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Polymer Materials Laboratory

The activity of the Polymer Materials Laboratory is focused on the development of new polymer materials, including functional materials with desired properties. We are capable of obtaining nanomaterials, nanostructured materials, composites, nanocomposite materials and hybrid organic-inorganic materials based on sol-gel process. The laboratory provides comprehensive analysis and measurements of polymer materials, e.g. thermal properties characterization, rheological, thermomechanical, flammability tests and heat resistance, accelerated aging tests including temperature, humidity, UV radiation resistance and corrosion tests with variable cycles of salt spray. Moreover, the laboratory offers porosity measurements of powders and solids including micro- and mesopores evaluation, and stability testing of suspensions, emulsions, aerosols, foams as well as the research on wettability and surface free energy.

The laboratory features the implemented management system in compliance with standard PN-EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018-02.


The Polymer Materials Laboratory invites you to cooperation for applied and basic research projects concerning the development and characterization of polymer functional materials with designed properties.

In particular, we offer services in the preparation and implementation of organosilicon polymer technology as well as advanced research in the field of hybrid systems, polysiloxanes (e.g. resins), silanes and waterproofing/water-repellent surfaces. Moreover, we provide assessment of the thermo-mechanical, rheological, thermal, surface and porosity properties together with the expertise and assistance in polymer materials, including advanced training and workshops.

Synthesis Laboratory I & II

In the laboratory hybrid organic-inorganic materials and nanoporous materials in the form of powders, thin films or monoliths based on sol-gel process are obtained. Moreover, composite materials, nanoadditives, nanocomposite and nanostructured materials including functional and protective layers are developed.

Polymer Physicochemistry Laboratory

The laboratory conducts research on physicochemistry of polymer materials and composites including molecular weight and structure evaluation, identification of polymer materials and plastics (qualitative and quantitative analysis).

Thermal Analysis Laboratory

In the laboratory thermophysical properties of polymers and composites are tested including thermal degradation of polymer materials, thermomechanical analysis, dynamic mechanical analysis or thermal conductivity measurements.

Porosity Analysis Laboratory I & II

The laboratory conducts porosity measurements for powders and solids, including micro- and mesoporosity tests, highly precise studies of chemical adsorption and temperature-programmed reactions to determine catalytic properties of catalyst, catalyst support, or other materials, and fully automated density tests providing very accurate measurements of volume and density in a wide range of materials.

Surface Analysis Laboratory

The laboratory conducts stability measurements of suspensions, emulsions, foams and aerosols, research on wettability and surface free energy together with particle size and zeta potential analysis.

Polymer Rheology Laboratory

The laboratory provides numerous rheological tests to measure the viscosity of polymers ranging from single point tests like Melt Flow Rate (MFR) and Melt Flow Index (MFI), temperature characteristics as heat deflection temperature (HDT) and the Vicat softening temperature (Vicat) tests to sophisticated variable shear rate tests like Capillary Rheometry Shear Sweeps.

Plastics Processing Laboratory

In the laboratory polymer composites are prepared from the granules and / or various additives by extrusion and injection-molding systems. It is possible to produce nano-composites on a lab-scale (in an amount of 5-8 g) using extrusion and compounding equipment and pilot-scale (in an amount of about 5 kg) using a single screw extruder. In addition, the materials can be sandblasted with corundum grains.

Flammability Tests Laboratory

The laboratory conducts flammability tests of polymers and plastics to determine the full characteristics of the burning process and optical density of smoke generated by materials.

Aging Tests Laboratory – download the leaflet

In the laboratory accelerated aging tests are performed via thermal resistance tests of materials and products (including thermal shock), salt spray corrosion tests containing variable cycles, exposure to high humidity and UV radiation.



