Cracow, Poland

Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology

Akademickie Centrum Materiałów i Nanotechnologii

Subject area: engineering and engineering trades
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The primary aim of the Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology is conducting interdisciplinary research in the fields of modern engineering, physics and chemistry of materials, material nonodiagnostics and nanotechnology.  

The tasks of the Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology are:

  • maintaining and developing modern scientific research infrastructure, in particular, infrastructure connected with nonodiagnostics and nanotechnologies, as well as making it available to the employees of the university and other research institutions,  
  • creating conditions for the infrastructure to be used by the doctoral students of AGH UST faculties, as well as other Krakow universities and research units; for this purpose, the Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology can act as a partner in the programmes of interdisciplinary doctoral studies,  
  • conducting research into materials, nanomaterials, material technologies and nanotechnologies, in particular for the purpose of their application in laboratory conditions and industry,
  • conducting pro-innovative activity in the field of advanced material technologies and nanotechnology,  
  • the development of AGH UST research offer in the field of technology and nanotechnology of materials. 
Nanotechnology ("nanotech") is manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale. The earliest, widespread description of nanotechnology referred to the particular technological goal of precisely manipulating atoms and molecules for fabrication of macroscale products, also now referred to as molecular nanotechnology. A more generalized description of nanotechnology was subsequently established by the National Nanotechnology Initiative, which defines nanotechnology as the manipulation of matter with at least one dimension sized from 1 to 100 nanometers. This definition reflects the fact that quantum mechanical effects are important at this quantum-realm scale, and so the definition shifted from a particular technological goal to a research category inclusive of all types of research and technologies that deal with the special properties of matter which occur below the given size threshold. It is therefore common to see the plural form "nanotechnologies" as well as "nanoscale technologies" to refer to the broad range of research and applications whose common trait is size. Because of the variety of potential applications (including industrial and military), governments have invested billions of dollars in nanotechnology research. Through 2012, the USA has invested $3.7 billion using its National Nanotechnology Initiative, the European Union has invested $1.2 billion, and Japan has invested $750 million.


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