8 Web IMNThe Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals in Gliwice (Poland) is the main scientific centre of Polish non-ferrous metals industry. The Institute’s complex activities comprise: research, development, consulting and implementation works, industrial and laboratory tests, modern engineering solutions and technical services. IMN address the following fields: novel powder and composite materials, processing of metals and alloys, analytical chemistry, wastes recovery and utilization, environmental protection, treatment of non-ferrous metals ores and other mineral materials, pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical processes of metals recovery from ores, concentrates and secondary raw materials, recovery of the by-product metals.

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The institute is equipped with lab-scale units, pilot plants and modern analytical equipment assuring technical conditions for realization of different projects.
Web CLAiOThe IMN-CLAiO Division in Poznań (Central Laboratory of Batteries and Cells) is a highly specialized research organization with many years of experience in the field of chemical power sources, focused on manufacture and modernization of energy storage and on properties of primary and secondary batteries or fuel cells.
The IMN facilities, equipment and extensive contacts in industry allows the insitute to perform research works not only on laboratory, but also on a pilot and even on industrial scale.
IMN is organized in five main divisions:
Material science and engineering of metals and ceramics
– development of technology of material production by milling, mechanical synthesis, pressing, sintering and plasma techniques
– production of nanocrystalline powder and solid materials
– metallic composites exhibiting thermoelectric, magnetocaloric and magnetostriction effect
– soft magnetic materials – amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys
– plasma sprayed or galvanic functional coatings – corrosion, wear resistant, biologically active etc.
– multicomponent nanocomposites with intermetallic hydrogen absorbing alloys, graphite intercalation compounds, carbon-carbon, carbon-metal and conducting polymer-metal composites – in electrochemical cells
Processing of metals and alloys:
– development of technology for melting, refining and casting of non-ferrous metals
– design of material properties by a proper modification of microstructure by precipitation, introduction of dispersive particles or production of nanometals, plastic deformation
Environmental protection and recycling
– technologies for water utilization, conditioning, industrial waste water treatment, slurry separation and design of industrial installations
– development of microbiological technologies for metals recovery, organic substances removal, waste water treatment
– examination of physicochemical properties and mineralogical composition of non-ferrous ores, mineral and waste materials
– development of enrichment technology
Metallurgy, hydrometallurgy
– ion exchange, liquid ion exchange extraction
– recovery and refining of precious metals as well as salts of these metals
Electrochemical power sources
– research and application works on new battery materials as well as R&D works on new types of primary and secondary batteries


  • Electron Probe Micro-Analysis (EPMA) for structure and morphology, chemical composition, elemental distribution of powders, bulk materials and nanomaterials;
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) for structure and morphology with high magnifications of nanomaterials, powders and bulk materials;
  • Specific surface analyzer to investigate surface area, mesopore, micropore, static and dynamic chemisorption, heat of adsorption, vapour adsorption;
  • Laser particle sizer for physical characterization of grain size distribution;
  • X-ray Diffraction (XRD) for structural characterization and phase composition to investigate crystal structure, phase composition, crystallite sizes, strain and crystallographic texture in nanomaterials, powders and sinters;
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) for structural characterization;
  • Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) for physical characterization;
  • Seebeck equipment for pysiscal propertires ccharacterization of seebeck coefficient and electrical resistance;
  • SIgmatest equipment for physical properties characterization of metal conductivity and thermoelectric cells characterization;
  • Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA), Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) and Specific Heat Capacity (DSC-Cp) for physical characterization an phase transformation in solid and liquid state, characteristic temperatures and enthalpy;
  • Magnetocalorimetry for physical characterization of magnetocaloric effect by direct measurements;
  • Tribotester to innvestigate tribological properties, wear resistance in various conditions and temperatures;
  • Hardness tester to investigate physical properties through Hardness b Rockwell, Brinell and Vickers method;
  • Viscosimeter for charactorization of viscosity up to high temperatures;
  • Planetary mills, High Energy Ball Mills (HEBM) and Cryogenic mills for materials production: grinding, homogenization and nanopowder preparation;
  • Casting machines for amorphous ribbons materials production;
  • Furnaces for heat treatment during material production;
  • Reactors to investigate equilibrium and kinetic studies under controlled oxygen potential conditions.