Chair of 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

Chair

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

 +43 3842 402 - 2100
gerald.pinter(at)unileoben.ac.at  
Profil (Pure) | Profil (MUonline)

Specialties: polymer mechanics, fracture mechanics, life-time prediction, durability and reliability of structural polymers, fatigue testing

Office Management

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Rafaela Schwaninger

rafaela.schwaninger(at)unileoben.ac.at 
+43 3842 402 - 2101

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Franz Wohlscheiber

Accounting and controlling

franz.wohlscheiber@unileoben.ac.at
+43 664 6276741

Research Professionals

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Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Florian Arbeiter

florian.arbeiter(at)unileoben.ac.at 
+43 3842 402 - 2122
Profil (Pure) | Profil (MUOnline)

Specialties: Polymeric pipe grade materials, multi-layered systems and structures, fracture mechanics, mechanical impact and high-speed testing
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Dipl.-Ing. Maria Gfrerrer

maria.gfrerrer@unileoben.ac.at 
+43 3842 402 - 2190
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Dipl.-Ing. Lukas Haiden

lukas.haiden(at)unileoben.ac.at 
+43 3842 402 - 2107
Profil (Pure) | Profil (MUOnline)

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Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Gerald Pilz

gerald.pilz(at)unileoben.ac.at 
+43 3842 402 - 2109
Profil (Pure) | Profil (MUOnline)

Specialties: Mechanical and thermo-mechanical characterization of high performance plastics (technical thermoplastics and fiber reinforced plastics)
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Assoz.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Katharina Resch-Fauster (in Karenz)
Head of SMART Group

katharina.resch-fauster(at)unileoben.ac.at 
+43 3842 402 - 2105
Profil (Pure) | Profil (MUOnline) | CV
Specialties: sustainable energy production and storage, green engineering, polymers and composites based on renewable
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Dipl.-Ing. Markus Schwaiger 

markus.schwaiger(at)unileoben.ac.at 
+43 3842 402 - 2129
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Specialties: Thermosets based on renewable resources, smart composites, advanced thermal analysis
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Dipl.-Ing. Christoph Waly

christoph.waly(at)unileoben.ac.at 
+43 3842 402 - 2127
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Dipl.-Ing. Nadine Wild

nadine.wild(at)unileoben.ac.at 
+43 3842 402 - 2130
Profil (Pure) | Profil (MUOnline)

Specialties: recycling of polymers and composite, sustainable packaging materials, biodegradeable polymers
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Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Michael Feuchter
michael.feuchter(at)unileoben.ac.at 
+43 3842 402 - 2110
Profil (Pure) | Profil (MUOnline)

Specialties: polymeric nanocomposites, recycling of polymers and composites, morphology analysis with X-ray scattering, advanced dynamic mechanical analysis
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Dipl.-Ing. Sandra Petersmann

sandra.petersmann(at)unileoben.ac.at 
+43 3842 402 - 2112
Profil (Pure) | Profil (MUOnline)

Specialties: 3D-printable polymeric materials for medical applications, mechanical characterization of 3D-printed components, mechanical impact testing
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Ing. Katerina Plevova

katerina.plevova(at)unileoben.ac.at 
+43 3842 402 - 2119
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Dipl.-Ing. Gabriel Stadler

gabriel.stadler@unileoben.ac.at
+43 3842 402 -2104
Profil (Pure) | Profil (MUOnline) 

Specialties: Fatigue of polymers with focus on short fibre reinforced polymers, computer-aided service life assessments
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Dipl.-Ing. Andrea Todorovic

andrea.todorovic(at)unileoben.ac.at 
+43 3842 402 - 2136
Profil (Pure) | Profil (MUOnline)

Specialties: Thermosets based on renewable resources, natural fiber reinforced composites, advanced morphological characterization

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Dipl.-Ing. Johannes Wiener

johannes.wiener(at)unileoben.ac.at 
+43 3842 402 - 2134
Profil (Pure) | Profil (MUOnline )

Specialties: biomimetic polymers, applied fracture mechanics with specific focus on optimizing fracture toughness

 

Laboratory technicians

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Jürgen Föttinger

juergen.foettinger(at)unileoben.ac.at 
+43 3842 402 - 2161
Profil (MUOnline)

    Cyclic test technique and component testing, engineering and construction, maintainance

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    Jürgen Grosser

    juergen.grosser(at)unileoben.ac.at
    +43 664 80 898 2114
    Profil (MUOnline)

    Mechanical testing, measurement and testing technology

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    Franz Grassegger

    franz.grassegger(at)unileoben.ac.at 
    +43 3842 402 - 2131
    Profil (MUOnline)

    Machine shop

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    Walter Rath

    walter.rath(at)unileoben.ac.at 
    +43 3842 402 - 2108
    Profil (MUOnline)

    Microscopy and sample preparation

    Teaching

    We play an active role in the education of students in the fields of Polymer Engineering and Science, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Recycling Technology, and Industrial Process Engineering. Our basic classes provide comprehensive and sound scientific knowledge in the fields of polymer physics and polymer testing. Elective courses cover topics such as material selection, material and energy efficiency, component testing as well as ecological aspects of polymer engineering. Please click on the link on the right hand side to find details to all of our courses.

    Research

    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.  

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    Science

    • 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

    Industry

    • 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)

    Publications

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

    Equipment

    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 & Directions

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

    +43 3842 402 2101
    wpk(at)unileoben.ac.at

     

    Office
    2nd floor, straight ahead of the elevator.