Chair of Polymer Processing

In 1970, the Institute of Polymer Processing (Institut fuer Kunststoffverarbeitung KV) was one of the two founding institutes of the Department of Polymer Engineering at the Montanuniversität Leoben. Within the last 50 years it has developed into a modern, efficient and recognised research institute. The basis for this is a team of highly quali-fied and motivated employees. 

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Our Team

The Institute of Polymer Processing holds basic funding from the Montanuniversität Leoben for one full professor, three scientists and four non-scientific staff members. The total number of staff, excluding study assistants and research fellows (typically five to ten Austrian and international students or researchers support us), is currently 18; thus, more than 50 % is financed by third-party funds.

In order to be able to optimally manage the rapidly growing institute, a sustainable institute structure was created with three working group leaders:

  • Injection Molding & Recycling, Assoc.Prof. Dr.mont. Thomas Lucyshyn
  • Extrusion & Additive Manufacturing, Dipl.-Ing. Stephan Schuschnigg
  • Material Data, Dr.mont. Ivica Duretek


Head of Chair

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Clemens Holzer

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Elke Holler

+43 3842 402 - 3503


Natalie Sencar

+43 3842 402 - 3501

Scientific Staff


Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Ivica Duretek

+43 3842 402 - 3518
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Leiter Arbeitsgruppe Stoffdatenbestimmung

Forschungsschwerpunkte: Stoffdaten für Spritzgieß- und Extrusionssimulation, Rheologie, Pulverspritzgießen (PIM)


Dipl.-Ing. Stephan Schuschnigg

+43 3842 402 - 3511
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Leiter Arbeitsgruppe Extrudieren
Forschungsschwerpunkte: Extrusion, Additive Fertigung (FFF), Simulation

Assoz.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Thomas Lucyshyn

+43 3842 402 - 3510
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Leiter der Arbeitsgruppe Spritzgießen & Compoundieren
Forschungsschwerpuntke: Thermoplastspritzguss, Mikrostrukturierte Spritzgießteile, Spritzgießsimulation, Compoundieren/Materialentwicklung

Non-Scientific Staff


Julia Gössmann

+43 3842 402 - 3520


Ing. Anja Wallner

+43 3842 402 - 3522


Martin Glehr

+43 3842 402 - 3515


Günter Kohlhuber

+43 3842 402 - 3514


Gernot Weiss

+43 3842 402 - 3519


Study Assistants

  • Stefan Eder
  • Carina Maurer
  • Thomas Steinert


Comprehensive training

Apart from the introductory lectures, teaching at the Institute of Polymer Processing takes mainly place in the higher semesters of the bachelor program and the master program. The students receive a comprehensive education in polymer processing from the basics to special fields which can be deepened in the extensive range of elective subjects, which are all taught in English. In addition to the lectures, special emphasis is placed on practical training in exercises and practical courses, in which the handling of the machines and the measuring technology as well as modern simulation software is practiced and the students learn to work independently with these systems.

In the fundamentals, a deepened understanding of the material behavior of polymers with regard to the flow behavior or thermodynamic processes such as melting and cooling processes is taught. The interaction between material behavior and process conditions is an important point within the education in order to be able to solve existing processing problems or to develop new processes in working live by means of a thorough material and process understanding.

Exercises & Internships

The competences from the lectures and practical courses are further deepened in the bachelor and master theses. Most of these are projects in cooperation with our industrial partners. In this way, students learn how to work in projects and become familiar with the basics of project management and manage small projects themselves.

Of central importance are the dissertations and the projects associated with the dissertations. With these projects, the main focus of the institute is set and expanded. The doctoral students are an essential support of the institute both in the scientific development and in the cooperation with industry. 


Über 700 Publikationen zeugen von der hohen wissenschaftliche Qualität der Forschung am Lehrstuhl für Kunststoffverarbeitung. Darüber hinaus wurden zahlreiche Dissertationen, Master- und Diplom- sowie Bachelorarbeiten fertiggestellt.

Machinery and equipment

For an institute dealing with polymer processing, appropriate equipment and machin-ery are essential for training and project work. In the new laboratories, an exemplary and internationally renowned processing technology center has been set up, and thanks to our close cooperation with the polymer industry in Austria and Germany, it has been equipped with state-of-the-art machinery. Over the last few years, new ma-chines and systems worth more than € 1 million have been installed. In addition, we have a network of partner companies and partner institutes, where we can carry out experiments on various machinery. Thus, we are able to scale up from the smallest quantities to industrial production and produce from lot size 1 to thousands of pieces.


