Division III: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences


Center for Polymer and Carbon Materials

disciplines: physics, chemical sciences, chemical technology
fields of activity: producing new polymer and polymer-carbon materials and catalysts, examining their properties and functions, and their applications in biotechnology, microtechnology, environmental protection, and health protection

Center for Theoretical Physics

disciplines: physics
fields of activity: theoretical physics• classical and quantum field theory • statistical physics • quantum optics • computational physics • theory of gravitation • cosmic phenomena

Center of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies

disciplines: chemical sciences
fields of activity: chemistry, stereochemistry and physical chemistry of heteroorganic compounds (phosphorus, sulfur, silicon, and selenium derivatives) • the synthesis of biologically active compounds and natural products • bioorganic chemistry • low molecular weight regulators of cellular processes • phospholipids • oligonucleotide synthesis and structure • DNA structural polymorphism • protein bionengineering using recombinant DNA technology • polymer chemistry • organic chemistry and physical chemistry of polyreactions • kinetics and thermodynamics of polymerization • models of biopolymers and their properties • polymer physics • supermolecular structures in polymers • physical properties of polymers – optical, electric, and mechanical properties • methods of microanalysis of organic compounds and polymers, NMR spectroscopy in solids, mass spectrometry

Copernicus Astronomical Center

disciplines: astronomy, physics
fields of activity: cosmology • high-energy astrophysics • stellar structure and evolution • stellar pulsations • physics of neutron stars • binary stars • stellar atmospheres and circumstellar matter

Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry

disciplines: chemical sciences, physics, environmental engineering and conservation
fields of activity: studies of phenomena in the phase transitions from gas to solid, from liquid to solid, and from gas to liquid • the theory of catalytic processes in heterogenic, homogenic, and enzymatic systems (kinetics and reaction mechanisms) with a specific focus on the catalytic oxidation of hydrocarbons • the mechanism of oxide catalysts, including zeolites • the mechanisms of solid state reactions in oxide systems and the structure and thermodynamics of defects • transport phenomena in colloid systems • the mechanism of interactions and stability in dispersed systems • catalytic processes for the elimination of environmental pollution • the impact of environmental pollution on the condition of monuments

Institute of Geological Sciences

disciplines: geology
fields of activity: determining the origins of minerals, rocks, and groundwater • geochemistry of isotopes with a particular emphasis on geochronology • sedimentological and micropaleontological research aimed at the reconstruction of fossil sedimentary environments • the evolution of mountain chains formed in the Carpathians, Antarctica, and Spitsbergen during the Alpine orogeny • the geodynamic history of mountain ranges in the Sudetes formed during the Variscan orogeny • environmental changes in the Quaternary

Institute of Geophysics

disciplines: geophysics
fields of activity: studies of the deep structures of the Earth’s crust and upper mantle using deep seismic sounding • studies of mining-associated seismicity, local earthquakes, and seismic hazards • studying deep geological structure and seeking to detect earthquake precursors based on changes in the magnetic field • seismic monitoring, paleomagnetism, and studies of the magnetic properties of rocks • geophysical models of processes in areas of tectonic activity • geophysical studies in polar regions • analyzing the impact of anthropogenic factors on transformations in water resources, physics of surface water, control of water management systems, transport processes in the aquatic environment • studies of atmospheric ozone, solar radiation, mesoscale and macroscale processes in the atmosphere, and atmospheric electricity • the design of devices and measurement systems for seismological and Earth magnetism purposes

Institute of High Pressure Physics

disciplines: physics, materials engineering
fields of activity: GaN bulk crystal growth • the fabrication of semiconductor structures and devices on monocrystalline substrates • studies of the physical properties of bulk crystals, layered structures (quantum wells), and semiconductor devices • research in the impact of hydrostatic pressure and temperature on the properties of semiconductor lasers • ceramics and composites, superconductors, metals • the synthesis of nanocrystalline powders • sintering of nanoceramics and nanocomposites • the fabrication of nanocrystalline metals, alloys, and composites • studies of nanoscale-related physical properties • nanometrology – developing methods for the description of nanomaterials • protein aggregation and stability under high pressures • high pressure in food processing • research in cell disruption in microorganisms under high pressures • the development of new high pressure scientific methods

Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research

disciplines: physics, chemical sciences
fields of activity: crystal and electron structure • phase transitions and properties of magnetic materials, metals, metal-hydrogen systems, and ferroelectrics • superconductivity • cryogenic equipment and materials • physics of crystallographic defects • structure of metallic catalysts and their activity • new laser materials • the structure and properties of d- and f-electron systems

Institute of Molecular Physics

disciplines: mathematics
fields of activity: algebra and algebraic geometry • differential equations and optimization • differential geometry • dynamical systems • foundations and philosophy of mathematics • functional analysis • functions of a complex variable • mathematical analysis • mathematical physics • number theory • numerical analysis • statistics • probability • topology

Institute of Molecular Physics

disciplines: physics
fields of activity: physics of magnetic and dielectric materials and solid-state radiospectroscopy • linear and nonlineral electrical and spectroscoptic properties of dielectrics and organic conductors • molecular interactions in liquids and liquid crystals • the theory of ferromagnetism • properties of magnetic materials • properties of crystalline and liquid-crystalline ferroelectrics • low temperature physics • computational physics • spintronics • nanostructures

Institute of Nuclear Physics

disciplines: medical biology, electronics, physics, geophysics, informatics, environmental engineering and conservation, materials engineering, chemical sciences
fields of activity: experimental and theoretical research in the fields of particle physics and astrophysics, nuclear and strong interaction physics • research in the structure and dynamics of the condensed state of matter • interdisciplinary research, especially in the fields of geophysics, radiochemistry, medical physics, radiation and environmental biology, environmental physics and conservation, gas chromatography, dosimetry, materials studies, and econophysics

Institute of Oceanology

disciplines: oceanology
fields of activity: marine chemistry, biogeochemistry, and biochemistry, marine chemical pollution • marine dynamics, air-sea interactions, oceanic circulation, modeling of hydrodynamic processes • marine ecology, plankton ecology, beach ecology, marine ecosystems • marine physics, marine optics, marine biooptics, marine remote sensing, marine acoustics • elements of marine biology, the genetics and physiology of marine organisms, computational biology

Institute of Organic Chemistry

disciplines: chemical sciences
fields of activity: the synthesis and transformation of organic compounds • the synthesis, transformation, and isolation of biologically active compounds • physical properties and structural examination of organic compounds • spectroscopy of organic compounds

Institute of Physical Chemistry

disciplines: physics, chemical sciences
fields of activity: physicochemistry and quantum theory of solids • reactivity of solids under high-pressure conditions • statistical physics of condensed matter • thermodynamics of the liquid state • thermochemistry • calorimetry with biocalorimetry and dynamic calorimetry • the chemistry and physics of the surface of solids • studying reactivity to hydrogen using a wide range of electron spectroscopies • catalysis on metals • electrochemistry and electrochemical corrosion • electrode processes in molten salts • fundamentals of chemical engineering • theoretical and experimental chemical kinetics • laser photophysics and photochemistry • high-selectivity chromatography • supramolecular chemistry

Institute of Physics

disciplines: physics
fields of activity: solid-state physics with a particular focus on the physics of semiconductors and magnetic materials • quantum optics and molecular physics • structural examinations of solids using X-ray methods • physics of superconductors • materials technology • optical spectroscopy and electron transfer methods (including experiments conducted at super-low temperatures and in strong magnetic fields) • molecular beam epitaxy, biological physics, spintronics

International Laboratory of High Magnetic Fields and Low Temperatures

disciplines: physics
fields of activity: properties of superconductors • magnetic, galvanomagnetic, and thermal properties of poly- and monocrystals of metals, their alloys, and compounds in high magnetic fields and at low temperatures • developing methods of creating and measuring high magnetic fields

Space Research Center

disciplines: astronomy, geodesy and cartography, geophysics
fields of activity: physical processes in interplanetary matter and the outer layers of the Sun • the physics of the upper layers of the atmosphere of the Earth and other planets in the Solar System • geodesy and global geodynamic phenomena • remote sensing • the development and applications of space technology and equipment

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Museum of the Earth

disciplines: biology, geography, geology, environmental engineering and conservation
fields of activity: geodynamic phenomena and processes • fossil floras and faunas as a basis for promoting improved awareness of the Earth sciences • guidelines for evaluating the scientific and teaching value of inanimate natural monuments • sources for studying the history of geological sciences in Poland