Paper has been extensively used for thousands of years. It is a highly porous, bendable and foldable, but non-elastic nonwoven. Its flat structure consists of randomly arranged and connected fibrous building blocks – mainly consisting of cellulose, the most abundant renewable polymer on earth – exhibiting a broad distribution of sizes and geometries.
Previous research has focused mainly on optimization of the processing parameters and material properties for its standard applications, such as packaging, writing and printing materials or tissue paper. However, the continuously increasing demand on renewable and biocompatible materials shifts the focus of the paper research, in order to extend the scope of application of this interesting material beyond these classic application areas.
Its unique intrinsic properties and versatile modification potential predestines paper for the use as functional material for sensor technology, microfluidics and a plethora of other sophisticated applications. In order to use paper for such “high-tech applications”, fundamental understanding of the relationship between chemical constitution, production parameters and material properties is crucial. However, the complexity of the material is still highly challenging and it has to be processed, functionalized and characterized on multiscales to obtain a representative material profile.
Research @ FiPRe
The joint research project FiPRe is divided in 3 project areas. A: synthesis and modification B: analysis and modelling C: new and optimized applications
On this page you can find the publications that are published within the FiPRe project.
The people who conduct research within the framework of the FiPRe project.
- Department of Microsystems Engineering Freiburg
- Dispersive Solids
- Geomaterial Science
- Junior Research Group Gutmann
- Macromolecular Chemistry: Chemistry of Polymers
- Macromolecular Chemistry: Smart Hybrid Membranes
- Macromolecular Chemistry and Paper Chemistry
- Mechanics of Functional Materials
- Membrane Dynamics
- Paper Technology and Mechanical Process Engineering
- Physics of Surfaces
- Polymer Chemistry Saarbrücken
- Soft Matter at Interfaces
- Technical Chemistry