Luminescent Materials Laboratory

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Luminescent Materials Laboratory

The laboratory is suited to perform synthesis of materials with well-designed luminescent properties. Next a comprehensive characterization of their luminescent properties and a composition analysis can be made. These materials have applications in various areas, from modern lighting (e.g. of LED type), through anti-counterfeiting marking, to advanced medical technologies. The Luminescent Materials Laboratory consists of modern equipped laboratories of Organic Synthesis, Inorganic Synthesis, Special Synthesis Methods and Clean Synthesis. In these laboratories there is possible to synthesize organic compounds, rare earth based complexes and materials as well as nanoparticles. An available equipment allows to carry out reactions in solution or in solid phase using a conventional thermal heating or microwave irradiation, at reduced or elevated pressure. Microwave reactors allow to perform up to 10 reactions at the same time. Glove boxes allow to obtain compounds requiring an inert atmosphere during the synthesis. A preparation of different samples, as for example industrial samples, pharmaceutical, or environmental ones for analysis can be performed using a multi- task apparatus for the extraction, spray drying, vacuum drying and lyophilization. A post reaction heat-treatment can be performed in high-temperature furnaces. A full spectroscopic characterization of obtained substances can be made in Optical Spectroscopy Laboratory, which is a part of Luminescent Materials Laboratory. A quantitative analysis of the materials composition can be carried out in Quantitative Analysis Laboratory, which is equipped with an optical emission spectrometer with inductively coupled plasma (ICP-OES) and atomic absorption spectrometer (AAS).


  • synthesis of compounds with defined luminescent properties, as for example a wide emission range, characteristic and unique emission spectra,
  • preparation of different samples (industrial, pharmaceutical, environmental) for analysis by ICP-OES or AAS methods,
  • multi-element analysis of various types of samples



  • MICROWAVE REACTORS, emitting a homogeneous microwave field, have possibility of temperature, heating power and pressure programming; they can be air cooled, – a low-pressure microwave reactor, model RotoSYNTH (Milestone Inc.) gives an opportunity to perform a reaction both in liquid and solid phase at reduced pressure, and at microwave power to 1200 W, – a high-pressure microwave reactor, model MicroSYNTH (Milestone Inc.) gives a possibility to conduct up to 10 reactions at the same time, equipped with pressure vessels of a capacity of 35 mL and maximum working pressure to 30 bar, and a microwave power to 1600 W.


  • HIGH-PRESSURE REACTORS FOR SYNTHESES, models 4575B and 4576B (Parr Instruments) – with a capacity of 250 and 500 mL, maximum working pressure to 345 bar and temperature of 500°C, equipped with a mechanical stirrer.


  • GLOVE BOXES, I.A. GLOVE BOX WITH 4 OPERATE GLOVES, model Unilab Pro Eco SP 2000/78 (M. Braun Inertgas-Systeme GmbH) – designed do work under oxygen and water-free atmosphere, and equipped with a Leica M60 microscope.


  • AUTOMATIC SOXHLET EXTRACTOR, model B-811 (Büchi Labortechnik AG) – constructed from four independent working stations to perform parallel extraction from different kind of solid and half-solid matrixes, allows to conduct a process (a drying phase) under an inert atmosphere, is intended i.a. for assay substances in various industrial and environmental samples.


  • SPRAY DRYER, model B-290 (Büchi Labortechnik AG) is dedicated for drainage of products in the form of a solution to the form of a powder, can be used in a food industry to prepare for example a powdered milk, in a pharmaceutical industry to dry extracts as well as in cosmetic and chemical industries.


  • LYOPHILIZER, model Alpha 2-4 LDPlus (Martin Christ Gefriertrocknungsanlagen GmbH) is intended for lyophilization of biological materials, food, pharmacological products, precipitates, chemical products and archaeological materials.


