Materials Science and Testing of Polymers

M​​​​​​​ission and Vision

  • We train students at a high academic level with regard to polymer physics and polymer testing 
  • We perform world-class research in the fields of physics, materials science, testing and applications of polymers
  • We develop and optimize innovative materials, components and testing methodologies
  • We aim at significantly contributing to technical progress and sustainable development 
  • We cooperate and study with research institutes and companies worldwide

We are smart and reliable – in everything we do!


Our Team

Head of Institute


Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Gerald Pinter
Head of RELIABLE Group

 +43 3842 402 - 2100
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Specialties: polymer mechanics, fracture mechanics, life-time prediction, durability and reliability of structural polymers, fatigue testing

Office Management

Research Professionals

Reza Afsharnia, Lis. Fogh-lis.

+43 3842 402 - 2139
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Specialties: Fatigue analysis, fracture mechanics, thermomechanical behavior of short fiber reinforced polymers



Priv.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Florian Arbeiter

+43 3842 402 - 2122
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Specialties: Polymeric pipe grade materials, multi-layered systems and structures, fracture mechanics, mechanical impact and high-speed testing

Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Michael Feuchter
+43 3842 402 - 2110
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Specialties: polymeric nanocomposites, recycling of polymers and composites, morphology analysis with X-ray scattering, advanced dynamic mechanical analysis

Dipl.-Ing. Michael Huszar

+43 3842 402 - 2136
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Dipl.-Ing. Matthias Pferschy
+43 3842 402 - 2130
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Specialties: Mechanical testing of Li-ion battery components, structural evolution of metals 



Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Gerald Pilz

+43 3842 402 - 2109
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Specialties: Mechanical and thermo-mechanical characterization of high performance plastics (technical thermoplastics and fiber reinforced plastics)

Ing. Katerina Plevova

+43 3842 402 - 2119
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Specialties: polymer recycling, Raman and IR spectroscopy analysis of polymer and composites

Assoz.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Katharina Resch-Fauster
Head of SMART Group

+43 3842 402 - 2105
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Specialties: sustainable energy production and storage, green engineering, polymers and composites based on renewable

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. mont. Gabriel Stadler

+43 3842 402 -2104
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Specialties: Fatigue of polymers with focus on short fibre reinforced polymers, computer-aided service life assessments

Lukas Travnicek, Ing.

+43 3842 402 - 2134

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Specialities: Fracture mechanics, life-time prediction, fatigue testing, Finite element simulations of specimens and components


Dipl.-Ing. Christoph Waly

+43 3842 402 - 2127
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Specialities: testing in the field of additive manufacturing, polymer mechanics and fracture mechanics, multi-layered systems

Laboratory technicians


Jürgen Föttinger Bsc.

+43 3842 402 - 2161
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    Cyclic test technique and component testing, engineering and construction, maintainance


    Jürgen Grosser

    +43 664 80 898 2114
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    Mechanical testing, measurement and testing technology


    Franz Grassegger

    +43 3842 402 - 2131
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    Machine shop


    Walter Rath

    +43 3842 402 - 2108
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    Microscopy and sample preparation



    We play an active role in the education of students  in the study programs Polymer Science and Technology, Materials Science and Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Recycling Technology and Industrial Process Engineering.


    Our research philosophy encourages faculty, post-docs, professionals, and students from different science and engineering disciplines to work in a collaborative environment to meet our current research goals. Our researchers conduct world-class research in the fields of physics, materials science, testing and applications of polymeric materials. SMART and RELIABLE describe our mindset but also comprise our main fields of expertise. Please click on the links below to find out more.  



    • Polymer Competence Center Leoben (A)
    • Technical University Vienna
      Institute for Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics
    • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (A)
      Leichtmetall Kompetenzzentrum Ranshofen
    • Imperial College London (GB)
      Department of Mech. Eng.
    • Technical University Munich (D)
      Chair Carbon Composites
    • Polytecnico di Milano (I)
      Dipartimento di Chimica
    • Academy of Sciences Brno (CZ)
      Institute of Physics of Materials


    • BMW AG (D)
    • Robert Bosch GmbH (D)
    • ContiTech Industrial Rubber Kft (H)
    • Dow Europe GmbH (CH)
    • EMS Chemie AG (CH)
    • FACC AG (A)
    • Getzner Werkstoffe GmbH (A)
    • MAHLE Filtersysteme GmbH (A)
    • Poloplast GmbH  Co KG (A)
    • Semperit Technische Produkte GmbH (A)
    • SKF Sealing Solutions Austria GmbH (A)
    • Volkswagen AG (D)

    We are part of AM@MUL

    At Montanuniversität, a group of more than 60 researchers are working in the field of additive manufacturing and have now joined forces in the AM@MUL network. → More information can be found here



    For a list of current publications please follow the link on the right side. 


    Our testing laboratories consist of microscopic, spectroscopic, polymer-physical and mechanical characterization facilities, which contain the latest version of standard as well as some specialized equipment complemented by various sample preparation, sample conditioning and deformation analysis devices.

    The laboratories are used to establish the basic molecular and microstructure as well as the thermal, thermo-mechanical and mechanical macroscopic properties of polymers and composites. Our expertise comprises:

    • Morphology and structure analysis on various length-scales
    • Generation of comprehensive polymer-physical property profiles
    • Mechanical and component testing on various time-scales 


    For details as to our devices please adhere to the equipment list of the department
    Equipmentlist Polymer Engineering and Science Leoben

    General Laboratory Policy (english/german)

    Contact & Approach

    Institute of Materials Science and Testing of Polymers
    Otto Glöckel-Straße 2
    8700 Leoben

    +43 3842 402 2101


    2nd floor, straight ahead of the elevator.