Decrypting the Mechanical Properties of Paper
Eduard Gilli
16:15 - 17:15 Tuesday 09 November 2010 TUG

Paper as a functional material is known and used for about 4000 years. However, little is known today about the microscopic mechanisms of the bonding of individual paper fibers. This is the key knowledge for further improvement of paper properties.

Within the framework of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Surface Chemical and Physical Fundamentals of Paper Strength, deeper understanding of fiber bonding shall be obtained, to find new ways towards further improvement of paper.

Within my PhD Thesis, Analysis of the surface chemistry and surface Physics of cellulose Fibers, Papers, and Cellulose model films is carried out by infra red spectroscopy. In this talk I will give some information about the used spectroscopic techniques and the analysis of the data by optical simulation.