  • HIGH TEMPERATURE FURNACES: – compact high-temperature chamber furnaces, model LHT 8/18/P310 (Nabertherm), with a maximum working temperature up to 1800 °C and a capacity of 8 L, – muffle furnaces, models: L9/12/P330, L15/13/P330, L24/12/P330 (Nabertherm), with a maximum working temperature up to 1300 °C and a capacity from 9 to 24 L.


  • OPTICAL EMISSION SPECTROMETER WITH INDUCTIVELY COUPLED PLASMA (ICP-OES), model iCAP 7000 Series (Thermo Scientific) provides a high-speed multi-element analysis at trace level in the spectral range from 166 to 847 nm.


  • ATOMIC ABSORPTION SPECTROMETER, model SavantAA S (GBC) is dedicated to the analysis of elements in the spectral range from 185 to 900 nm, possesses 8 fully automated lamps and provides a programmable control of the flame.


JCdr JOANNA CYBIŃSKA (Head of the laboratory)


    • e-mail:
    • phone no.: (48) 717347104
    • room: 3.02 (building 3)

Bibliographic info: 

      • publications: 47
      • index h: 13
      • imp f: 144.34     

International researchFellowships and abroad associates:

      • Marie Curie Actions: Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal/2004
      • Universität zu Köln, Cologne, Germany /2008
      • Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany /2009-2011  

Organisation of conferences and edition of scientific journals:

      • Scientific secretatary : ESTE 2010, REMAT 2013, ICL2014, ESTE 2016
      • Handling Editor Optical Materials 2005-2014
      • Guest Editor: Optical Materials (2010), J. of Rare Earth (2013), Procedia Physics (2015), J. Luminescence (2015, 2016)

Research experience and interest:

      • Synthesis of luminescent single crystals doped with rare earth ions; in absolutely anhydrous conditions and by using Bridgeman and solid state reaction methods
      • Phosphors for White Light Emitting Diodes (WLEDs)
      • Synthesis nanosized inorganic materials using different technique including the microwave assisted solvothermal method and hydrothermal method
      • Synthesis of nanoscale phosphors doped with lanthanide ions using ionic liquids
      • Luminescent Ionic Liquids



      • e-mail:
      • phone no.: (48) 717347152
      • room: 3.07 (building 3)

Bibliographic info:

      • publications: 7
      • patents and patents applications : 2

Research experience and activities:

      • PhD Thesis: “Coordination polymers based on phosphonic acids – design, synthesis and structural characterization”, Wrocław University of Technology, 2016
      • leader of a research project financed by the National Science Centre
      • member of the Polish Crystallographic Association

Research interest:

      • organic synthesis, especially in synthesis of phosphonic acids
      • hydro/solvothermal synthesis of coordination polymers
      • determination of crystal structures of small molecules such as organic ligands and metal complexes
      • spectroscopic (1H, 13C, 31P NMR, FT-IR, FT-Raman), structural (single-crystal XRD, PXRD) and thermal (TG, DSC) analyses
      • characterization of luminescent properties (quantum yield, decay time) of compounds in the form of powders, solutions and thin films



      • e-mail:
      • phone no.: (48) 717347121
      • room: 3.07 (building 3)

Bibliographic info:

      • publications: 9
      • patents and patents applications : 1

Research experience:

      • PhD Thesis: “Study of azobenzene derivatives in optical information processing”, Wroclaw University of Technology, 2014
      • 12-month research project within the stipend „Rozwój potencjału dydaktyczno-naukowego młodej kadry akademickiej Politechniki Wrocławskiej”, Wroclaw University of Technology, MNiSW

Research interest:

      • characteristics of light- and electric field-induced effects in liquid crystals
      • fabrication and characteristics of liquid crystal cells
      • physico-chemical properties (optical, microscopic, thermal, electrical) of materials: polymers, dyes,  liquid crystals
      • instrumental analytical methods (e. g. optical spectroscopy, fluorimetry, polarimetry, potentiometry, conductometry)
      • SEM microscopy


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Posted by Agata Kołacz, Posted on 10.02.2016