Laboratory for Characterization and Processing of Polymers - LCPP

Our activities include basic, applied and other R&D work connected with the field of polymeric materials used in different industrial applications.

The main activities of the laboratory include basic, applied and other R&D work connected with the following fields: polymeric materials used in different industrial application; special attention is given to the study of surface and structural parameters of fibres/foils/films, correlations between the surface/structural parameters and its reactivity/interaction capacity and optimization and development of new, ecologically friendly processes. LCPP is collaborating on national and international scientific and educational level within several organizations. LCPP is a member of EPNOE - European Network of Excellence for polysaccharide, POLIMAT – Centre of Excellence Polymer Materials and Technologies, AUTEX - Association of Universities for Textile, EURATEX - European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing …

Our member Matej Bračič actively attended the 5th edition of Nanotech France 2019 International Conference and Exhibition. 👨‍🔬🇫🇷

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Our members Karin Stana Kleinschek, Rupert Kargl, Manja Kurečič, Mojca Božič and Matej Bračič actively attended the 4th International Conference NANOAPP 2019. 👩‍💼👨‍💼🇸🇮🔬

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Our colleagues Silvo Hribernik and Mojca Božič attended the 3rd partners meeting within the M-EraNet project NanoElMem - fuel cells - at Chang Gung University in Taoyuan City in Taiwan, hosted by Prof. Shing-jiang Jessie Lue. 🇹🇼

Our members actively attended the 10th International Congress - BioNanoMed (Graz, Austria). 👩‍💼👨‍🔬 🇦🇹

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Our members Karin Stana Kleinschek and Rupert Kargl attended and spoke at The International Conference on Surfaces, coatings and interfaces - SurfCoat Korea 2019.

InnoRenew CoE

Tonight we celebrate the second birthday of the InnoRenew CoE with our partners, collaborators, and friends! Thank you for sharing this special occasion with us.

InnoRenew CoE celebrated 2nd anniversary together with its founders and project partners - InnoRenew CoE

Happy birthday InnoRenew CoE! 🎂🍾🎉 Koper, 4th March 2019 Yesterday, 4th March 2019, the InnoRenew CoE celebrated with its funders, project partners, industry collaborators, and numerous other guests during its second anniversary celebration in the Sveti Frančišek Asiški hall in Koper. The evening ceremony started with a greeting a...

High school students from Gimnazija Franca Miklošiča Ljutomer paid a visit to our lab, where we conducted some interesting experiments.

They will compete and present their work on the 53. Young researchers meeting. 👩‍🔬👩‍🔬🔬⚗️

Laboratory for Characterization and Processing of Polymers - LCPP

We wish you a wonderful Christmas time! ❄️🍪❄️🍪

The Alumni Chapter Slovenia, co-organised with our colleague Dr. Rupert Kargl was held at the residence of the Austrian ambassadress Mag. Sigrid Berka on 28th November 2018. 🇦🇹🇸🇮🎓

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Congratulations on awards received on the Faculty Day (28. 11. 2018)! 🌹

The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering awarded our colleagues:
-Prof. Dr. Majda Sfiligoj Smole (retired) with the Lifetime Achievement Award,
-Prof. Dr. Lidija Fras Zemljič with the Scientific Research Award and
-Assist. Prof. Dr. Selestina Gorgieva with the Researcher at the beginning of a career Award.

InnoRenew CoE

Congratulations, Dr Andreja Kutnar! 📜 🏆

Andreja was awarded the Zois award for important scientific achievements in the field of wood science.

Thank you for contributions to science.

Congratulations! 👩‍🔬🎉🍾
Our colleague Tanja Pivec was promoted to the Doctor of Science at the University of Maribor.

