Experimental and Computational Micro-Characterization Techniques in Wood Mechanics

Research Institute


Department of life sciences: plant biochemistry and biophysics, with special accent on physiology of stress; related analysis of molecular components involved in biochemical processes; analysis of the electrical potentials from brain of various experimental animals; development of new linear and nonlinear mathematical models in analysis of spectra and biological signals.

Department of material science: synthesis and characterization of new materials for application in electronics, metallurgy, environmental protection, industry of fuel; thin film deposition, producing thin films of excellent quality using well-known chemical methods and some original methods.

Department of environmental protection: Ecophysiology of fish with special accent on mineral nutrition; bioremediation of the soil and water, especially concerning organic pollutants; management of surface waters; energy conversion and renewable sources of energy with special accent on energy of wind and biomass.


Equipment for recording of optical spectra: Spectrofluorimeter (Jobin Yvon Horiba), for solid and liquid samples; UV-VIS spectrophotometer (Shimadzu UV-2501), for liquid samples

Equipment for recording of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra: EPR spectrometer (Varian)

Equipment for wide angle X ray measurements: X ray difractometer (Rigaku geigerflex), \theta = 0 - 120°

Equipment for preparation of thin films of various materials, inorganic and organic: spin-coater

Microscopes: Transmission electronic microscope (TESCAN Vega TS 5130 MM: high vacuum microscope with SE (secondary electron) and BSE (backscattered electron) detectors with maximum resolution of 3 nm; Optical microscope

Equipment for measurements of the content of the analysed samples (plants, soil etc.) HPLC-MS (Waters); ICP for total content of all elements in the sample

Equipment for electrophoretical separation of proteins and some other polymers: Multiphore II for 1D and 2D electrophoresis (Pharmacia biotech)

Equipment for DNA and RNA analyses in the plant and animal samples: PCR

Equipment for sample preparation and extraction: FastPrep tissue and cell homogenizer (MP Biomedicals); ball mills

Equipment for controlled atmospheric conditions during reactions: nitrogen dry box (PLAS labs)

Tubular and chamber furnaces (max temperature 1450 ºC)

Chemical laboratory and laboratory for preparation of plant samples for experiments, with corresponding equipment: pH meters, centrifuges, analytical and technical balances, magnetic stirrers with heating