)
  • Morphology (AFM, SEM with EDX, Confocal laser scanning microscopy, and other light microscopy techniques, including image analysis software developments, THz (Terahertz) Antenna)
  • Interaction/adsorption capacity (QCM-D, surface plasmon resonance, titrations, Zeta potential, electrophoretic mobility and particle size determination, tensiometry / goniometry, capillary zone electrophoresis, UV-VIS, ATR-IR and Raman spectroscopy, water/vapour sorption, oxygen transmission)
  • Chemical composition (XPS, SEM with EDX, TOC, AAS, ATR-IR, GC-MS, X-ray diffractometer)
  • Material fabrication and modification techniques (various electrospinning devices, ink jet printer, bioscaffolder (3D bio-printer), spin-coater, dip coater, plasma activation, UV-ozone etching, freeze dryer, rotavapor, encapsulator, spray dryer, pyrolysis oven, homogenizer, femtosecond laser patterning device, optical fibre welding machine)
  • Structure determination (SWAXS, DLS, XPS, TGA/DSC, QCM-D, rheology, BET apparatus, capillary porosimeter, spectral interrogator, profilometer, etc.)
  • Standard testing methods (testing of fibres, yarns, fabrics, finishing of textile materials)
  • Chromatography – GC-MS


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