Our members Tanja & Silvo participated at a World Hemp Congress with a talk ''Mechanical and morphological analysis of hemp fibres: towards selection of suitable hemp varieties for textile and biocomposite applications’’. Presented contribution is part of the work, carried out in the frame of the project V4-1611 Cultivation of industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) in Slovenia. 👨‍💼

Our colleagues Ozkan Yapar, Lucija Jurko, Alenka Ojstršek and Rupert Kargl, attended 1st FibreNet training event in Tampere, Finland. 🇫🇮

Polskie Towarzystwo Chitynowe — Tyniec 2018 — Conference materials

Our colleagues Barbara Kaker and Urška Jančič attended the Polish Chitin Society XXIV Conference “New Aspects of the Chemistry and Applications of Chitin and its Derivatives” which was in Tyniec Benedictine Monastir, Poland, 19 – 21 September, 2018. 👩‍💼🇵🇱️

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Congratulations! 👨‍🔬🎉
Additionally, three students, mentored by our members, received KRKA awards for their research papers.

Two gold and a silver award on "52. Meeting of young researchers" national competition. 👏👏

Our members cooperated with Gimnazija Franca Miklošiča Ljutomer as mentors for their research papers.

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Culmination of ŠIPK project: "Successful preparation for registration and implementation of projects to solve local/regional communities’ problems" 👩‍💼
Oblikovanje in tekstilni materiali

We hosted primary school students within the "ZELTEK" (ŠIPK) project.

Osnovna šola Franca Rozmana - Staneta Maribor
Laboratory for Characterization and Processing of Polymers - LCPP
Oblikovanje in tekstilni materiali

️Our colleagues Tamilselvan Mohan and Matej Bračič attended the 7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress in Liverpool, UK. 👨‍💼🇬🇧

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Attendees were acquainted with project planning and management, beginning with the basics towards successful project application.

LCPP demonstrated methods for preparation of bio, hybrid and composite materials to Technische Universität Graz MSc, PhD and Postdoctoral chemistry students/fellows. 👨‍🔬👩‍🔬


Are Polysaccharides a Sweet Spot for Innovation❓👀

👉Find out more at the workshop:
September 17-18th, 2018, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium 🇧🇪️
Twitter: @Spot4Sweet HOME

What is the quality of silk produced in Slovenia ❓

Dr. Silvo Hribernik will explain it on Thursday, 14th of July (17:25) on Televizija Slovenija 1. 📺

Gosenice sviloprejke izhajajo iz Kitajske, kjer so svilo gojili že pred 5000 leti, in to približno 3000 let skrbno skrivali pred tujci. V 16. stoletju je prišlo svilogojstvo tudi v Slovenijo. Naša dežela je bila v preteklosti celo med vodilnimi proizvajalkami svile na svetu. Zakaj je svilogojstvo zamrlo in ali bi ga lahko, tudi s pomočjo znanosti, ponovno obudili? Odgovore poznajo Dr. Rebeka Lucijana Berčič z Veterinarske univerze Budimpešta, izr. prof. dr. Andreja Urbanek Krajnc s Fakulteta za kmetijstvo in biosistemske vede in Janez Škalič. Kako kakovostna je svila, ki jo pridelamo v Sloveniji, pa je pojasnil dr. Silvo Hribernik s Fakulteta za strojništvo UM.

Vabljeni k ogledu oddaje v četrtek, 14. 6. ob 17.25 na Televizija Slovenija 1.

Laboratory for Characterization and Processing of Polymers - LCPP's cover photo

Laboratory for Characterization and Processing of Polymers - LCPP's cover photo

Congratulations, Doris Tkaučič, for successful master's degree finalization! 💐👩🏻‍🎓

Congratulations to our fresh PhD, dr. Tanja Pivec! 💐👩🏻‍🎓

Two gold and a silver award on "52. Meeting of young researchers" national competition. 👏👏

Our members cooperated with Gimnazija Franca Miklošiča Ljutomer as mentors for their research papers.

World's Strongest bio-material outperforms steel and spider silk: Novel method transfers superior nanoscale mechanics to macroscopic fibers

Biodegradable cellulose fibers outperforms steel and spider silk as strongest bio-material‼️🔥 At DESY's X-ray light source PETRA III, researchers have produced the strongest bio-material that has ever been made. The artificial, but biodegradable cellulose fibers are stronger than steel and even than dragline spider silk, which is usually considered the strongest bio-based material.

