Laboratory

Laboratory

Laboratory of Biodegradable Materials

Head of Laboratory: 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: prof. dr hab. Andrzej Dworak

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 Polymer Materials for Optoelectronics and Nonlinear Optics

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

tel. +48 32 271 60 77 ext. 112
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The Laboratory conducts tests in the field of:

  • Designing and synthesis of new monomers for obtaining new conjugated polymers for optoelectronics and nonlinear optics using polycondensation and electrochemistry.
  • Producing thin polymer and organic layers as well as layered structures using vacuum evaporation techniques, chemical vapor deposition and spinning.
  • Testing the impact of the structure and morphology of thin polymer and organic layers on their electron structure, optical and electric properties.
  • Tests of the I-V characteristic curves with regard to optoelectronic properties of organic diode structures with a Schottky barrier and polymer photovoltaic structures with a volumetric p-n junction.
  • Application of computer methods in designing and analyzing optoelectronic properties.

 

Laboratory of Polycondensation Materials Engineering

Head of Laboratory: dr hab. Aleksandra Wolińska-Grabczyk

tel. +48 32 271 60 77 ext. 784
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Research carried out by the department is focused on the structure of polycondensation materials and the methodology of its modelling as well as on the analysis of the impact that structure has on selected properties, including small molecule permeation and photochromic properties. The scope of the studies involves synthesis and post-modification of the polymers, the preparation of the polymer blends and composite materials as well as their advanced characteristics. The research concern membrane materials intended for gas, vapour or liquid separations and also materials for photonics and optoelectronics.

Our current topics of investigation:

  • Synthesis and characteristics of polyimide, polyamide, and polyurethane materials with tailored made structure for membrane separation of a given fluid mixture.
  • Preparation and characterization of mixed-matrix membranes (MMM) composed of continuous polymer matrix and dispersed inorganic particles (zeolites, silica, metal-organic frameworks (MOF)).
  • Synthesis and characteristics of low molecular photochromic compounds (azo-dyes, dianhydrides, diamines), functionalized azopolyimides and ‘guest-host’ systems, where the azo-dye is molecularly dispersed in a polymer matrix or connected with it by non-covalent interactions.

 

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

 

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:
dr hab. Barbara Trzebicka, tel. +48 32 271-60-77 w. 755


 
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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