Institute of Materials Science

Faculty of Computer Science and Materials Science

Department of Structural Studies

75 Pułku Piechoty 1A Str.
41-500 Chorzów, Poland
tel. (+48) 32 3497 515


Head of Department: dr hab. prof. UŚ Tomasz Goryczka 
room: F/2/14
tel. (+48) 32 3497 519



The Laboratory of Structural Studies carry out the study of the crystal structure of metallic, ceramic and composite materials. Particularly, studies are focused on:

  • Shape memory alloys - structure, properties and application (NiTi-based alloys, copper-based alloys, Heusler-based alloys revealing magnetic shape memory.
  • Surface modification of NiTi-based  alloys for medical application.
  • Ni-free titanium alloys for medical applications.
  • Crystal structure of ferromagnetic metallic glasses based on iron or cobalt.
  • Powder and porous materials for industrial and medical use.
  • Mechanism of plastic deformation of semiconductor materials using the nanoindentation method and computer simulations.

We offer research and expertise in the field:

  • Determination of the crystal structure using the LeBail and Ritveld methods and electron crystallography.
  • Qualitative and quantitative X-ray phase analysis (including also high-temperature tests).
  • Structure characteristics of thin-film materials by means of reflectometry, SKP and electron microscopy.
  • Determination of temperature and heat of phase transformations.
  • Studies of the crystalline structure of materials and surface layers using transmission and scanning electron microscopy, including: techniques that use:

- precession of electron beam (TEM),

- high resolution electron microscopy with the possibility of determining the chemical composition in nano-areas (EDS),

- EBSD methods.

  • Surface topography studies using a scanning electron microscope.
  • In situ research in a scanning electron microscope - high temperature tests, studies of surface crystallization using the EBSD method.
  • Texture determination by X-ray method and EBSD method.
  • Research on the chemical composition of surfaces by Auger, EDS spectroscopy, fluorescence method.
  • Testing the physical properties of the surface layers by nanoindentation.
  • Surface structure analysis by AFM method.
  • Expert opinions on quality and defects in materials and products as well as technical consultancy in the selection of materials for specific products.
  • Training in the use of modern research methods.



  • X-ray diffractometer  X`Pert-Pro type (PHILIPS)
  • The high resolution transmission electron microscope JEM-3010 (JEOL), scanning electron microscope JSM-6480  (JEOL)
  • Thermal analyzer (Mettler)
  • Triboindenter  TI 950 (Hysitron)

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