Impressions from the 3rd International Epnoe Junior Scientists Meeting, organized by LCPP team 👩‍💼

📋TOPIC - Advances in Fundamental and Applied Polysaccharide Research

📆14th-15th May 2018, Maribor, Slovenia

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🔥 Magnetic nanoparticles are awesome! 👩‍🔬

Alignment of iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles with adsorbed citric acid in the presence of magnetic field.

3D bioprinting of polysaccharides and their derivatives: From characterization to application - Fundamental Biomaterials: Polymers - 6

‼️📕 NEW CONTRIBUTION IN A BOOK - ″Fundamental Biomaterials: Polymers″.

🔥LCPP members contributed two chapters:

-3D bioprinting of polysaccharides and their derivatives: From characterization to application

-Textile-based biomaterials for surgical applications
👉🏼 Polysaccharides (PS) and their derivatives are highly attractive as biomaterials in the field of regenerative medicine (RM), owing to their low cytotoxicity, hydrophilicity, and mechanical strength. In this chapter, a short overview of 3D bioprinting, an emerging technology in RM, will be given. In....


Cele Iglesias, who carried out her research work in our lab (2017), received the 1st prize at the ACS conference in New Orleans (march 2018). 👩‍💼

‼️👉🏼AWARD: First prize of the 2018 CELL Poster Awards sponsored by Springer-Cellulose in cooperation with the ACS Division of Cellulose and Renewable Materials, New Orleans, Louisiana.

‼️👉🏼CONTRIBUTION: The role of residual lignin in cellulose nanofibrils from unbleached pulps (L-CNF)

‼️👉🏼AUTHORS: Maria C. Iglesias (1), Niloofar Yousefi-Shivyari (2), Roland Gleisner (3), Junyong (J.Y.) Zhu (3), Karin Stana-Kleinschek (4), Charles E. Frazier (2), María S. Peresin (1)

(1) Forest Products Development Center, School of Forestry and Wildlife Science, Auburn University
(2) Sustainable Biomaterials, Cheatham Hall, RM 230, Virginia Tech
(3) US Forest Service R&D, Forest Products Laboratory
(4) Laboratory for Characterization and Processing of Polymers, Institute of Engineering Materials and Design, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor

👉🏼🏅Three gold and a bronze award on "Regional meeting of young researchers". 👏

Our members cooperated with Gimnazija Franca Miklošiča Ljutomer as mentors for their student’s term papers. 👩‍🔬

‼️All students ranked for the national competition.

Happy Women's day‼️🌹


Currently just test models - our aim is to print an ear with bio-based molecules (cells, peptides, natural polymers etc.) in the near future.

‼️This one is plasteline based & printed with our 3D bioprinter GESIM BioScaffolder.

👉🏼See our equipment:

Congratulations to our new assistant professor, dr. Tamilselvan Mohan! 👏🙂

He delivered a lecture on topic: "3D bioprinting: Fundamentals, Principles and Applications".

Tissue paper sensors show promise for health care, entertainment, robotics

Tissue paper as a novel wearable sensor? 🤔😯😗🚀

👉🏼READ MORE: Engineers have turned tissue paper -- similar to toilet tissue -- into a new kind of wearable sensor that can detect a pulse, a blink of an eye and other human movement. The sensor is light, flexible and inexpensive, with potential applications in health care, entertainment and robotics.


Gas chromatograph - Perkin Elmer Clarus 580
-auto sampler
-MS-detector for volatile organic molecules

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Apply your PhD theses, master theses, journal publications, review papers, survey reports etc. on pulp and paper industry.


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Laboratory for Characterization and Processing of Polymers - LCPP
Fakulteta za strojništvo UM
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‼️👉🏼MORE INFO: The Laboratory for Characterization and Processing of Polymers (LCPP)University of Maribor Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Smetanova ulica 17, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia

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