Functional heterophase materials for structural electronics

Foundation for Polish Science, FIRST TEAM/2016-1/7

The project is carried out within the First TEAM programme of the Foundation for Polish Science co-financed by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund.


“Science is messy, and the results of research rarely conform fully to plan or expectation. ‘Clean’ narratives are an artefact of inappropriate pressures and the culture they have generated.”

Tell it like it is. Nat Hum Behav 4, 1 (2020)


The main objective of this project is to design, fabricate and characterise a group of composite materials with tailored physical properties for additive manufacturing of structural electronics. A vast range of investigations will be conducted on fabrication of polymer composites with metal, carbon, ceramic, semiconductor, and other type of functional phases – including, but not limited to nanomaterials – with emphasis on rheology, dispersion and homogenization, electrical properties (resistivity, dielectric properties, noises), mechanical and environmental factors and other functional properties (optical, magnetic, piezo, thermal, etc.).

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Meet the people involved in the project

  • Marcin Słoma, PhD, DSc, Assoc. Prof. (Project Leader)
  • Sylwia Kozdra, PhD (Postdoc)
  • Bartłomiej Wałpuski, MSc (PhD student)
  • Bartłomiej Podsiadły, MSc (PhD student)
  • Kacper Skarżyński, MSc (PhD student)
  • Andrzej Skalski, PhD (former postdoc)
  • Jakub Krzemiński, PhD (former PhD student)
  • Łucja Dybowska-Sarapuk, PhD (former PhD student)
  • Sandra Lepak-Kuc, PhD (former PhD student)
  • Bartosz Blicharz, MSc (former PhD student)
  • ... and many many students!,

Join us!

All Bachelor and Master students are welcome to join our team. Your thesis might be a part of our project, and our project might be a part of your future CV. Do not hesitate to send an e-mail explaining your research interests and your motivation to work in our team.


The project is financed within the framework of the FIRST TEAM Programme

The FIRST TEAM Programme is part of the Grant Project (HOMING/POWROTY) of the Foundation for Polish Science financed from European Funds within the Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014–2020 Priority Axis IV: Increasing the scientific research potential Measure 4.4: Increasing the human potential in the R&D sector

Project value: 1 987 060 PLN