The Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants is an interdisciplinary research centre with international standing, involved in complex research on obtaining and processing of fibrous and herbal raw materials.
The Institute is involved in a number of national and international research projects; cooperates multi directionally with numerous research centres worldwide; works for agriculture, environment protection, construction, transport, food and pharmaceutical industries and medicine.
The Centres for Excellence CELLUBAST and Medicinal Plants in Nutrition and Medicine, Accredited Flammability as well as Textile Laboratories (Polish Centre for Accreditation No. AB 225) operate at the INF&MP. These centres and laboratories use the state-of-the-art equipment allowing for conducting flammability tests of different materials, including textiles, specific for the area of application and physico-mechanical tests of these materials.
The main fields of INF&MP activities:
The research conducted at the Institute covers also utilization of polluted land by cultivation of non-food crops, use of co-products from processing of textile raw materials and modern composite materials based on textile raw materials. We are also involved in production of textiles made of natural fibres and blends.
Nanotechnology (nano-fibres from natural resources and nano-modifiers for intumescent fire retardant systems) is also of interest for the Institute’s research staff. The outcomes of this work are patented fire retardants and fire retardant systems developed at the Institute – Fobos and intumescent varnish for wood Expander FR. Another fire retardant product developed at the Institute is fire barrier composite resistant to long time effect of temperatures reaching 1200oC used as a filling in steel fire door.
Another field of research conducted at the INF&MP is determining the physiological effect of fibres, fabrics and other textile products on human organism.