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Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials, PAS


Name: Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials, PAS

Address: ul. M. Curie-Sklodowskiej 34, 41-819 Zabrze, Poland



The Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials Polish Academy of Sciences (CMPW PAN) was established in January 2007 through the merger of two previous Polish Academy of Sciences establishments: the Institute of Coal Chemistry in Gliwice (founded 1954) and the Center for Polymer Chemistry in Zabrze (founded 1968). Today, the Centre is a leading institute in field of polymer science, carbon and polymer-carbon materials for specific applications. CMPW PAN scientists focus on interdisciplinary research in areas of medical and environmentally friendly polymer materials, in particular biodegradable and biocompatible polymers, smart polymer materials, polymer-carbon materials with potential application in biotechnology, biochemistry, nanotechnology, health care and protection of the environment.

The interdisciplinary character of the research tasks involved in obtaining new materials, in determining their structure, properties and ways of use, demands that the employees of the Centre specialize in chemistry, physics, biochemistry, pharmacy and materials engineering. Our a highly qualified staff – 93 employees of which 70 carry out research work in 7 laboratories including 8 professors 15 habilitated doctors and 21 doctors.

Institute has a base of modern equipment. The range of research possibilities allows complex structural studies to be carried out and a number of properties of materials to be determined, paying special attention to their future applications.

Discipline: chemistry, polimer and polimer-carbon materials, physics, biochemistry

Fields of activity:

  • stimuli responsive polymeric nanomaterials for encapsulation of biologically active substances;
  • polymeric layers with antibacterial activity and thermoresponsive nanolayers for cell culturing;
  • resorbable systems of controlled release of new generation of drugs ;
  • polymeric drug delivery systems;
  • influence of polymer chain structure for drug release;
  • NMR spectroscopy for medical applications;
  • polymer medical devices;
  • resorbable implants containing drugs;
  • environment-friendly polymer materials;
  • new polymer composite materials modified with graphenes;
  • new materials for optoelectronics, as well as the research in the technologies of introducing thin layers ;
  • porous carbon materials as precursors for ecological materials;
  • new membrane materials for gas or liquid separations.

Latest achievements:

In the years 2019-2020 our researchers published over 130 articles in renowned scientific journals. Publications with the highest impact factor concerned the following issues: self-assembled micelles for anti-tumor drug release (International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 2020, 154, 39-47); linear amphiphilic polyglycidol block copolymers prepared via “click” chemistry (Macromolecules, 2019, 52(9), 3435); electron beam–driven chemistry in and around graphene (Advanced Materials, 2019, 31(9), 1800715); novel membrane materials with tuned microcavities for gas separation applications (Separation and Purification Technology, 2020, 242, 116778); photoisomerization reaction and photomechanical effect in azo amorphous materials (Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2019, 7(14), 4032); effect of carbon filler distribution on polymer composites properties (Composites Science and Technology, 2019, 170, 51); development of biodegradable polymeric mulch as a modified release system for herbicide and its characterization (ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 2020, 8(13), 5360)

Research facilities: labs

Contact person:

Professor Ewa Schab-Balcerzak
Research Director
(+48 32) 271 60 77 ext. 112