Institute of Fundamental Technological Research
Polish Academy of Sciences

The main task of the Institute is to conduct high quality research in the areas which are the focus of the world's science and technology. The most important fields of the Institute's expertise include advanced problems in modern mechanics, materials science, electronics and biomedical engineering, information and computational science. Extensive research is conducted in areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology, multicomponent and multifunctional materials, micro-, nano- and biomaterials, computational mechanics, computational materials science, computational intelligence, computational biology, bioinformatics, bioengineering, ultrasonic medical diagnostics and smart technologies. Advanced research is also conducted in several branches of fundamental science and technology, such as: physics and thermodynamics of continua; fluid mechanics; laser beam interaction with metal surfaces, nanophotonics, applied mathematics and informatics.

Our mission is:

  • To be the reference centre of scientific and technological excellence, radical innovation and implementation of technology achievements into Polish scientific and industrial environment.
  • To start up and participate in activities related to multifunctional materials, polymers, smart materials and technologies, biomedical applications of ultrasound and microfluidic technologies, applied information science, and innovation technologies.
  • To provide highest-level PhD education in contemporary technology, mechanics, materials science, electronics, information science, and biomedical engineering, accompanied by international cooperation, links with industry, and the awakening the discovery spirit in students.
  • To promote, support, drive initiatives aimed at implementation of research results and technology transfer and supporting links with industry and commerce to contribute to the sustainable development of society.

Current research goals

Research and development of advanced multifunctional materials, numerical methods in structural mechanics and material modelling, development of novel measuring techniques, identification of mechanical properties of materials, construction of diagnostic equipment (particularly in acoustics), applications of the so-called smart technologies, laser methods of surface modifications, development of the ultrasonic and optical methods for bio-material structure analysis, modelling cell signalling paths and development of microfluidic devices for manipulating and diagnostics at cell level.

Key words

  • multicomponent and multifunctional materials,
  • micro- and nano-materials, shape memory alloys,
  • smart materials and technologies,
  • mechanics of materials,
  • plasticity,
  • thermoelasticity and thermoplasticity,
  • physics of continua,
  • fracture mechanics,
  • fracture mechanics,rheology of polymers,
  • microflows and nanoflows
  • laser induced surface modifications,
  • renewable energy,
  • information science,
  • computational science,
  • computational mechanics,
  • computational materials science,
  • computational intelligence,
  • bioinformatics and system biology,
  • neuroinformatics,
  • shape, topology and structural optimization,
  • biomaterials,
  • biomechanics,
  • ultrasound in biomedicine,
  • ultrasonic diagnosis of materials,
  • nanophotonics,


The Institute has an extensive experience in international co-operation, particularly in the area of international Research and Technology Development projects (RTD). It resulted in establishing at the Institute the National Contact Point for EU Research Programmes, responsible for information and advisory support concerning participation of Polish researchers and enterprises in the EU Framework Programmes (starting from the 5th FP). In order to concentrate the Institute's potential in the most promising and innovative areas, the Institute participates in several highly specialized research consortia (CEPT, CEZAMAT).

Great importance is attributed to various forms of co-operation with industry. Together with the results of scientific research, the Institute has developed a wide range of modern technologies, a considerable number of original measurement and diagnostic equipment, both engineering and medical, and a number of innovative computer programmes. These products were developed in close cooperation with industrial partners.

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