Independent Laboratory of Polymer Structures

Research in the Department of Polymer Structure is focused on study and development of polymer based materials for advanced applications. The activity is directed towards modification of crystallization behaviour, structure and properties of polymer based materials: polymer composites and nanocomposites, multilayered films, polymer blends and biodegradable polymers. In particular our research activity concerns:

  • Polymer based composites and nanocomposites reinforced with fibers and nanofibers of polymeric or nonpolymeric materials, exfoliated silicates, micro- and nanopowders.
  • Static and shear induced crystallization of polymer nanocomposites.
  • Nucleation activity of nanofillers.
  • Development of novel nanocomposites based on petrochemical and/or biodegradable polymers for packaging materials.
  • Mechanism of plastic deformation of composite materials.
  • Crystallization and properties of polymer blends and multilayered polymer systems.
  • Influence of confinement on crystallization in polymer micro- and nanodroplets and in polymer micro- and  nanolayers.
  • Development of novel biodegradable polymer blends with improved mechanical performance for fibers and  packaging.
  • Kulinski Z.; Piorkowska E.; Gadzinowska K.; Stasiak M.:
    Plasticization of poly(L-lactide) with poly(propylene glycol). 
    ecules 20067:2128-2135.
  • Piorkowska E.; Galeski A.; Haudin J.K.:
    Critical assessment of overall crystallization theories and predictions. 
    Prog. Polym. Sci
    200631: 549-575.
  • Masirek R.; Piorkowska E.; Galeski A.; Hiltner A.; Baer E.:
    High pressure Crystallization of HDPE Droplets.
    Macromolecules 2008, 4: 8086–8094.
  • Lezak E.; Kulinski Z.; Masirek R.; Piorkowska E.; Pracella M.; Gadzinowska K.;
    Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Green Polylactide Composites with Natural   Fillers. 
    Macromol. Biosci.
     2008, 8: 1190–120.
  • Murariu M.; Ferreira A.D.; Pluta M.; Bonnaud L.; Alexandre M.; Dubois P.:
    Polylactide (PLA)-CaSO4 composites toughened with low molecular weight and polymeric ester-like plasticizers and related performances.
    Eur. Polym. J2008,44: 3842-3852.
  • Pluta M.; Murariu M.; Alexandre M.; Galeski A.; Dubois P.:
    Polylactide compositions. The influence of ageing on the structure, thermal and viscoelastic properties of PLA/calcium sulfate composites. 
    Polym. Degrad. Stab.
     2008,93: 925-931.
  • Rozanski A.; Monasse B.; Szkudlarek E.; Pawlak A.; Piorkowska E.; Galeski A.; Haudin J.M.:
    Shear induced crystallization of isotactic polypropylene based nanocomposites with montmorillonite.
    Eur. Polym. J. 2009, 45: 88–101.
  • Masirek R.; Piorkowska E.:
    Nucleation of crystallization in isotactic polypropylene and polyoxymethylene with poly(tetrafluoroethylene) particles.
    Eur. Polym. J. 2010, 46: 1436-1445.
  • Kowalczyk M.; Piorkowska E.; Kulpinski P.; Pracella M.:
    Mechanical and thermal properties of PLA composites with cellulose nanofibers and standard size fibers.
    Composites: Part A Appl. Sci. Manuf. 2011, 42:1509-1514.
  • Kowalczyk M.; Piorkowska E.:
    Mechanisms of Plastic Deformation in Biodegradable Polylactide/Poly(1,4-cis-isoprene) Blends.
    J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2012, 124: 4579-4589.
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