Laboratory

Laboratory

Laboratory of Biodegradable Materials

Head of Laboratory: prof. dr hab. Grażyna Adamus

tel. +48 32 271 60 77 ext. 226
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The Laboratory conducts tests in the field of:

  • Syntheses of aliphatic biopolyester analogs obtained, among other methods, through anionic polymerization of β-lactones
  • Application of multistage mass spectrometry in testing the structure of (co)polymers as well as mechanisms of polyreaction and (bio)degradation of polymers
  • Processing and modification of biodegradable properties of polymer materials, as well as testing the relation between the structure and the properties and biodegradation of new polymer materials and composites

The Laboratory cooperates with national and European scientific centers and has experience in executing domestic and international research projects.

 

Laboratory of Nano- and Microstructural Materials

Head of Laboratory: dr hab. inż. Agnieszka Kowalczuk

tel. +48 32 271 60 77 ext. 128
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The Laboratory of Nano- and Microstructural Materials conducts tests in the field of:

  • Application of living and controlled polymerization methods
  • Controlled syntheses of amphiphilic polymers
  • Syntheses and testing the properties of star-shaped and branched polymers
  • Self-organization of amphiphilic polymers in an aqueous environment, as well as polymers with a nonlinear macromolecule structure
  • Polymers reacting to environmental stimuli (“smart polymers”), especially in the aspect of biomedical applications

The laboratory teams manage the execution of or are involved in the implementation of a number of research projects, including projects funded as part of the “Innovative Economy” program, projects of the 7th EU Framework Program, Applied Research Program of the National Center for Research and Development, research projects of the National Science Center and others.

 

Laboratory of Polymer Biomedical Materials

Head of Laboratory: prof. dr hab. Janusz Kasperczyk

tel. +48 32 271 60 77 ext. 230
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The activities of the Laboratory revolve around the synthesis of new biodegradable materials for application in medicine and pharmacy, mainly for constructing biodegradable implants, resorbable beds for tissue cultures as well as systems for the controlled release of medicinal substances. Studies are performed on the mechanism of initiation and growth of homo- and copolymer chains using nontoxic initiators, which ensures biocompatibility of obtained materials with human tissue. Designing the microstructure of copolymer chains enables controlling the resorbtion time of products made from obtained polymer materials, and in the case of CDDS – controlling also the kinetics of releasing medicinal substances.

 

Laboratory of Functional Materials Engineering

Head of Laboratory: prof. dr hab. inż. Ewa Schab-Balcerzak

tel. +48 32 271 60 77 ext. 112
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The subject of research at the laboratory is focused on determining the influences chemical structures have on the properties of new materials, both of low-molecular compounds and polymers. These properties are the deciding factor in terms of possible applications in organic optoelectronics, photonics, and as advanced membrane materials.
The scope of research at the laboratory consists of synthesizing functional materials and investigating their advanced characteristics. The modification of obtained compound chemical structures is carried out in order to obtain the specific properties (optical, electrical, mechanical and separation) based on the principles of molecular and supramolecular engineering. These methods involve modifications made at the synthesis stage, as well as chemical post-modifications using the appropriate functional groups, and also physical modifications including the preparation of thin films, blends and heterogeneous materials, which contain appropriately dispersed molecular compounds, taking into account the method of their production.
An important aspect of the research is the application of selected compounds as components found in the active layers of photovoltaic cells, light-emitting diodes, as layers arranging liquid crystals, as well as materials exhibiting a photomechanical effect or used for the production of gas separation membranes, including those membranes in which separation and transport properties can be controlled by light.

 

Laboratory of Carbon and Polymer-Carbon Materials

Head of Laboratory: dr hab. inż. Urszula Szeluga

tel. +48 32 271 60 77 ext. 751
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The Laboratory of Carbon and Polymer-Carbon Materials carries out research in the field of:

  • Preparation of new polymer composites with various carbon materials as nano- and microfillers  and determination of the interactions between matrix and filler particles dependently on filler's structure and the degree of its dispersion in the polymer matrix
  • Functionalization of well-ordered carbon materials to obtain mono- and multilayered graphene structures for application in polymer composites
  • Preparation and characterization of carbon foams from polymer wastes and by-products of commercial polymer production
  • Synthesis and optimization of process parameters for graphene and 3D-graphene structures over metal oxide supports
  • Preparation and physicochemical characterization of carbon nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes, nanofibres and graphene materials) and their hybrids with metals and metal oxides, as well as determination of relationships between their chemical composition and architecture, and catalytic and gas sensing properties.

Projects realized in the Laboratory are financed by the National Science Centre, National Centre for Research and Development and Foundation for Polish Science. The Laboratory cooperates with Polish and foreign research centers.

 

Microscopy Laboratory 

Head of Laboratory: dr hab. Sławomira Pusz

tel. +48 32 271 60 77 ext. 774
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Microscopy Laboratory conducts research of polymer and carbon materials by methods:

  • Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM):

˗ Sample preparation for TEM and cryo-TEM techniques
˗ Studying of samples in cryogenic conditions (cryo-TEM)
˗ Studying of samples at room temperature (TEM, STEM and electron diffraction studies)
˗ 3D imaging in TEM and cryo-TEM (acquisition, reconstruction and visualization)

  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM):

˗ Sample preparation for SEM
˗ Studying of samples structure or surface morphology in low- and high-vacuum mode
˗ Studying of samples in environmental mode (ESEM)
˗ Studying of suspended matter by wet-STEM technique
˗ Chemical microanalysis of samples by EDS technique
˗ Interpretation of SEM and EDS results

  • Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM):

˗ Sample preparation for AFM
˗ Standard analysis of surface morphology of samples
˗ studying of surface morphology of samples immersed in liquid
˗ studying of surface morphology of samples at elevated temperatures (to 60 oC)
˗ Interpretation of AFM results

  • Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM - Dimension ICON NanoScope IIId):
˗ Sample preparation for AFM
˗ Standard analysis of surface morphology of samples
˗ studying of surface morphology of samples immersed in liquid 
˗ Material mapping in terms of nanomechanical properties (PF-QNM) 
˗ Quantitatively characterize conductivity at the nanoscale materials (PF-TUNA)
˗ Interpretation of AFM results
 

Group of Innovation, Technology and Analysis Service 

Head of Laboratory: prof. dr hab. inż. Marek Kowalczuk

tel. +48 32 271 60 77 ext. 126
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Address and contact details

Our Address:
ul. M. Curie-Skłodowskiej 34
41-819 Zabrze
Phone/Fax:
Tel. +48 32 271-60-77
Fax +48 32 271-29-69
 
Rzecznik prasowy:
Prof. dr hab. Grażyna Adamus, tel. +48 32 271-60-77 w. 226


 
Inspektor Ochrony Danych:
mgr Paulina Gąsior, tel. +48 32 271-60-77 w. 236
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In short

The Center belongs to category A of scientific facilities in Poland. It was established on January 1, 2007 as a result of a merger of the Center of Polymer Chemistry of PAN in Zabrze and the Institute of Carbochemistry of PAN in Gliwice – two centers of the Polish Academy of Sciences which, for many years, had been conducting systematic work on the production and properties of macromolecular polymer and carbon materials.

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