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


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

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Name: Thomas Bechtold


Phone: +43 557 228 533

Fax: +43 557 228 629


Hoechsterstrasse 73

A-6850 Dornbirn