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WUT - The West Pomeranian University of Technology, Poland

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Profile: The West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin (WUT), is a university linking the long-term tradition of the University of Agriculture in Szczecin and Szczecin University of Technology (established in 1947), officially started on 1 January 2009. It is now the biggest Technical University in Western Pomerania region. Around 15 000 full-time and extramural students study in numerous facilities under the tutelage of over 1 100 academic teachers (including almost 280 professors and assistant professors). There are 10 faculties at WUT (specializing in 44 fields of study): Faculty of Biotechnology and Animal Husbandry; Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture; Faculty of Economics; Faculty of Electrical Engineering; Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology; Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics; Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Agriculture; Faculty of Food Sciences and Fisheries; Faculty of Maritime Technology and Transport; Faculty of Chemical Technology and Engineering (where Polymer Institute is located). The creation of West Pomeranian University of Technology consolidated research teams dealing with: engineering, environmental protection, renewable energy, bio- and nanotechnologies, polymers, economics and industry and agriculture technologies.  WUT has powers to confer the PhD degree in 17 specializations and the degree of assistant professor in 9 fields.

Expertise: The WUT research staff is experienced in the field of advanced composite and nanocomposite materials preparation and characterization. Examples of recently completed projects include: “Polymer nanocomposites with the addition of functionalized carbon nanotubes” INTAS 04-80-6932, CARBIO Multi-functional carbon nanotubes for biomedical applications MRTN-CT-2006-035616; Investigation of novel nanostructured elastomeric biomaterials modified with e-beam radiation” - special DWM/41/POL/2005 with the University of Akron, OH, in frame of NSF.

The West Pomeranian Centre of Advanced Technologies at WUT (70-310 Szczecin, POLAND, al. Piastów 19, tel. ++4891 449 48 28, -46 99; fax ++4891 449 40 98) was established in 2004. The Centre brings together all research groups working in Polymer Institute and Materials Science and Engineering Institute on various polymeric materials, ranging from polymers and biopolymers to composites. The Centre has extended co-operations signed with industrial partners and their labs which are equipped with modern experimental techniques for characterization of synthetic engineering polymers. Those techniques include thermal, mechanical, rheological analysis, spectroscopic techniques, processing equipment, etc.

Polymer Institute (70-322 Szczecin, POLAND, ul. Pulaskiego 10, tel. ++4891 449 48 28
fax ++4891 449 40 98): Department of Biomaterials and Microbiological Technologies, Polymer Technology Department, Laboratory of Elastomers and Fibres Technologies. Research profile

Main research areas: technology of new materials, nanotechnologies, biopolymers and biomaterials, technology of plastics, fibers and elastomers, micro and nanotechnologies of polymeric materials, nanoscience and nanotechnologies, nanocomposites, nanobiomaterials.

Preparation and processing of polymers and composites with special properties; characterisation of polymeric materials (mechanical, thermal, rheological, structure and other properties):

  • materials based on thermoplastics (e.g. polyolefines, polyesters, polyamides, polystyrol, polycarbonates etc.): - polymer blends; - polymer composites and nanocomposites; - polymer recycling
  • materials based on reactive resins (epoxy, polyurethane, unsaturated polyesters)
  • starch based polymeric materials (hydrogels, thermoplastic starch),
  • paints and coating materials and adhesives

Research projects

  • „NanoLight” - Honda HRD Europe, Offenbach, Germany
  • “Biomaterials for hard tissue implants” - DOT GmbH – Rostok, Germany
  • „PMMA recycling” – HEKO, Czermno, Poland
  • several research projects financed by the National Science Centre and other institutions

Business and industry cooperation

  • montmorillonite modification for the production of paint and materials - ”Zębiec”
  • laminate quality improvement – yacht industry cooperation

Key project tasks: WUT is highly incorporated in WP1 and WP4. In detail, WUT will be developing lab-scale glass fibre reinforced polymer composites and will be involved in microstructure and mechanical characterization (WP4). WUT will be also active in development of light weight glassing based on polymer-glass composites.

1. [WP4 leader]: responsible for selection of material for 1st generation light weight frame. Moreover, development of polymer matrix (porous foam core) which enable optimal utilization of strength and corrosion resistance. Next stage represents the frame processing, modeling and simulations.

Outcome:

  • to identify matrix polymers for 1st generation reinforced frame and for core shell structure frame.

  • to test samples of framing and establish SoA for polymer matrix

  • to generate polymer-foam-core-GFRP shell bodies for mechanical, thermal and acoustic characterization

  • provide data for modeling in WP5

2. To investigate the melt extrusion and injection moulding and to develop polymer blends for improved adhesion and mechanical properties of the glass-flake-polymer composites [WP1].

3. Lab-scale laminate processing of polymer-glass composites, surface modification of the glass flakes; autoclave laminate processing methods.

Outcome:

  • To optimize U value (1W/m2K) and reach the average sound reduction index (125-500 Hz) of composite laminated glazing

4. In collaboration with FhG-ISC and UBT-LSWV we are responsible for integration of phase–change–materials (PCM) with laminated glazing [WP2]. Furthermore, processing and optimization methods for overall weight reduction [WP3] will be performed.

Outcome:

  • to develop suitable blends of PCM material and polymer matrix for laminated glazing
  • weight reduction of glazing by 25%

Key Personnel:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., is full Professor and Director of the Polymer Institute and Director of the West Pomeranian Centre of Advanced Technologies. She holds a DSc. (Habilitation in 2004) and a PhD degree in materials engineering and polymer technology. She was awarded a Fellowship Grant from the German Academic Exchange Program at the Polymer Composites TUHH, Germany (1995, 1998), she was a post-doc at the Polymer Engineering Department, University Bayreuth (2002-2003) and in 2005, she got a Fellowship of The Royal Society at the Imperial College, London, UK. She supervised 39 Diploma Thesis (promoted) and 2 PhDs (she is currently supervising 7 PhD students). She has published more than 60 papers in refereed journals (SCI list), over 140 conference proceedings, 53 papers in other referred journals, 5 patents and patent applications and 9 book chapters. M. El Fray is an expert in mechanical, especially fatigue testing of polymers, morphology and thermal analysis of polymeric materials and biomaterials.

PhD Jolanta Janik studied chemical technology in Szczecin and she holds a PhD in polymer technology. She is appointed as adjunct at Polymer Institute and her expertise is polymer processing and polymer blends and composites preparation and characterization. She is author of 10 research papers and 38 conference proceedings. She actively participated in research projects, including project on semi-technical scale production of silica nanofillers and clay and their application in commercial plastics, paints, lacquers and adhesives in collaboration with University Poznan, Poland and University Kassel, Germany.

MSc Wojciech Ignaczak studied chemical technology in Szczecin and he holds a MSc in polymer technology. He is a PhD student at the Faculty of Chemical Technology and Engineering at WUT.