Synthesis laboratory I

Vacuum dryer (Binder VD 115)
High-power ultrasonic homogenizer 1.7 kW (Hielscher Ultrasonics UIP 500)
Hydraulic press 400kN (Carver AutoSeries NE)
Mechanical stirrer (Heidolph, Hei-Torque 400)
Vibratory Sieve Shaker AS 200 (Retsch)
Spin-coater (SPS Europe B.V. Spin 150)
Dip-coater (KSV NIMA Single Vessel)
Spray-coater (SRIPRO-TS1)
Low-pressure plasma system (Zepto, Diener)
Pressure reactor system PARR 2L, 130 bar (Parr Instruments 4534)

Synthesis laboratory II

Rotative solid-phase microwave reactor (RothoSYNTH Milestone)
High pressure reactorBolted Closure 1L, up to 400 bar (Autoclave Engineers Inc.)
Glove box system (MBraun UNILAB PRO SP 1250/780)
Vacuumdryer (Binder VD 53)
Rotary evaporatorwith pumps (Heidolph Hei-VAP)
Mortar grinder RM 200 (Retsch)
Cutting mill SM 300 (Retsch)
Planetaryballmill PM 100 CM (Retsch)
Ultra centrifugal mill ZM 200 (Retsch)
CryoMill (Retsch)

Polymer physicochemistry laboratory

Thermal analyzer (TG-DSC/DTA) coupledtoQMS and IR with ATR (Netzsch STA 449 F1 Jupiter; Bruker FTIR Tensor 27; QMS Aeolos)
High temperature dilatometer DIL (Netzsch DIL 402C)
Thermal diffusivity analyzer LFA (Netzsch LFA 457 MicroFlash)
Thermal conductivity analyzer HFM (Netzsch HFM 436 Lambda)
Dielectric analyzer DEA (Netzsch DEA 288 Epsilon)
Gel permeation chromatography system GPC-SEC 1260 Infinity (Agilent Technologies)
Spectrometer MALDI Autoflex III TOF/TOF (Bruker)

Thermal analysis laboratory

Differential scanning calorimeter with modulated temperature MT-DSC (Mettler-Toledo DSC1)
Differential scanning calorimeter Flash-DSC (Mettler-Toledo Flash DSC1)
Differential scanning calorimeter High-Pressure-DSC (Mettler Toledo HP DSC1)
Thermogravimetric analyzer TG (Mettler Toledo TGA2)
Dynamicmechanicalanalyzer DMA (Mettler Toledo DMA/SDTA 861)
Thermomechanicalanalyzer TMA (Mettler Toledo TMA/SDTA1 LN 600 i TMA/SDTA 1 LF 1100)

Porosity analysis laboratory

Physisorption analyzer (Micromeritics 3Flex)
Chemisorption analyzer (Micromeritics AutoChem II)
Helium pycnometer (Micromeritics AccuPyc 1340)
Mercury porosimeter MIP (Micromeritics AutoPore IV 9510)

Surface analysis laboratory

Emulsion stability analyzer Multiscan MS20 (DataPhysics)
Goniometer OCA 35 (DataPhysics)
Tensiometer DCAT11 (DataPhysics)
Zetasizer Nano range analyzer (Malvern ZS)
Colorimeter UltraScan Pro (HunterLab)
Gloss-meter Novo-Gloss Trio 20/60/85˚(Rhopoint Instruments Ltd.)

Polymer rheology laboratory

Melt flow tester/plastometer (Instron CEAST MF 50)
Heat deflection temperature (HDT) and Vicat tester (Instron CEAST HV 500)
Capillary rheometer with a max. force range of 50 kN (Instron CEAST SR50)
Rotational viscometer with ultra low adapter (3 cP) and Thermosel system up to 300°C (Brookfield DV2TRV)

Plastics processing laboratory

Micro extruder (Haake MINI Lab II, 5-8 grams of material)
Micro injection molding system (Haake MINI Jet II, 5-8 grams of material)
Single screw extruder (Zamak, ca. 5 kg of material)
Cabin gritter/Sandblaster (SBC 350 Bass Polska)

Flammability tests laboratory

Cone calorimeter (FTT CONE O2/CO2/CO)
Smoke density chamber (FTT NBS SDC)
Temperature and oxygen index apparatus (FTT OI+TOI)
Plastic flammability testing apparatus UL94 (FTT UL 94)
Thermal imaging camera FLIR X 6540 (Flir)

