Strategy: IF PAN is a major condensed matter research institute in Poland. It has a long and well-documented track record in setting new directions in the physics of materials and in pioneering studies of the correlation structure–property of materials at different scales. Furthermore, apart from the main stream of basic science, a number of market-successful materials-related innovations has nucleated in IF PAN.

Employees: IF PAN employs approximately 400 people, including 41 full professors, 29 associate professors, 77 researchers with a PhD degree, and over seventy Polish and foreign PhD students.

History: The institute was established on 24th September 1953 by a Government decision. It was rooted in the physics faculties of seven universities. The institute was soon recognized as a countrywide scientific institution conducting research in many areas of experimental and theoretical physics.


  • IF PAN is a very active centre of research and education.
  • Collaborates with many institutions all over the world, including the best European, American and Japanese research centres.
  • In the last ten years authors affiliated to the Institute published more than 3000 articles in internationally recognized scientific magazines.
  • Many of the Institute's researchers are chosen as members of international scientific organizations, committees and are often invited to give talks at international conferences.
  • In the recent years, the researchers of IF PAN elaborated many patents in the Polish Patent Office.
  • The research is financed from public means of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, grants from the Foundation of Polish Science, Polish Academy of Science, European Union and other sources.

Scientific Divisions and Laboratories:

  • Division of physics of semiconductors
  • Division of radiation physics and spectroscopy
  • Division of physics of magnetism
  • Division of physics and technology of wide-band-gap semiconductor nanostructures
  • Laboratory of X-ray and electron microscopy research
  • Laboratory of cryogenic and spintronic research
  • Laboratory of growth and physics of low dimensional crystals
  • Laboratory of biological physics

Scientific profile:

  • Physics of semiconductor, magnetic, and superconductor materials
  • Interfaces of bulk materials to inorganic - and organic compounds and proteins
  • Biophysics and molecular physics
  • Bose-Einstein condensates
  • Material sciences and applied physics
  • The development of biosensors
  • Theory describing the above listed materials and designing devices based on these materials

Innovation programmes projects currently at Institute:

  • 12 projects from Operational Programmes of Innovative Economy
  • EAgLE: European Action towards Leading Centre for Innovative Materials, Regpot-2012-2013-1, Grant agreement no: 316014, in the frame of EU FP7.
  • FUNDMS: Functionalization of Diluted Magnetic Semiconductors, Grant agreement no: 227690, in the frame of EU FP7

National financial agencies projects currently at Institute:

  • 61 grants from the National Centre of Science
  • 4 grants from the National Centre of Research and Developments
  • 8 grants from the Ministry of Science and High Education
  • 4 grants from the Foundation of Polish Science
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