The smallest diamonds in the world visualized by Atomic Force Microscope.
Scientific Staff of the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering.
The original equipment for deposition of carbon coatings - RF PCVD (Radio Frequency Plasma Chemical Vapour Deposition).
Research focus of the Centre:
The research interest of the Centre focuses on study and production of new materials with intentionally modified surfaces, exhibiting variety of properties designed for controllable bioactivity. The expected area of present and future applications of our achievements is directly combined with orthopedic surgery, artificial organs implantation and other biomedical implementations including new tools for surgery and for diagnostic tests. Our main interest concerns of crystalline carbon synthesis at the surface of several materials widely used in medicine, i.e. medical steel, titanium and other metals, including their alloys, and also polymers. Synthesized by RFPACVD (Radio Frequency Plasma Activated Chemical Vapor Deposition) crystalline carbon exhibits diamond structure with crystals of nanometer size. Currently we try to modify the nanodiamond surface structure with a goal to reach the highest bio-, hemo- and thrombo-compatibility, which are continuously monitored in our lab. For monitoring of the biomedical usefulness of our new materials we employ several unique techniques like: SPR-biosensor technology, fluorescence imaging and scanning electron microscopy.
Polish research projects currently run in the Centre:
KBN numer: 7T08D3621 - Nowe bioobojętne warstwy kompozytowe na tytanie i jego stopach dla medycyny;
KBN numer: 6P05A09221 - Charakterystyka oddziaływania verapamilu z krwinkami płytkowymi - poszukiwanie miejsc wiążących verapamil;
KBN numer: 8T11B00117 - Wytwarzanie cienkich warstw uwodornionych amorficznych materiałów półprzewodzących typu IV-IV metodą wspomaganego plazmą chemicznego nanoszenia z formy gazowej przy użyciu ciekłych prekursorów.
European research projects currently run in the Centre:
At present no projects from EU.
Scientists of the Centre publish annually about thirty papers in refereed journals and deliver more than fifty communications during domestic and international scientific meetings. They are active members of: World Biomedical Academy - Paris, Tissue Engineering Society - Londin, American Society for Metals International, Federation of European Materials Society, The Mediterranean League Against Thromboembolic Diseases, Polish Vacuum Society, Polish Biomaterial Society, Academy of Engineering in Poland, Materials Science Society, Polish Society of Clinical Chemistry, Committee for Thromboembolism and Haemostasis of Polish Academy of Sciences, The Committee for Cooperation of Biological and Chemical Sciences of Polish Academy of Sciences, Polish Society of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry and Polish Society of Biochemistry. They are in close cooperation with several European, Canadian and American universities and industrial units. Members of the Centre were repeatedly awarded for their scientific and engineering achievements.
Equipment for plasma etching - Alcatel RF 250, little reactor for PE CVD, reactor for deposition of layers by magnetron sputtering, equipment for deposition of titanium nitride coatings, equipment for deposition of carbon coatings - RF PCVD (Radio Frequency Plasma Chemical Vapour Deposition), plasma deposition plant for carbon (NCD) layer, vacuum oven - apparatus for high vacuum and temperature up to 2500(C, advanced microelectronics equipment - Mask Aligner Karl Süss 55, advanced microelectronics equipment - RTP Heatpulse System 2101, microhardness test equipment - Clemex, spectrometers - Siemens SRS 303, scanning electron microscope - Philips 501, scanning electron microscope Hitachi S 3000N with X-Ray microanalyses EDS Noran and phases identification Noran, X-Ray defractometer - Siemens D 500, cleanroom electronics laboratory, and unlimited access to BiaCore X, multitasking microplate reader Victor (Wallac), flow cytofluorimeter Calibur (Becton Dickinson), Luminescence spectrometer LS50 (Perkin Elmer), Fluorescence and fosforescence scanner Typhoon (Amersham Biosciences).
The permanent staff of the Centre consists of 26 scientists (incl. 4 full professors, 4 TUL professors, 5 associate professors and 13 scientists), 7 technicians and 2 persons of administration. At present there are also 12 Ph.D. students and, on average, 20 postgraduate students gaining their Master degree in the Centre.
There is a possibility for foreign and domestic students to take part or to take the whole of their studies in the Centre - both on M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels.
The Centre is in permanent cooperation with: John Hassard - Imperial College, United Kingdom; Francois Rossi - ICR Ispra, Italy, Peter Louda - Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic; Patrice Couvrat - ECAM Lyon, France; Boris Spitsyn - Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia; Alexander Gontar - Institute for Superhard Materials, Kiev, Ukraine; Stan Heptinstall - Cardiovascular Medicine University Hospital Nottingham, Peter Spangenberg, Univ. Applied Sciences, Faculty of Medical Ebgineering, Jena, Germany, Zbigniew Religa - Cardiosurgery Foundation, Zabrze, Poland; Michał Mysliwiec - Medical University of Białystok, Poland; Czesław S. Cierniewski and Dariusz Nowak - Medical University of Łódź, Poland.
Co-operation with industrial partners:
The Centre is in cooperation with industrial partners: Micromed - Dšbrowa Górnicza, Poland; Hagmed - Rawa Mazowiecka, Poland; Medgal - Białystok, Poland; delta-DOT - London, United Kingdom; NCD-tech, London, United Kingdom.