Experimental and Computational Micro-Characterization Techniques in Wood Mechanics

Research Institute


The “P. Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry is an Institute of excellence of the Romanian Academy. Established in February 1949, the Institute has a long tradition of over fifty years in fundamental and applied research in the field of organic and inorganic chemistry, polymer chemistry and physics. PPIMC is located on 10000 m2 (3000 m2 buildings, 7000 m2 garden) in a residential area of Iasi.

The activity is carried out in 156 research rooms with technical, research and multimedia equipment/facilities. The research activity uses an internal computer network with Internet connection, a conference hall, a library, and exhibition spaces.

The Institute employs 97 researchers, 11 of them being PhD theses promoters, the latter covering polymer chemistry, organic chemistry, polymer physics, physical chemistry, and photochemistry. About 40% of the research personnel, including the PhD students, are under 35 years of age.

Scientific expertise/excellence: (i) New synthetic polymers; (ii) Chemical modification of natural polymers; (iii) Bioactive and biocompatible polymers; (iv) Solution and solid state properties of polymers and polymeric multicomponent systems; (v) Environment protection and energy conservation using polymers.

Traditionally, PPIMC is involved in scientific cooperation with research/high education centers all over the world and during its 55 years of existence acted on different occasions as a “meeting point” for researchers coming from countries separated by regional conflicts or the “iron curtain”.


The equipments available in our institute are:

  • Bruker Vertex 70 FT-IR Spectrometer
  • Bruker Avance DRX 400 NMR Spectrometer
  • UV-Vis SPECORD 200 Analytik Jena Spectrometer
  • LS 55 PerkinElmer Fluorescence Spectrometer
  • X ray diffractometer
  • Scanning Probe Microscope AFM
  • SEM
  • elemental analyzer
  • Shimadzu HPLC-MS, GC-MS-FID (Agilent Technologies)
  • contact angle instrument
  • TG-MS
  • DSC and DMA analyzers
  • weathering chamber
  • mechanical testers – impact (CEAST, Italy), hardness (Shimadzu, Japan), abrasion resistance (Bareis, Germany), tensile strength (Instron, USA)