The Institute of Materials Science (initially named The Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry of Metals) was founded as a part of Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry in 1974 by decision of the Minister of Science, Higher Education and Technics. Following its foundation, the scientific cooperation of physicists, chemists and metalurgists becomes solidly framed. The initiator and first director of the newly founded institute was prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Bojarski and thanks to his activity coooperation of our univerity with industry and trade insitutions of Silesia has been intensified.
In 1982 The Institute of Physics and Chemistry of Metals became part of the Faculty of Technology and its scientific profile has been extended to study polymers, ceramics, biomaterials and composites. In 2003 its name was changed to the current one of the Institute of Materials Science. The institute has a solid position among reaserch and teaching units in Poland working in the field of materials engineering and materials science. At present it is the only university unit with research profile of this kind.
Currently, The Institute of Materials Science is a part of Faculty of Computer Science and Materials Science. It has been employing 60 people, including 40 research and teaching workers, of whom 17 people has academic degrees in the field of technics, physics and/or chemistry. The institute has been implementing 12 different research projects (4 grants + 8 other projects) and has been cooperating with numerous research and teaching units from Poland and abroad. Starting from the academic year 2007/2008 the institute has been offering materials engineering education course with specialty of materials science, levels I, II and III.
Directors of The Institute of Materials Science:
- prof. Zbigniew Bojarski: 1974 - 1991
- prof. Henryk Morawiec: 1991 - 2003
- prof. Eugeniusz Łągiewka: 2003 – 2008
- prof. Danuta Stróż: 2008 – 2012
- dr. Tomasz Goryczka: 2012 – 2016
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