Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology

The AGH UST Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology was officially established in July 2013. The Centre evolved from an initiative called CZT AKCENT MAŁOPOLSKA, in which besides AGH UST active participants were the Jagiellonian University and the Cracow University of Technology. The main tasks of the Centre concern research in the field of engineering materials, nanomaterials and nanotechnology in general.


The Centre features six Research Lines and two Research Groups, which conduct fundamental and practical research of metals, semiconductors, composite materials and their nanostructures. In particular, research with the use of microscopy, 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 executed in ultra-low temperatures (T=10 mK) are also remarkable. Research conducted at the Centre also concerns the development of nanoparticles for diagnostic and medical applications.


Theoretical research carried out by the Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology concerns the problems of electron states and conductivity, the connection topological insulator-graphene and superconductor-graphene, as well as the theory of high-temperature superconductors.


The Centre also conducts research of practical character concerning organic optoelectronic devices, sensors for fast biochemical analysis, the technology of developing new nanostructures of metal oxides for photocatalysis and gas sensors, memory M-RAM and STT-RAM, and nanostructures 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.


In the field of ceramic materials, the Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology conducts research into self-developing high-temperature synthesis of nanocomposites of unique physicochemical properties, as well as the development of nanosuspensions of controlled rheological properties, suitable for shaping with the use of rapid prototyping methods.