The Centre team collaborates with 40 research institutions from 18 countries. The co-operation is related mainly to bilateral co-operations as well to the projects executed under the 6th and 7th Framework Programmes of the European Union as well as EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community, KIC InnoEnergy.

The International Centre of Electron Microscopy for Materials Science team collaborates with the following research groups abroad:

  1. Austrian Institute of Technology, Seibersdorf, Austria
  2. Bay Zoltán Foundation for Applied Research, Institute for Logistics and Production Systems, BZF, Hungary
  3. Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany
  4. CEMES-CNRS, Toulouse, France  
  5. Chalmers University of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  6. Université Paris Sud, Orsay, France  
  7. Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland  
  8. Energias de Portugal, SA, Portugal  
  9. Electricité de France, France
  10. Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), Institut für Energie- und Klimaforschung, Germany
  11. Ernst-Ruska Centre forMicroscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons, Jülich, Germany
  12. Graz University of Technology, FELMI, Austria  
  13. Grenoble Institute of Technology, INP, France
  14. Hoganas AB, Hoganas/Helsinborg, Sweden  
  15. Institut de Nanosciencia de Aragon, Saragossa, Spain 
  16. Instituto Superior Técnico Lisboa, Portugal 
  17. Jozef - Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia 
  18. Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  19. Loughborough University of Technology, Loughborough, UK
  20. Max-Planck Institute, Stuttgart, Germany  
  21. Pratt & Whitney, East Hardfort, CT, USA
  22. Shiname University, Japan  
  23. Slovak Akademy of Sciences, Kosice, Slovak Republic  
  24. Strojnicka Fakulta STU v Bratislave, Slovak Republik  
  25. Swedish Institute of Metal Research, Stockholm, Sweden
  26. Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic  
  27. Technische Universiteit Delft, The Netherland
  28. University of Toyama, Toyama, Japan 
  29. Universidad de Cadiz, Spain
  30. University of Alberta, Canada  
  31. University of Antwerp, Belgium
  32. Univeristy of Cambridge, UK  
  33. University of Dresden, Triebenberg Laboratory, Dresden, Germany 
  34. University of Oxford, UK
  35. Universita Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy  
  36. Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria 
  37. Universität Stuttgart, IFK, Germany    
  38. Politecnica di Torino, Italy
  39. Universytet Techniczny, Koszyce, Slovak Republik 
  40. Vysoka Szkola Bańska, Ostrawa-Poruba, Czech Republic    


Co-operation with Forschungszentrum Jülich
Since more than 30 years AGH Electron Microscopy team collaborates with one of the largest research institutions in Europe - Forschungszentrum Jülich. This co-operation resulted in numerous joint projects, publications and jointly supervised MSc and PhD theses.
Our initial co-operation started back in 1978 (to be exact, on 11.01.1978), when Professor Hubertus Nickel, at that time director of the Institute for Reactor Materials, Nuclear Research Centre Jülich (IRW-KFA), visited for the first time Kraków and the Electron Microscopy Group of the Faculty of Metallurgy and Materials Science of the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy (Prof. Stanislaw Gorczyca and Dr Aleksandra Czyrska-Filemonowicz). Since then many contacts have been established between scientists from the group working on mechanical properties of materials in IRW-KFA and the transmission electron microscopy group in AGH University and several scientists, technicians and students paid the visits to both institutions (including 8 years scientific stay of A. Czyrska-Filemonowicz in early eighties and nineties), from which the idea for a joint Polish-German programme arose.
In the early nineties an official co-operation on correlation between microstructure and mechanical properties of high temperature alloys began (co-ordinators: P.J. Ennis and H.J. Penkalla, FZJ; A. Czyrska-Filemonowicz, AGH) and has resulted in more than 150 joint publications and conference contributions. In addition, four joint PhD theses (Jarosław Wosik, Daniela Danciu, Grzegorz Cempura and Bogdan Rutkowski) were supervised by Prof. Schubert and Prof. Beck (FZJ) and Prof. Czyrska-Filemonowicz (AGH).
Besides the joint projects with the Institute of Reactor Materials (now, the Institute of Energy and Climate Research and headed by Prof. Lorenz Singheiser), a co-operation developed between the AGH and the Institute of Solid State Physics of FZJ, first with Prof. Hans Ullmaier’s group on helium embrittlement within the fusion materials programme (1983-1985 resulted in the habilitation thesis of A. Czyrska-Filemonowicz) and later with Prof. Knut Urban on advanced transmission electron microscopy and its application to the complex metallic alloys (CMAs), which resulted in a joint PhD thesis (Marta Lipińska-Chwałek) supervised by Prof. Urban (FZJ) and Prof. Czyrska-Filemonowicz (AGH).
This very fruitful co-operation was summed up by „Polish-German Workshop for Materials for Advanced Energy Systems”, which took place at the AGH University of Science and Technology in April, 2008. Proceedings (ISBN 978-83-60958-12-4), are available in the AGH-UST library.


