Services

CATRIN - Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials has at its disposal state-of-the-art research facilities. The centre uses its infrastructure to provide contract research, measurements or analytic work to partners from both industrial and public sector. The centre guarantees high quality of its services thanks to the top-class instrumentation and highly qualified staff with broad experience in both fundamental and applied research at an international level


The centre offers its services mainly in the following areas:

Microscopic Laboratory

This laboratory contains a collection of microscopic techniques whose composition covers a broad range of required analyses. The flagship of this laboratory is the high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) possessing also chemical mapping technology such as EDS and EELS. This microscopic technique is further complemented by standard transmission electron microscope (TEM) and scanning electron microscopes (SEM, SEM/FIB) utilizing the EDS. Due to SEM/FIB, it is possible to cut from thin films on different substrate very thin lamela and then visualize it in TEM (to study the thickness of the film).


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Electrochemical Energy Storage Laboratory

The laboratory offers services for the study of inorganic and organic spin-active materials, their magnetic properties, spin interactions and coordination environment. Also offers instrumentation for liquid and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance and for studying the thermal properties and thermal decomposition of materials.


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Laboratory of Techniques for Analyses in External Magnetic Fields

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X-ray Laboratory for Structural, Phase and Surface Analysis

This group of techniques includes diffraction and spectroscopic methods employing X-ray radiation for the complex structural, phase and surface chemical analysis of materials. Available techniques include an X-ray powder diffractometers (XRD) enabling phase analysis and the processing of samples at high temperatures, and an X-ray single crystal diffractometer for structural analysis of small solid crystals. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) may be used to analyze surfaces of solid samples composed of elements in the range from lithium to uranium with a depth of up to 10 nm.


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Trace Analytical Laboratory

The trace analytical lab is equipped with chromatographic techniques coupled with mass spectrometry and as well as conventional detectors. Our lab provides solid-phase extractions techniques for volatile and non-volatile analytes. The analytical procedure covers the identification and determination of mostly organic compounds in a wide range of molecular masses and polarity.


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Laboratory of Spectroscopic Methods

The laboratory of spectroscopy techniques is equipped with techniques based on the interaction of the sample with a light beam. Sample chemistry is consecutively based on the data obtained from the spectral absorption, refraction or scattering. The list of the techniques includes Raman microscopy and UV/Vis spectroscopy. The lab also contains unique technology based on the hyphenation of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Raman microscopy. This technique allows the analysis of sample surface, where data on the sample topography, morphology, surface potential, elasticity or plasticity can be obtained, and at the same time, highly correlated Raman maps can be measured on the same sampling places.


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Nanomaterials Toxicity Lab

Scientists from the Nanomaterials toxicity lab perform complex methodology analysis of cytotoxicity of nanomaterials using modern methods of molecular biology and biochemistry. Information gained from the measurements enable view into the processes on cellular and subcellular level with the aim to explain interaction of nanomaterials with the cell and their fate in cellular environment. The obtained results are very important since application of the nanomaterials in commercial sphere is growing rapidly.


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  • Flow Cytometry (BD FACSVerse™)
  • Optical Microscopy (Olympus IX 70) with Fluorescent Mode
  • Reader for Cell Culture Microplates (Tecan Infinite)
  • Flow Box
  • Incubator for Cells
  • Water Bath with Heating
  • Water Ultrasound Bath
  • Cell Counter
  • UV Transluminator with Cooled Camera

List of cytotoxicity assays:


  • Oxidative stress
    • Reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation
    • Antioxidant enzymes activity
  • MTT test
  • Viability/cytotoxicity
  • Proliferation
  • Cell cycle analysis
  • Mitochondrial membrane potential analysis
  • Genotoxicity
  • Cellular uptake mechanism analysis
  • Protein expression analysis
  • Hemolysis

Laboratory for the Analysis of Size and Surface Properties of Materials

The techniques gathered in this laboratory enable to determine surface energy and its distribution, particle size distribution and their zeta potential. The laboratory also enables to study suface area properties together with the pore-size distribution characteristics of powder materials.


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