Mag. Andrea Steitz (Ext. -37, Email)
The specialized division “Pulp and Paper” deals predominantly with projects supporting the pulp and paper industry in implementing ecological and economical paper manufacturing processes. This encompasses research activities in the field of pulp and paper production ranging from the implementation of the Water Framework Directive to the ecological use of residual materials from paper manufacturing. Projects are carried out predominantly in partnership with the Austrian pulp and paper industry but also in international cooperation with European Partner Institutes.
In national and international research projects, recycling processes are developed which facilitate the gentle use of resources in paper manufacturing.
Persistent active agents (e.g. chelating agents) which are harmful to the environment, are being replaced by alternative biocompatible substances.
An international research project is aiming to develop biodegradable modified organic coatings based on renewable resources for photographic paper and packaging materials.
Using DGGE fingerprinting the development of biofilms in industrial equipment was investigated alongside its possible correlation with corresponding parameters. By employing cloning techniques bacteria actively involved in the formation of biofilms were identified.
Enzymatic bleaching, enzymatic deinking, enzymatic removal of extraneous material/impurities
The department of pulp and paper is accredited for all the tests offered. These cover the following testing methods (limited selection, further tests by request):
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