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Research secondment of Zorana Kovacevic, T-Pot researcher at the INFMP in Poznan, Poland PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 February 2011
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Zorana Kovacevic, BSc, employed at the Faculty of Textile Technology since 1st September 2009 as the researcher on the T-Pot project, started her research secondment at the premises of Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants (INFMP) in Poznan, Poland, on 18th October 2010.

Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants (INFMP)

On the 15th of March 1930 the Flax Association in Vilnius founded the Flax Central Experimental Station (the precursor of present Institute), the first one in Poland and one of the first in Europe.
The present Institute continues the tradition and achievements of the research centres which arose due to the connection of the Flax Central Experimental Station (LCSD), Central Experimental Station of Sericulture (CSDJ) and Polish Institute of Wool Science (PIW) as well as successively transformed into the Flax and Hemp Central Experimental Station (LKCSD - since 1945), the Institute of Bast Fibre Industry (IPWL - since 1952), and the Institute of Domestic Natural Fibres (IKWN - since 1972).

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Figure 1. 25th-26th October 2010 – International Conference ''Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants – yesterday, today and tomorrow'' for jubilee 80th birthday of Institute

The Institute of Natural Fibres (INF) - from 1st January 2009 Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants (INFMP) is the only interdisciplinary research unit in Poland, which takes care of complex research of processing of natural lignocellulosic fibre raw materials such as: flax , hemp, and protein ones such as: silk and wool.

The Institute is conducting research related to natural fibers and herbal plants. The research basing on natural fibers concerns:

  • - molecular biology
  • - genetic engineering, biotechnology and agronomy of bast fibre plants
  • - technology and construction of machines used for harvesting, the way of extracting the fibre and refining it
  • - the initial processing, and also spinning, weaving, knitting and finishing technology
  • - application of lignocellulosic raw materials for the production of fabrics, knitted goods, non-woven, pulp and composites as well as utilisation of by-products arising during processing of these products
  • - application of flax and hemp seeds in pharmaceutics, food and cosmetics production and the so-called 'agrofine chemicals'
  • - technology of producing fire retardants, fungi-, and insecticides as well as germicides for the needs of fibre industry, composites and wood
  • - sewage treatment and air protection, industry contaminated land management leading to non-food plants growing.

The following Departments and laboratories were created at the Institute, as well as 7 experimental farms and 1 processing plant:

  • - Department of Biotechnology and Molecular Biology
  • - Department of Bast Fibre Plants Breeding and Agronomy
  • - Department of Linseed and Hemp Seed Research and Processing
  • - Harvesting Technology and Bast Fiber Plants Evaluation Laboratory
  • - Department of Bast Fiber Plants Processing Technology
  • - Department of Textile Technology
  • - Department of Composites
  • - Department of Spinning, Weaving and Finishing
  • - Departament of Protein Fibres (Lodz)
  • - Department of Interactive Fibres and Textiles
  • - Department of Environment Protection
  • - Department of Textile Raw Materials and Products Standarisation
  • - Department of Scientific, Technical, Economical and Patent Information
  • - Department of Marketing and Design
  • - "Natural - Art" Studio
  • - Laboratory of Silkworm Breeding and Mulberry Cultivation
  • - INF Composite R&D Team - International Bank of Natural Fibres
  • - Experimental farm Bialobrzezie
  • - Experimental farm Bukowka
  • - Experimental farm Kolnica
  • - Experimental farm Petkowo
  • - Experimental farm Sielec Stary
  • - Experimental farm Witaszyce
  • - Experimental farm Wojciechow
  • - Experimental farm and processing plant ''Lenkon'' in Steszew.

Apart from the research carried on due to status activities, ordered, aimed projects and grants, the Institute also participates in the realisation of research programmes with the co-operation of world organisations such as UNIDO, FAO and took part and still does in the projects of the 5th, 6th, 7th Framework Programme of EU. It also participates in the Co-operation Programme in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research COST.

The Institute entered a multi-directional scientific co-operation with many research centres all over the world on the basis of signed mutual agreements. The activities of the Institute concerning support and development of countries from Latin America (Ecuador, Columbia, Argentina), Africa and Asia in terms of using natural lignocellulosic textile resources.

Zorana Kovacevic, BSc has been employed at the Faculty of Textile Technology since 1st September 2009 as the researcher on the T-Pot project. On 18th October 2010 she started her research secondment at the premises of Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants (INFMP) in Poznan.

During the two months secondment at INFMP, Zorana Kovačević has studied the different methods of Spanish Broom plant maceration (water retting, osmotic degumming and enzymatic treatment) as well as physical properties of obtained fibres under the supervision of Dr. Malgorzata Zimniewska.

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Figure 2. Zorana Kovačević with members of Department of Textile Technology

Dr Eng. Malgorzata Zimniewska is a Head of Department of Textile Technology and The Laboratory of Physiological Influence of Textiles on Human Body. She developed the original method of estimation of clothing influence on human muscle activity and tiredness, as well as on oxidative stress. She investigates the aspects of textile effect on human body in condition of common life and during physical effort.
She has experience in research related to natural fibers and textiles processing, testing as well as nanotechnology application in textiles and protection by clothing against ultraviolet radiation. She carried out research on CORONA/plasma treatment applied to textile finishing, as a leader of workpackage in 5thFP project “CORTEX: CORONA Irradiation in Textile Finishing”. She investigated application of nanotechnology for natural fibers within project of 6thFP titled “FLEXIFUNBAR – Multifunctional Barriers for Flexible Structures (Textile, Leather, Paper)”. She is a coordinator of Scientific Joint Project INFMP - LENZING AG Department of Textile Innovation, Austria, titled “Physiological Influence of Textile on Human Body”.
She conducts study on application of textiles made from natural fibers as a reinforcement to composites within 7th FP EU - NATEX project titled: Natural Aligned Fibres and Textiles for Use in Structural Composite Applications and works as a leader of Workpackage. She is an international member of Management Board in project “T-Pot’ - Unlocking The Croatian Textile Research Potentials” - 7th FP EU - REGPOT – 2008.
Dr Malgorzata Zimniewska has leaded many other international and national projects. She is a co-author of patent: „Nanolignin as an Antibacterial Factor and UV Blocker for Textiles”, which was awarded with 4 gold, one silver and one bronze medals at international innovation exhibitions in Brussels, Geneva, Warsaw, Shanghai, Taipei and Zagreb.


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