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Vast spectrum of highly specialized advanced laboratory and test instrumentation together with well-trained scientific staff is one of the strongest advantages of our institute. Materials routinely analyzed in our laboratories includes: glass, ceramics and construction materials, refractories, paints and dyes, geological raw materials and production wastes.


Structural research of materials is carried out on a several diffractometers of which Bruker D8 Discover is the most modern. This devices enable phase identification and quantitation as well as crystallite size determination and textural characterization (Euler’s cradle). The throughput of the laboratories will soon be enhanced after purchase of two new, most up-to-date, diffractometers.


Elemental analysis is routinely conducted on a number of X-ray fluorescence spectrometers (XRF) located in Warsaw, Krakow and Gliwice departments. Molten beds or pressed pellets can be prepared. Also analyses of liquids is an option. Other instrumental techniques include for example atomic absorption and emission spectroscopy with lower detection limits than the XRF method.


Optical characterization of various conducting and non-conducting samples is carried out on scanning electron microscopes. FEI Nova NanoSEM 200 in Warsaw equipped with EBSD, WDS and EDS detectors allows detailed chemical composition determination in the microscale as well as identification of crystallite orientation. Many optical microscopes that our institute is in possession of enables fast surface characterization and measurement of grain shape, size etc.


Moreover our institute possess a bunch of devices for characterization of thermal, thermomechanical, strength and deformation properties of many materials. Dilatometers, differential thermal analyzers and high-temperature microscopes allows  for example to determine sintering behaviour and temperature of ceramic powders together with evolved gas analysis. Other scientific equipment includes porosimeters, hardness testers, pycnometers, ultrasound strength testers and many more. We are also able to measure grain size distribution and optical parameters such as transparency and colour.


Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. Our highly-qualified research staff will help you to select the best methods and techniques matching your needs.

.::For chemical analysis:


Spectrometers: X-ray fluorescence, atomic absorption AAS, UV-VIS DR 5000, inductively coupled plasma emission spectrometer (ICP), mass spectrometer, JCP-OES-PI, chromatographs, flame photometer.


.::For thermal and thermo-mechanical tests:


Derivatographs, equipment for measuring bending strength in high temperatures up to 1600°C, dilatometer, equipment for specific heat determination, thermal conductivity factor measuring instrument, instrument for simultaneous thermal tests, thermal camera with 1200°C measurement range.


As the only organization in Poland, we have at our disposal a cutting-edge HMOR 422 device manufactured by Netzsch GmbH for controlled testing of brittle fracture runs in refractory products in high temperatures enabling us to determine the work-of-facture and Young modulus, as well as a modern TCT 426 device for testing thermal conductivity of refractory materials (products and granulates) in temperature range of 20-1420°C.


.::For structural tests:


Microscopes (optical, metallographic, polarizing, high temperature up to 1600°C, scanning electron microscope with a WDS) microprobe, X-ray diffractometers, image analyzer.


.::For strength tests:


Strength testing machines of different pressure, device for testing bending strength in high temperatures, presses for strength tests, device for cement strength testing, device for wall strength testing.


.::For physical and mechanical test:


Porosimeter, watertightness testing station, laser particle meters, specific surface measuring instruments.




Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP), Cold Isostatic Pressing (CIP), hydraulic presses.

The flagship technological device ensuring a controlled process run from nanopowder to nanomaterial is the HIP (Hot Isostatic Press), in which the sintering processes can be run in 2000°C with max. gas (argon or nitrogen) pressure up to 300 MPa.




Electric and gas furnaces of different capacity, with protective atmosphere.




Ball mills, vibrating mills (of different capacities), drying chambers and spraying dryers, shakers, agitators, balances.


.::Chemical Analysis

  • X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF)
  • Inductively coupled plasma emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES/AES)
  • Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) and flame photometry (FEAS)
  • Elemental analysis ("burn")
  • Gas chromatography with detection FIB-ECD (GC-FIB-ECD) and mass detection (GC-MS)


.::Phase Analysis

  • X-ray powder diffraction
  • High temperature X-ray powder diffraction
  • Texture XRD



  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • Light microscopy (OM)
  • High temperature microscopy


.::Thermal and thermo-mechanical analysis

  • Differential thermal analysis with thermogravimetry (DTA-TG) and gas analysis (EGA-MS)
  • Thermal conductivity measurement
  • Dylatometry (DIL) and thermo-mechanical analysis (TMA)
  • Measurement of specific heat capacity
  • Measuring heat of combustion
  • Measurement of the heat of hydration of cement
  • High temperature microscopy
  • High temperature X-ray powder diffraction
  • High temperature strain measurement


.::Mechanical properties testing

  • Hardness testing
  • Strenght test
  • High temperature strenght test
  • Test for elastic constants using analysis of resonance frequency and attenuation
  • Ultrasonic testing of concrete
  • Grindability testing
  • High temperature grindability testing


.::Physical properties testing

  • Density measurement
  • Specific surface area and porosity measurement (porosimetry)
  • Grain size distribution measurement
  • Spectrophotometric colour measurement


.::Specialized tests

  • Testing of impact of atmospheric conditions
  • Sulphur dioxide corrosion testing




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