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Bioactive nanomaterials with 2D crystal structure

Biomaterials

Biomaterials constitute a specific group of materials with different composition and properties that are designed to interact with elements of living systems to influence therapeutic or diagnostic processes, as independent entities or in complex systems.

Ceramics, ceramic-metal composites and biomimetic materials

Optimization of ceramic-metal composites fabrication. Influence of the metal phase on the microstructure and properties of composites. Ceramic-metal interface.

Characteristics of materials after plastic deformation

The research work focuses mainly on the processes of severe plastic deformation and the accompanying effects of microstructure and properties changes.

Computer modeling in materials design

The scope of research includes design of novel engineering materials with particular emphasis on computer modeling techniques of structure, properties and materials processes. The main area of interest are materials applied in molten carbonate fuel cells (MCFC), open porous foam materials applied as filters and heat exchanger materials, as well as nanometals, dispersive composites and semiconductors.

Electrochemical and chemical treatments

The coatings can be divided in terms of the way they are produced into electrolytic coatings - galvanic (nickel, copper), coatings deposited by chemical reduction (nickel, phosphorus and zinc), chemical conversion coatings (phosphate) and coatings produced by electrochemical anodic  oxidation and plasma electrolytic oxidation.

Magnetic materials

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

Materials Degradation

The group’s main area of interest is research and analysis of phenomena of corrosive and erosive-corrosive wear of metallic materials and degradation of polymers and composites.

Materials for aviation and transport

The team's research concentrates on the design of innovative material solutions used in modern aircraft constructions and transport. It is applied research, which includes design, manufacturing, microstructure and properties characteristics, as well as practical use of materials in the aviation and transport sectors.

Materials for power industry

The research carried out in the group covers a wide range of issues related to modeling, manufacturing and characterization as well as practical use of materials for modern energy production systems.

Materials for the mining industry

Research conducted by the team in the field of materials used in the mining industry concentrates on two main areas. The main point of interest is the development of new material solutions, including obtaining and studying the properties of polymeric binders, ceramic proppants and hydraulic fluids used in mining processes.

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.
 

Mechanical properties

The group’s main activity is related to the topic of mechanical properties testing of materials, both in accordance with standards and non-standardized tests.

Nanocrystalline and ultrafine grained materials

Nanocrystalline and ultrafine grained materials are a new class of structural and functional materials characterized by a polycrystalline structure with a grain size of hundreds of nanometers (ultrafine grained materials) or tens of nanometers (nanocrystalline materials).

NANOSTAL – technologies of heat and thermochemical treatment

The interest of our group focuses on shaping mechanical and functional properties of steel via selection of chemical composition and heat treatment to obtain optimal phase composition and microstructure.

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.

Polymer matrix composites

Composite materials are a group of innovative structural or functional materials widely utilized in many industries, e.g., aviation, automotive, public transportation, machine building, as well as sport goods.

Polymers

The research group specializes in analysis of the relationship between the structure and properties of various polymer materials. For many years, the group has been dealing with applications of various groups of polyurethane materials.

Surface treatments in low temperature plasma

Our group develops unique methods of surface modification of materials, including multi-component and composite surface layers with a nanocrystalline structure. Excellent functional properties of the produced layers have already gained national and international recognition, confirmed by applications in medicine and industry.