Trzebiatowski Institute of Low Temperature and Structural Research is a research institute of the Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences Division of Polish Academy of Sciences. It employs 109 researchers including 30 professors, 25 with the postdoctoral degree (habilitation), 29 with the doctoral degree (2017).

Research interests include wide research of physicochemical structure of solid state and connection to physical, chemical and spectroscopic properties, especially in low temperatures. Institute’s specialty are investigations of magnetic 5f- and 4f -electron systems, superconductors, physics of phase transitions and molecular spectroscopy.

The main tasks of the Institute are: conducting scientific research (mostly basic, pre-application studies); scientific training of researchers and specialists with qualifications connected with Institute’s interests and used research methods; cooperation with universities and colleges in teaching duties; smoothing the way of applying of the obtained results; supporting of the governmental units in metrological duties; and popularization of knowledge connected with Institute’s interests. Institute Scientific Council has rights to award PhD and PhD hab. degrees in physics and chemistry.

Contact: Wiesław Stręk ( – TransFerr Coordinator

Team Leaders

Prof. dr hab. Wiesław Stręk

Prof. Stręk is expert in the field Laser spectroscopy, luminescence properties of rare earth and transition metal ions in crystal, glasses and nanostructures, theory of electronic relaxation (f-f and d-d radiationless transitions, multiphoton transitions in rare earth complexes, cooperative interactions) in metal complexes, nonlinear optics, sol-gel materials, nanotechnology, size-effects in nanomaterials, nanomaterials for fuel cells, nanophosphors, optical nanoceramics, optical sensors, biophysics (photodynamical therapy, bioimaging, cryotherapy). He is an author of over 450 publications and 50 patents. His publications were cited without self-citations more than 4500 times. He has h-index: 34. W. Stręk was invited to many foreign universities where he gave invited talks or lectures or conducted workshops for young scientists (Copenhagen University, Paris University, Lyon University, Argone National Laboratory, Darmstadt Technical University, Helsinki University, Institute of Physics NANB, University of Verona, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem). He is also visiting professor in Ber-Sheva University (Israel), Institute of Crystallography, RAS (Russia), Institute of Electrotechnics, Yekaterinburg (Russia), University of Pernambuco, Department of Chemistry (Brazil). He received many international innovations awards and was chairman of dozen international conferences.

Contact: Anna Łukowiak ( – TransFerr Project Manager

Dr hab. Anna Łukowiak

Dr. Anna Lukowiak received her PhD in chemistry from Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland) and post-doctoral degree in chemistry from the Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research PAS. She has been an assistant professor at ILTSR PAS since 2008. In 2011 – 2013, she worked in postdoc positions at the Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand (France) and at the Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie CNR (Italy). Her current research activity concerns mainly synthesis and physicochemical analysis of sol–gel-derived optical materials, lanthanide-doped nanocrystals, graphene oxide composites, and biomaterials. Currently, she is a principal investigator in two national (NCN) and two international projects (EraNet-LAC, MSCA-RISE).