In April 2020 the University of Silesia will begin to work on the creation of a competence centre which will be unique on a national scale, specialised in microscopic studies on “soft matter”. The centre will be created as part of the project entitled “Centre for Microscopic Studies on Matter (CMBM SPIN-Lab)”, and its implementation will allow to conduct advanced scientific research, research and development work, as well as training activities.
The project provides for the implementation of building and infrastructural investment, as well as introduction of modern management methods for research and development work, oriented towards science-research-development goals, related to the new guidelines for evaluation of research universities and cooperation with the business sector.
It includes construction of a new facility in the Chorzów Campus, which will be equipped with several modern electron microscopes to enable conducting correlative studies on matter, including the transmission cryogenic microscope and scanning microscopes coupled with spectroscopic techniques, as well as confocal microscope and atomic force microscope.
The creation of CMBM SPIN-Lab is ultimately intended to consolidate and develop research which is conducted in the region, including e.g. studies on physiochemical properties of modern materials and nanomaterials applicable in medicine, pharmacy, aviation, automotive sector, and many others. The implementation of modern methods for science and research management in the field of microscopy, together with the integration of scientific community and research conducted in science and research units in the region, is intended to contribute to creating the European competence centre.
The University of Silesia in Katowice has received support for implementation of the project entitled “Centre for Microscopic Studies on Matter (CMBM SPIN-Lab)” from the funds of the Regional Operational Programme of the Silesian Voivodeship 2014–2020 (European Regional Development Fund), Priority Axis: I. Modern Economy, Action: 1.1. Key research infrastructure for the region.
The total project value is PLN 31,539,791.67, and the implementation period lasts from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2022.