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The large number of joint publications (over 170) indicates the excellent quality of the research investigations, but these have only been successful because of the long-standing professional and personal friendships that have been established over the last 30 years.

Visit of the AGH-UST delegation in Forschungszentrum Jülich, March 2009

From left:
M. Pronobis (PG), T. Szmuc (AGH), L. Singheiser (FZJ), J. Buzek (EC), A. Czyrska-Filemonowicz (AGH), H. Bolt (FZJ), A. Górak (TU Darmstadt)

Several conferences and workshops were jointly organized, among others “Dialoque JARA-Poland” (29.09-1.10.2010, Jülich), which inaugurated the Year of Co-operation of Poland and North Rhine-Westphalia. We are looking to the next conference on “Scientific Cooperation Poland – North Rhine-Westphalia: Conference on Energy and Future Information Technology” to be held at the AGH-UST in October (13-14.10.2011); more information at:

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Based on long-term very fruitful co-operation on application of electron microscopy to characterization of various materials, both institutions decided to create a joint research unit, namely the International Centre of Electron Microscopy for Materials Science (IC-EM), which was inaugurated by the Rector of AGH University, Professor Dr Antoni Tajduś on 1 June 2010.

On 30 September 2010, the co-operation agreement (Agreement of Co-operation) between the Centre and the Forschungszentrum Jülich was officially signed in Jülich.

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The ceremonial signing of the Agreement on Co-operation of the International Centre of Electron Microscopy for Materials Science and Engineering with the Forschungszentrum Jülich. From left: Professor Dr Lorenz Singheiser, director of the Institute for Energy Research at the FZJ, Professor Dr Dr Harald Bolt, Vice-director of the FZJ, Professor Dr Tomasz Szmuc, Vice-rector for Science of the AGH-UST, Professor Dr Aleksandra Czyrska-Filemonowicz, Head of the IC-EM.


Co-operation with Pratt &Whitney, CT, USA


Co-operation between United Technologies Corporation /Pratt & Whitney Division and AGH-UST (2004-2012) coordinated by Prof. Aleksandra Czyrska-Filemonowicz (AGH) and Dr Agnieszka Wusatowska-Sarnek (P&W) has resulted in 20 research projects.


The following materials were investigated:

- single crystal nickel-based superalloys (2nd and 4th generation)

- polycrystalline nickel-based superalloys

- intermetallics - gamma TiAl

- steels


Also 2 PhD theses on advanced Ni-base superalloys are jointly realized. One PhD thesis (Maciej Zietara) is already completed and one is in progress (Krzysztof Kulawik).

The AGH team was awarded for outstanding effort in supporting the GMS program, 2005-2008. 


Beside the partners listed above, the Centre co-operates with various Polish universities and national research centres as well as the Polish industry for power generation, aeronautics, automotive and steel industry. Among others with: Rafako S.A., Racibórz, ArcelorMittal Poland, PZL Świdnik S.A., Poland and WSK PZL - Rzeszów S.A. and others.
Scientific Council of the ArcelorMittal (2008-2010)

Luxembourg, January,2008

From left: 

David K. Matlock, Aleksandra Czyrska-Filemonowicz, Jef Roos, Greg Ludkovsky, Jean-Hubert Schmitt, Gordon Irons, François Mudry, Michel Rappaz, Marcel Crochet, Yves Bréchet, Germain Sanz, Michel Wurth 

Researches of the Centre are visiting lecturers abroad, participate in numerous international conferences and also belong to several international societies associations and scientific networks.

The Centre is a member of:

• European Aeronautics Science Network, EASN;

• European Virtual Institute on Knowledge-based Multifunctional Materials, KMM-VIN;

• European Centre for the Development of New Metallic Alloys and Compounds, C- MAC;

• EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community, KIC InnoEnergy