We would like to thank the following companies in particular for their generous dona-tions and cooperation:

  • ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG, Hard / A
  • ARBURG GmbH + Co KG, Loßburg / D
  • battenfeld-cincinnati Austria GmbH, Vienna / A
  • ENGEL Austria GmbH, Schwertberg/ A
  • Hage3D GmbH, Obdach / A
  • Leistritz AG, Nuremberg / D
  • ROSENDAHL NEXTROM GmbH, Pischelsdorf / A
  • WITTMANN BATTENFELD GmbH, Kottingbrunn / A

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  • Academy of Sciences Brno (CZ), Institute of Physics of Materials 
  • Christian-Doppler Laboratory (CDL), on Particulate Flow Modelling, Johannes Kepler Universität, Linz, Austria
  • ecoplus. Niederösterreichs Wirtschaftsagentur GmbH (AT)
  • FOTEC Forschungs- und Technologietransfer GmbH (AT)
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Fertigungstechnik und Angewandte Materialforschung, IFAM Bremen (D)
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme, IKTS Dresden (D)
  • JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
  • Johannes Kepler Universität (AT), Linzer Institut für Organische Solarzellen (LIOS) 
  • Linz Center of Mechatronics GmbH (AT)
  • Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen (CH), Labor für  Mikro- und Nanotechnologie 
  • Polymer Technology College (SLO), Slovenj Gradec
  • TCKT - Transfercenter für Kunststofftechnik GmbH (AT)
  • Technische Universität Wien (AT)
  • Università degli Studi di Salerno (I)
  • University of Akron (USA), Department of Polymer Engineering
  • University of Birmingham (GB)
  • University of Bradford (GB), Research Centre in Polymer Science & Technology
  • University of Zagreb (HR), Chair of Polymer Processing
  • University of Zagreb (HR), Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture


  • AgfISS Agentur für Industrie-Software & Services
  • AMiSTec GmbH & Co. KG
  • Amsonic AG / SA
  • Arburg GmbH + CoKG (D)
  • AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG
  • battenfeld-cincinnati Austria GmbH
  • BBF Sterilisationsservice GmbH
  • Belimed GmbH
  • BMW Motoren GmbH
  • Bodo Möller Chemie GmbH
  • Borealis AG
  • Business Upper Austria – OÖ Wirtschaftsagentur GmbH, Gesundheitstechnologie - Cluster
  • Camo Formen- und Werkzeugbau Ges.m.b.H.
  • Clariant Produkte (Deutschland) GmbH
  • Cleanpart Healthcare GmbH
  • Clever Contour GmbH
  • Croma-Pharma GmbH
  • Datwyler Sealing Solutions (Dätwyler Schweiz AG)
  • Dietzel GmbH
  • DMB-Apparatebau GmbH
  • Dow Chemicals
  • Econ GmbH
  • Endoscope Complete Services GmbH & Co.KG
  • EREMA Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen Ges.m.b.H.
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Extrutherm Kunststofftechnik GmbH
  • FeyeCon B.V.
  • FOTEC Forschungs- und Technologietransfer GmbH
  • FRT- Europäische Forschungsgemeinschaft Reinigungs- und Hygienetechnologie e.V.
  • Fujinon Europe
  • Gabriel-Chemie GmbH
  • Geoplast kunststofftechnik GmbH
  • GWK Präzisionstechnik GmbH
  • Hage Sondermaschinenbau GmbH & CoKG
  • HOERBIGER Ventilwerke GmbH & Co KG
  • Huber+Suhner AG
  • Hueck Folien Gesellschaft m.b.H.
  • Hybeta GmbH
  • HygCen Austria GmbH
  • IM Polymer
  • Lenzing Plastics GmbH
  • Lithoz GmbH
  • Lugitsch-Strasser GmbH
  • Magna Auteca AG
  • Mahle Filtersysteme Austria GmbH
  • MAS Maschinen- und Anlagenbau Schulz GmbH
  • MBA Polymers Austria Kunststoffverarbeitung GmbH
  • Meister-Quadrat Kunststoff- und Automatisierungstechnik GmbH
  • MicroMed Mittermayer Dienstleistung und Beratung GmbH
  • Miele Gesellschaft m.b.H.
  • next system Vertriebsges.m.b.H.
  • NGR-Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen GmbH
  • Niebling GmbH
  • OBE GmbH & Co. KG
  • Olympus Europa SE & Co. KG
  • Pentax Europe GmbH
  • plastic electronic GmbH
  • Profactor GmbH
  • Pro-Weld Schweißtechnik GmbH
  • Richard Wolf GmbH
  • Rosendahl Nextrom GmbH
  • RUAG Space GmbH
  • Schöfer GmbH
  • SCIO Holding GmbH
  • SEABEAR Diving Technology
  • SIGMA Engineering GmbH
  • simcon kunststofftechnische Software GmbH
  • SLI - Sterilgut, Logistik und Instrumentenmanagement GmbH
  • SMP GmbH Prüfen Validieren Forschen
  • Sony DADC Austria AG
  • spypach medical services
  • Steinbacher Dämmstoff GmbH
  • Teufelberger Holding AG
  • Thermoplastkreislauf GmbH
  • voestalpine Stahl GmbH
  • W. H. U. GmbH
  • Westcam Datentechnik GmbH
  • wfk – Cleaning Technology Institute e.V.
  • Wieland-Werke AG
  • Zizala Lichtsysteme GmbH


The Institute of Polymer Processing looks back on 50 years of great achievements in the field of polymer processing. The institute addresses current research topics such as nanotechnology, waste utilization and energy savings.


Kontakt & Anfahrt 

Lehrstuhl für Kunststoffverarbeitung
Otto Glöckel-Straße 2
8700 Leoben
+43 3842 402 3501

3. Stock im Zentrum für Kunststofftechnik, links neben dem Lift.