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[CEPT] Solvothermal synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials in the Laboratory of Nanostructures for Photonics and Nanomedicine, Center of Bio-Nanomaterials

Sylwia Kuśnieruk ,  Jacek Wojnarowicz ,  Aleksandra Kędzierska ,  Elżbieta Pietrzykowska ,  Agnieszka Opalińska ,  Tadeusz Chudoba ,  Iwona E. Malka ,  Jan Mizeracki ,  Adam M. Presz ,  Witold Łojkowski 

Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of High Pressure Physics (UNIPRESS), Sokolowska 29/37, Warszawa 01-142, Poland


Expertise of Laboratory of Nanostructures for Photonic and Nanomedicine IWC PAN lies in synthesis and comprehensive research on nanomaterials. Synthesis of nanomaterials requires the use of state of the art, advanced reactors. For more than 10 years the Laboratory of Nanostructures for Photonic and Nanomedicine IWC PAN has been developing solvothermal technologies of nanoparticles production. The process is based on the MSS Microwave Solvothermal Synthesis. The precursors of the reaction (solutions, suspensions) are enclosed in a pressure vessel and as a result of heating with the microwave energy, the temperature increases above the boiling point. The MSS process allows to prevent contamination of synthesis, by sealing the reaction vessel, which is made of chemically inert material, so an ultra-pure product is obtained. The mixing effect occurs in a microwave reactor, so that the obtained product is homogeneous. MSS technology innovation is the possibility to control the size of crystallite nanoparticles in a narrow distribution of size. Thanks to this technology, we are able to obtain nanoparticles in the range from 9 to 100 nm in ultra-short synthesis time. We can obtain power density in liquid reaching up to 10 W/ml. We specialize in the production of: HAp, ZnO and ZrO2 nanopowders.

We have constructed innovative reactors MSS-1 and MSS-2 and our reactors were awarded a gold medal at: 
1)    MSS-2 International Fair in Poznan, Innovation Technology Machines Poland, 2011
2)    MSS-1 International Exhibition in St. Petersburg in 2009.
MMS-2 technical parameters:
-    Maximum working pressure to 10 MPa
-    Temperature up to 260°C
-    Capacity 470 cm3
-    Microwave Heating at 2450 Mhz
-    Microwave power up to 3 kW
-    Chamber material PTFE and ceramic Al2O3

Research directions of the Laboratory of Nanostructures for Photonic and Nanomedicine IWC PAN are focused on the characteristics of nanomaterials and the possibility of their application in medicine, optics, optoelectronics pharmacy and cosmetics.
The correct characterization of nanometric-materials is necessary in order to determine the properties of materials. Research in these areas requires advanced, sophisticated measuring equipment. With co-financing from the European project CePT (Centre for Preclinical Research and Technology) laboratory has purchased devices such as:
- particle size distribution and zeta potential analyzer with an automatic titrator MPT-2 model Zetasizer Nano-ZS, Malvern
- particle size distribution analyzer model NS500, NanoSight
- ultra high resolution scanning electron microscope, model ULTRA plus, Zeiss with X-ray spectroscopy analyzer model Quantax 400, Bruker
- thermal stability analyzer TGA/DSC model STA 449 E1 Jupiter, Netzsch coupled with mass spectrometry analyzer model Gas Analitycal System QMS 403C, Netzsch and FTIR spectroscope analyzer System TENSOR27, Bruker
- viscometer analyser  model DV-II+Pro, BROOKFIELD
- bubble pressure analyser model BPA-1P, Sinterface
- particle dispersion analyzer model Turbiscan Lab, Formulaction
- OptiMax™ synthesis workstation for chemical and process development, Mettler-Toledo
- multi-parameter Instrument model ProLab 2000, SI Analytics, pH and conductivity measurement
In addition, the laboratory has such a measuring devices as:
- x-ray powder diffractometer model X’Pert PRO, Panalytical, and model D8, Bruker
- gas displacement density analyzer AccuPyc II 1340 Pycnometer,  Micromeritics and AccuPyc 1330 Pycnometer, Micromeritics
- surface area analyzer, model Gemini 2360, Micromeritics
Laboratory of Nanostructures for Photonic and Nanomedicine IWC PAN deals with the characteristics of nanomaterials obtained by our team, as well as provides research services such as analysis of density, surface area, morphology, phase composition, thermogravity of nanomaterials, surface tension, viscosity, stability and the size of nanoparticles in colloidal solutions and suspensions. We cordially invite you to collaborate with us in the area of nanoparticles synthesis and functionalization, their characterization, and applications in nanomedicine.


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Submitted: 2013-09-09 19:11
Revised:   2013-09-10 07:20