Division of Structural and Functional Materials

The research area of the Division of Structural and Functional Materials focuses on designing and characterization of metallic and non-metallic structural and functional materials.

Major groups of these materials comprise soft and hard magnetic materials, metallic glasses, polymers, metal and polymer matrix composites and smart materials. Special emphasis is placed on nanostructured materials. Recent activities have also been related to the problems of recycling of metals from electronic and electric scrap. The main processing methods available in the Division comprise mechanical alloying, melt spinning, and powder metallurgy. The research activity is related to the study of the effect of various factors on the structure and microstructure of materials.

Professor Marcin Leonowicz, Head of Division of Structural and Functional Materials

Research groups

Amorphous and Nanocrystalline, Magnetically Soft Materials Group

High Entropy Alloys

High Entropy Alloys (HEA) are multicomponent metallic alloys consisting of at least 5 elements in equimolar or near equimolar proportions, showing simple phase composition and unique properties.

Magnetic materials

The research group is engaged in the processing, characterisation and application of magnetic materials.

Mechanical alloying and powder sintering

Fabrication of alloys and composites by mechanical alloying and sintering of the obtained powders, structure and properties studies of powders and sinters.

Metallic Glass Team

The team is located in the Division of Structural and Functional Materials. Its members prepare metallic glasses (MGs) in the form of ribbons (15-50 μm) as well as rods and plates (1-20 mm) and also study their structure and properties. The team has been accumulating extensive experience for over 50 years, being the first in Eastern Europe to undertake and explore this topic.

Non-Newtonian fluids

The research group is engaged in the processing, characterization and application of non-Newtonian fluids, with a special focus on shear thickening fluids.