Composite Materials & Coatings Group
The activity of the Composite Materials & Coatings Group is focused on the development of new polymer composite materials and coatings with desired properties.
- design and preparation of polymer nanocomposites and protective coatings e.g. hydrophobic and/or superhydrophobic, oleophobic, self-cleaning, ‘easy-to-clean’, anti-graffiti and potentially anti-icing coatings
- coatings deposition using various techniques such as spin-coating, dip-coating or spray-coating
- surface texturization and functionalization by chemical modification from liquid or gas phase, surface activation using the low temperature air plasma system, polymer surface etching by air or oxygen plasma treatment
- testing of polymer materials, nanocomposites and coatings properties in particular the investigation of wettability, surface free energy and liquid-substrate interactions
Jacek Marczak, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Sep 2013 PhD in Chemistry, specialisation: Nanotechnology
Faculty of Chemistry, University of Lodz, Poland
Jun 2009 MSc in Chemistry
Faculty of Chemistry, University of Lodz, Poland
Apr 2020 – present
Head of Research Group of Composite Materials and Coatings, Łukasiewicz Research Network – PORT Polish Center for Technology Development, Wrocław, Poland
Jan 2019 – present
Łukasiewicz Research Network – PORT Polish Center for Technology Development, Wrocław, Poland – managing of the project “Technology development for the production of passive anti-icing systems based on innovative superhydrophobic epoxy nanocomposite coatings”, financed by National Centre for Research and Development under the 9th edition of the LIDER programme
Jan 2017 – present
Expert for R&D project evaluation, National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR), Warsaw, Poland
Jan 2018 – Apr 2020
Implementation and maintenance of the PN-EN ISO/IEC 17025 Quality Management System in the Polymer Materials Laboratory confirmed by the accreditation certificate of Polish Center of Accreditation, Łukasiewicz Research Network – PORT Polish Center for Technology Development, Wrocław, Poland
Apr 2017 – Apr 2020
Head of Polymer Materials Laboratory, Łukasiewicz Research Network – PORT Polish Center for Technology Development, Wrocław, Poland
Sep 2014 – Apr 2017
Research Engineer in Polymer Materials Laboratory, Wroclaw Research Centre EIT+, Wroclaw, Poland
Sep 2014 – Dec 2015
Wroclaw Research Centre EIT+, Wroclaw, Poland – managing of the project “Technology development for the production of self-cleaning coatings based on epoxy resin nanocomposites for construction materials protection” and main researcher in the project „Soft lithography processing of micro-size Fresnel lens for on-chip applications”, both from NCBiR, POIG – NanoMat “The Application of Nanotechnology in Advanced Materials” (POIG. 01.01.02-02-002/08),
Sep 2012 – Feb 2014
Faculty of Chemistry, University of Lodz, Poland – managing of the project “Chemically modified epoxy resins as a material for superhydrophobic coatings”, financed by Polish National Science Centre (NCN)
Feb 2011 – Jun 2011
Scientific internship at the Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, Lanzhou, China
– Grant Lider awarded by National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) under the 9th edition of the LIDER programme (2018)
– 1st Award for the best poster presentation, at VI Polish Conference on Nanotechnology, Szczecin, Poland, (2013)
– Grant Preludium awarded by Polish National Science Centre – NCN (2012 – 2014)
– Scholarship awarded by Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, Lanzhou, China (2011)
– Donation for young scientist awarded by Regional Investment in Young Scientists, University of Lodz, City of Lodz Office, Poland (2010 – 2011)
– Scholarship for the best PhD students awarded by University of Lodz (2009 – 2013)
Michał Piłkowski, MSc eng.
Michał Piłkowski graduated Chemical Technology on West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, his specialization was Technology of Plastics, Fibers and Elastomers. He works in our group since December 2017, mainly researching aging tests and wetting of various materials like solids, powders and liquids.
Gianluca Morgiante, MSc eng.
Gianluca Morgiante was a student of Gdansk University of Technology, AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow who graduated at Lodz University of Technology with MSc diploma in Chemistry of Building Materials. His experience is related to polymer composites and concrete technology with addition of analytical chemistry and corrosion.
The scientific area of the Composite Materials & Coatings Group is focused on the development and characterization of composite materials and coatings with defined surface wettability properties for potential applications in industry (e.g. self-cleaning, anti-graffiti and anti-icing). Moreover, we provide assessment of the wettability properties, aging tests with the expertise in development of composite materials. We invite you to cooperation for applied and basic research projects.
