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The Institute of Paper, Pulp and Fibre Technology is the major institute in Austria to perform research and development and to educate students in the field of pulp, paper and biobased materials. The philosophy of the Institute is to combine practical needs of industrial partners with high level research in order to provide the best possible environment for students to acquire and to apply the obtained knowledge. The institute is involved in many large scale research activities to advance the use of biobased products, to optimize value chains with a focus on the pulp and paper industry and to develop new wood-based materials with added value while better understanding basic interaction mechanisms in these materials. These activities are performed in the frame of COMET projects, CD laboratories, EU programs, FFG and FWF projects and cover both fundamental and applied research. In teaching the institute's activities mainly focus on the area of specialisation "Biobased Materials and Fibre Technology" in the master's programme "Chemical and Process Engineering" and on the master's programme "Biorefinery Engineering", which was developed recently together with university and industrial partners to meet the need of the bioabased industries. The university programme "Pulp and Paper Technology" (60 ECTS, 2 semesters) is also offered and has the target to qualify professionals from other fields of study for advanced activities in the broad field of the paper and pulp industry as well as in the related supplier industry. The institute is certified according to the ISO 17025 standard and also provides research services for the pulp, paper and biobased materials industry.

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Fibers Engineering & Materials Science
Pulp Chemical Compounds
Coatings Engineering & Materials Science
Cellulose Chemical Compounds
Paperboards Chemical Compounds
Chitosan Chemical Compounds
Lignin Chemical Compounds
Laccase Chemical Compounds

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Research Output 1987 2019

A continuum micromechanics approach to the elasticity and strength of planar fiber networks: Theory and application to paper sheets

Godinho, P. M. J. S., Jajcinovic, M., Wagner, L., Vass, V., Fischer, W. J., Bader, T. K., Hirn, U., Bauer, W., Eberhardsteiner, J. & Hellmich, C., 1 May 2019, In : European Journal of Mechanics, A/Solids. 75, p. 516-531 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Circuit theory
elastic properties
Natural polymers
Packaging materials
Gas chromatography
High pressure liquid chromatography

Charakterisierung von Biopolymeren: Funktionelle Barrieren für Lebensmittelkontaktmaterialien

Walzl, A., Kopacic, S., Bauer, W. & Leitner, E., 2019, In : Chrom + Food Forum. 2019, 3, p. 30-31

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch

Activities 1985 2019

Material model of pulp fibres

Tristan Seidlhofer (Speaker)
18 Feb 201922 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk at conference or symposiumScience to science

Industrially relevant cationic starches and cellulose

Stefanie Monika Müller (Speaker), Niegelhell Katrin (Contributor), Angela Chemelli (Contributor), Josefine Hobisch (Contributor), Thomas Griesser (Contributor), Heidemarie Reiter (Contributor), Ulrich Hirn (Contributor), Stefan Spirk (Contributor)
14 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk at conference or symposiumScience to science

Investigating the swelling behavior of cellulose thin films by multilayer density analysis using AFM/SPR spectroscopy

Carina Sampl (Speaker), Niegelhell Katrin (Contributor), David Reishofer (Contributor), Roland Resel (Contributor), Stefan Spirk (Contributor), Ulrich Hirn (Contributor)
14 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk at conference or symposiumScience to science


Dr. Carl Kellner-Ehrenzeichen

Wolfgang Bauer (Recipient), 27 May 2009

Prize: Prizes / Medals / Awards

Josef Krainer Förderungspreis 2008

Michael Donoser (Recipient), 12 May 2008

Prize: Prizes / Medals / Awards

Press / Media

Innovationen in der Papier- und Zellstoffforschung

Stefan Spirk


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

2.5 Mio.Euro für Grazer Forscher

Stefan Spirk, Andreas Petrovic & Hermann Scharfetter


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Projects 1990 2022