Research Institute of Textile Chemistry and Textile Physics - University of Innsbruck, Austria

Description of Research Institute of Textile Chemistry and Textile Physics, UIBK:

The Research Institute focuses on fundamental and applied research in textile chemistry, textile physics, polymer science and chemistry, fiber- and textile-reinforced composites, sensor-integration in textile structures, and electrochemistry. Their primary expertise is in processing, chemical modifications, and investigations of structure-property relationships in textile substrates for both clothing and technical applications. The activities also include product development and process scale up.

Description of the polysaccharide research activities:

Physical and chemical properties of man-made and natural cellulosic fibers

Use of other polysaccharides to impart functionalities

Chemical modifications and processing

Investigations of structure-property relationships

Main pieces of equipment:

Textile processing:

Equipment for laboratory and pilot-scale batch and continuous processes, benchtype hydraulic hot-press

Analytical tools:

FTIR, ISEC, photometers including diffuse reflectance, colour measurement, streaming-potential measurement, nitrogen analyser, GC, HPLC, electrochemical measurements (e.g. cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy), rheology and thermomechanical analysis, light microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy, thermogravimetry and differential scanning calorimetry

Testing:

Standard equipment for physical, mechanical and chemical testing including a climate chamber, moisture and heat transmission test instruments, lab-scale wind tunnel

(see also: https://www.uibk.ac.at/textilchemie/texchem/infrastructure.html)

Contact:

Name: Thomas Bechtold

Email: Thomas.Bechtold@uibk.ac.at

Phone: +43 557 228 533

Fax: +43 557 228 629

Address:

Hoechsterstrasse 73

A-6850 Dornbirn

Austria