Lider Project Abstract
Crucial for many industry and life aspects is passive anti-icing system production. Passive anti-icing systems do not need electrical energy to work. Adhesion reduction of super-cooled water droplets to the substrate in different weather conditions and thereby ice formation prevention (reduction of ice adhesion to the surface) is the main problem needs to be solved. Technology development of the superhydrophobic coatings with anti-icing properties preparation process is the aim of this project. Obtained superhydrophobic surfaces based on epoxy nanocomposites will be characterized by high efficiency in different weather conditions. This surfaces do not need electrical energy to efficient work. The superhydrophobic surfaces preparation technology developed in this project allows for simple industrial scale implementation.
The proposed research program has strongly application character with defined recipient of developed technology (aerospace and energy industry). The research have a high scientific value. The results of proposed research program are innovative:
– prepared innovative superhydrophobic coatings with anti-icing properties and high efficiency in different weather conditions.
Effectiveness of coatings deposited on the aircraft wing will be verified by: a) tests in wind tunnel with icing conditions b) tests during flight at an altitude of 1000 meters,
– new knowledge in superhydrophobic and anti-icing properties designing.
Currently used anti-icing systems need electrical energy to work, therefore the project has high commercialization potential.
– NCBR, LIDER IX (LIDER/47/0194/L-9/17/NCBR/2018) “Technology development for the production of passive anti-icing systems based on innovative superhydrophobic epoxy nanocomposite coatings” (01/2019-12/2021) – (Jacek Marczak – leader)
– NCBR, 8/2016, “Development of innovative personalisation technology for polycarbonate blanks of identification documents” (12/2016 – 09/2019) – (co-investigators)- NCBR, POIG – NanoMat “The Application of Nanotechnology in Advanced Materials” (POIG. 01.01.02-02-002/08), – two projects: 08/2014-12/2015:
- “Technology development for the production of self-cleaning coatings based on epoxy resin nanocomposites for construction materials protection” – (Jacek Marczak – leader
- „Soft lithography processing of micro-size Fresnel lens for on-chip applications” – (Jacek Marczak – co-investigator)
– NCN nr. 2011/03/N/ST8/05879 Preludium “Chemically modified epoxy resins as a material for superhydrophobic coatings” (09/2012 – 02/2014) – (Jacek Marczak – leader)
– Project for young scientists: “Preparation of superhydrophobic coatings with hierarchical surface structures and well wear resistance” (03/2010 – 12/2011) – (Jacek Marczak – leader)
- emulsion stability tests
- wettability (water contact angle – WCA, sliding angle – SA) and surface free energy measurements of solid materials and coatings
- surface tension analysis of liquids
- dynamic light scattering (size and Zeta potential of analyzed coloids)
- color analyzis of solid materials and coatings (L*a*b*, ΔE parameters)
- gloss analyzis of solid materials and coatings in angle: 20˚, 60˚, 85˚
- accelerated aging tests: UV, thermal shock, climate, temperaturę, humidity, corrosion (salt spray, SO2) resistance
- FTIR Spectroscopy
- AFM microscopy (topography and roughness analysis)
1. J. Marczak, M. Kargol, M. Psarski, G. Celichowski,
“Modification of epoxy resin, silicon and glass surfaces with alkyl- or fluoroalkylsilanes for hydrophobic properties”, Applied Surface Science, 2016, 380, 91-100
2. Siudzinska, A.; Miszczuk, A.; Marczak, J.; Komorowska, K.,
“Fluorescent sensing with Fresnel microlenses for optofluidic systems”, Optical Engineering, Vol. 56, Issue: 5, 2017, DOI: 10.1117/1.OE.56.5.057106
3. T. Bobinski, G. Sobieraj, K. Gumowski, J. Rokicki, M. Psarski, J. Marczak, G. Celichowski,
“Droplet impact in icing conditions – the influence of ambient air humidity”, Archives of Mechanics, (66, 2, 127–142) 2014
4. M. Psarski, J. Marczak, J. Grobelny, G. Celichowski,
“Superhydrophobic Surface by Replication of Laser Micromachined Pattern in Epoxy/Alumina Nanoparticle Composite”, Journal of Nanomaterials, (Volume 2014, 1-11) 2014
5. M. Psarski, G. Celichowski, J. Marczak, K. Gumowski, G. Sobieraj
“Superhydrophobic dual sized filler epoxy composite coatings”, Surface and Coatings Technology(225, 66–74) 2013
6. M. Psarski, J. Marczak, G. Celichowski, G. Sobieraj, K. Gumowski, F. Zhou, W. Liu,
”Hydrophobization of epoxy nanocomposite surface with 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluoro-octyltrichlorosilane for superhydrophobic properties”, Central European Journal of Physics (7, 2549–2556) 2012