Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology

The AGH UST Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology (ACMiN) was officially established in July 2013 as a result of a project of the 2nd axis of the "Innovative Economy" Operational Programme entitled “Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology”, in a form of “basic organisational unit of the university other than a faculty”. Research has been carried out by the Centre since mid-2014. As a result of categorisation conducted two years after the beginning of its activity, the Centre obtained scientific category A, sustained in the categorisation of all scientific units conducted in 2017, and changed into category A+ as a result of an appeal procedure. Currently, the Centre employs 33 scientists and researchers, and 8 administrative and technical staff, including 10 individuals financed from external grants. Until the end of 2019, the researchers completed or carried out nearly 60 grants, including several European grants from the programme HORIZON 2020, and also published nearly 500 papers, a vast majority of which were published in indexed journals (JCR).   

The main tasks of the Centre concern research in the field of materials and nanomaterials engineering, and nanotechnology in general. The Centre features six Research Lines and four Research Teams, which conduct fundamental and practical research into metallic, semiconducting, magnetic and polymer materials, and well as their composites and nanostructures. In particular, research with the use of electron microscopy, a scanning probe, and x-ray and gamma spectroscopy is being developed. Research is also conducted into the modelling of intermolecular forces and optoelectronic devices, such as light-emitting diodes, transistors, and solar cells. Unique measurements of physical properties carried out in ultra-low temperatures (T=10 mK) are also remarkable. Research conducted by the Centre also concerns the development of nanoparticles as well as micro- and nanostructural polymer materials, for example, for the purpose of diagnostic and medical applications. Theoretical research at the Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology concerns such areas as strongly correlated systems and unconventional superconductivity, as well as the modelling of electron transportation in nanostructures. Research is also conducted into modelling and simulating materials in micro scale, as well as intelligent structures, whose construction is based on carbon nanotubes, and also materials for building artificial synapses, neurons, and synthetic neural networks.   

The Centre also conducts research of practical character concerning, for example, organic optoelectronic devices, sensors for fast biochemical analysis, sensors for the measurement of mechanical properties based on nanotechnologies, including multimodal sensors, as well as the technology of developing nanostructures of metal oxides for photocatalysis and gas sensors, and the elements of spin logics. Within the field of materials engineering, research is carried out into the mechanisms of plastic deformation and strengthening in metallic materials, the properties of metals and alloys after significant plastic deformation, layered materials and coatings, as well as gas absorption in metals and alloys. New metallic materials designed for particularly hard conditions are also a subject of research. The Centre carries out projects connected with the development of new solutions in the field of producing and testing solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC).   

There is also research on polymer drug carriers and scaffolds for cell culturing.   

Apart from its own research projects financed from the research subsidy and grants, the Centre offers commercial research services commissioned by other scientific units and institutions, and business entities (Polish and international).