Aging tests laboratory

UV accelerated aging chamber (Q- LAB QUV Spray)
Thermal shock chamber (WEISS TS 60)
Climatic chamber (WEISS WK3 340/70)
Salt fog chamber (WEISS S.C. KWT 450/SO2)
Weighing furnace incl. scale (L9/12/SW Nabertherm GmbH)

Jacek Marczak PhD – Laboratory Manager
Kamila Startek MSc.Eng.– Testing Engineer
Wojciech Stawiński PhD – Testing Engineer

Marta Fiedot-Toboła MSc.Eng.– Inżynier Badań
Katarzyna Wal  MSc.Eng– Assistant for Science and Technology
Michał Piłkowski MSc.Eng – Testing Engineer

Publishings 2018
O. Rac-Rumijowska, M. Fiedot-Tobola, I. Karbownik, H. Teterycz, „Influence of Bulk Silver Nanoparticles on Surface Layer Properties in Nanocomposite Cellulose Fibers” 2018 41st International Spring Seminar on Electronics Technology (ISSE), May 2018, Pages 1–5
A. Bastrzyk, M. Fiedot-Toboła, I. Polowczyk, K. Legawiec, G. Płaza, (2018). „Effect of a lipopeptide biosurfactant on the precipitation of calcium carbonate”, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, Volume 174, February 2019, Pages 145-152
J. Pagacz, E. Hebda, B. Janowski, D. Sternik, M. Jancia, K. Pielichowski, „Thermal decomposition studies on polyurethane elastomers reinforced with polyhedral silsesquioxanes by evolved gas analysis”, Polymer Degradation and Stability, Volume 149, March 2018, Pages 129-142

A. Leszczyńska, K. Stafin, J. Pagacz, M. Mičušík, M. Omastova, E. Hebda, J. Pielichowski, D. Borschneck, J. Rose, K. Pielichowski, “The effect of surface modification of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) by acid chlorides on the structural and thermomechanical properties of biopolyamide 4.10 nanocomposites” Industrial Crops and Products, Volume 116, June 2018, Pages 97–108

Publishings 2017
P. Kamiński, “The application of FTIR in situ spectroscopy combined with methanol adsorption to the study of mesoporous sieve SBA-15 with cerium-zirconium oxides modified with gold and copper species”, Arabian Journal of Chemistry,

Publishings 2016
J. Pagacz, E. Hebda, S. Michałowski, J. Ozimek, D. Sternik, K. Pielichowski, Polyurethane foams chemically reinforced with POSS – thermal degradation studies, Thermochimica Acta, zaakceptowana do druku
J. Nizioł, J. Fiodor, J. Pagacz, E. Hebda, M. Marzec, E. Gondek, I. Kityk, DNA  – hexadecyltrimethyl ammonium chloride complex with enhanced – thermostability as promising  electronic and optoelectronic material, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics, DOI: 10.1007/s10854-016-5519-9, zaakceptowana do druku
K. Startek, M. Kargol, F. Granek, Silica-based transparent barrier layers for solar cells application, Materials Today: Proceedings 3, 2617–2622, (2016)
J. Marczak, M. Kargol, M. Psarski, G. Celichowski, Modification of epoxy resin, silicon and glass surfaces with alkyl- or fluoroalkylsilanes for hydrophobic properties, Applied Surface Science, 380, 91-100, (2016)
P. Małecki, M. Królewicz, F. Hiptmair, J. Krzak, J. Kaleta, Z. Major, J. Pigłowski, Influence of carbonyl iron particle coating with silica on the properties of magnetorheological elastomers, Smart Materials and Structures, 25, 1-18, (2016)
J. Pagacz, K.N. Raftopoulos, A. Leszczyńska, K. Pielichowski, Bio-polyamides based on renewable raw materials. Glass transition and crystallinity studies, Journal Of Thermal Analysis And Calorimetry, 123(2), 1225-1237, (2016)
T.M. Majka, O. Bartyzel, K.N. Raftopoulos, J. Pagacz, A. Leszczyńska, K. Pielichowski, Recycling of polypropylene/montmorillonite nanocomposites bypyrolysis, Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 119, 1–7, (2016)

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