In Poland, we have more than 600 synchrotron radiation and free electron users. Among them about 200s are PTPS members who actively work for the benefit of the synchrotron radiation user community. Synchrotron radiation and FEL users can be found at all major Polish universities, Polish academy of sciences and research centers. They do science which covers a wide variety of scientific disciplines, from physics, chemistry, material engineering to environmental sciences, biology and medicine.
Since 2015 national activity is strongly stimulated by the National Synchrotron Radiation Center “SOLARIS” in Kraków. SOLARIS is rapidly developing its infrastructure providing various beamlines which are dedicated to a broad spectrum of synchrotron techniques.
Polish Academy of Science
Institute of Physics
I am leading the Laboratory of X-ray and Electron Microscopy Research at the Institute of Physics Polish Academy of Sciences (~40 people). Together with my group we are characterised important from point of view variety of technologists materials exploiting many modern techniques. I am personally using several experimental methods based on synchrotron radiation to characterise the atomic and electron structure of materials. The x-ray absorption and photoelectron spectroscopy are the main techniques exploited in my research activity. XANES and EXAFS studies I have performed to examine dopants in semiconductors, metals in bioactive materials and minerals, catalytic materials and metals oxides important for new generations, transparent devices. Circular and linear magnetic dichroism is also important tool to study magnetic materials. Dealing with non-homogeneous materials we are applying XANES to the quantitative estimation of the content of different compounds linked to given element.
Gdańsk University of Technology
Nanotechnology Centre A
Faculty of Applied Physics and Mathematics
Department of Solid State Physics
I am a solid-state physicist and an experienced, long-time synchrotron user. My scientific interests focus on the use of spectroscopy methods, mainly X-ray absorption spectroscopy (NEXAFS, XAFS and SEXAD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, in materials science and nanotechnology, for physico-chemical characterization of heavy metal oxide glasses, bioactive phosphate glasses stabilized with transition metal oxides, nanogranular systems, nanostructural bialloys and new energy materials.
Since 2014 I am an active member of the Polish Synchrotron Radiation Society Board.
USER REPRESENTATION – PTPS
Polish Synchrotron Radiation Society
The Polskie Towarzystwo Promieniowania Synchrotronowego (PTPS) has been established in 1991 as independent non-profit organization. The activity of PTPS is financed mainly from member’s fee, projects dedicated to particular event and industry donations. PTPS enlist close to 200 registered members, who regularly pay members fee. The Society monitor activity of more than 600 Polish scientists who use SR and FEL. The main goal of PTPS is to help Polish scientists to get access to synchrotrons and FELs facilities all over the world and to popularize knowledge about SR, to promote scientific achievements related to the use of SR and FEL, to provide to the polish SR user community information about relevant events and activities, ensuring contact with the international community. It is accomplished e.g. by organizing the biannually International Schools and Symposia on Synchrotron Radiation in Natural Science (ISSRNS). Moreover, every two years since 1991, the Society has been organizing the National Symposium of Synchrotron Radiation Users (KSUPS).
It was thanks to the efforts of the scientific community associated in the Polish Synchrotron Consortium and members of the Polish Synchrotron Radiation Society that the construction of the National Synchrotron Radiation Center, the SOLARIS synchrotron in Krakow began in 2010. Since 2018, research groups from various centers, not only from Poland, have been conducting research on beamlines of the SOLARIS synchrotron, which has become a unique research center in Poland. Starting from 2020 the Society organize in close cooperation with SOLARIS the Joint Meetings of Polish Synchrotron Radiation Society and SOLARIS Users.
Starting from 2002 the Society publishes Bulletin of the Polish Synchrotron Radiation Society. It is distributed among members and major Polish libraries in the print form as well as available in electronic form on the Society website. The Bulletin describes important events from the SR community life, prints abstracts of the organized by PTPS conferences as well as dedicated articles, and covers important achievements in SR science.
The PTPS Society is one of the most active scientific societies in Poland.