Prof. Paweł Zięba, Ph.D., D.Sc.

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Employment and positions

Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science, Polish Academy of Sciences: Ph.D. studies(1984-1987), assistant professor (1987-1998), associate professor (1998-2003). From 2003 Professor with tenure. From 2001- head of the Photovoltaic Laboratory of the Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science of the Polish Academy of Science. From 2003-2011 Director for Scientific Research at the same Institute. Director of the Institute 2011-2019.

Scientific Career

M.Sc.: AGH-University of Science and Technology, 1981

Ph.D.: Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, 1987

D.Sc.: Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, 1997

Professor: President of the Republic of Poland, Scientific title, 2003

Corresponding member of Polish Academy of Sciences -  since 2016

Scientific achievements

369 papers, among them: 203 papers in refereed journals and periodicals (161 of them included in Web of Science), 153 presentations during conferences, 13 books and chapters in books.

The most relevant publications during last 5 years 

  1. D. M. Fronczek, J. Wojewoda-Budka, R. Chulist, A. Sypien, A. Korneva, Z. Szulc, N. Schell, P. Zieba (2015): Structural properties of Ti/Al clads manufactured by explosive welding and annealing, Materials and Design 91 (2016) 80-89

  2. J.Wojewoda-Budka, A.Wierzbicka-Miernik, L.Litynska-Dobrzynska, M.J Szczerba, M.Mosialek, Z.Huber, P.Zieba: Microstructure characteristics and phase transformations of the Ni-P and Ni-P-Re electroless deposited coatings after heat treatment, Electrochimica Acta 209, (2016) 183-191.

  3. P. Sobik, R. Pawłowski, A. Pluta, O. Jeremiasz, K. Drabczyk, G. Kulesza-Matlak, P. Zięba (2019): The impact of ribbon treatment on the interconnection of solar cells with a glass free PV module, Microelectronic International 36, 95-99.

  4. P. Zięba: Recent developments in discontinuous precipitation, Archives of Metallurgy and Materials 62, (2017) 963-976.

  5. A.A. Mazilkin, B.B. Straumal, A.R. Kilmametov, T. Boll, B. Baretzky, O.A. Kogtenkova, A. Korneva, P. Zięba: Competition for impurity atoms between defects and solid solution during high pressure torsion, Scripta Materialia 173 (2019) 46-50

  6. P. Zięba, M. Faryna, M. Chronowski, Combined in situ and EBSD studies of discontinuous precipitation in Al-22 at.%Zn alloy, Materials Characterization 157 (2019) 109889

  7. M. Chronowski, P. Zięba, On the go-and-stop motion of the discontinuous precipitation front. Archives of Civil and Mechanical Engineering 20, (2020) 35,

  8. B.B. Straumal, A.R. Kilmametov, B. Baretzky, O.A. Kogtenkova, P.B. Straumal, L. Lityńska-Dobrzyńska, R. Chulist, A. Korneva, P. Zięba, High pressure torsion of Cu-Ag and Cu-Sn alloys: limits for solubility and dissolution, Acta Materialia 195 (2020) 184-198,

  9. P. Zięba, M. Chronowski and J. Morgiel, Micro-analytical studies of discontinuous precipitation in Fe-Zn alloys, Archives of Civil and Mechanical Engineering 20, (2020) 76,

  10. A. Kilmametov, A. Gornakova, M. Karpov, N. Afonikova, A. Korneva, P. Zięba, B. Baretzky, B. Straumal: Influence of -Stabilizers on the α-Ti->ωTi Transformation in Ti-Based Alloys, Processes 8, (2020) 1135; doi:10.3390/pr8091135

Research Projects

Projects from National Centre for Science

  • Analysis of the parameters leading to steady-state in Cu-based alloys subjected to high pressure torsion, OPUS No. 2014/13/B/ST8/04247, IMMS PAS, supervisor, 2015-2018

  • Mass transport during phase transformations at migrating boundaries of discontinuous precipitates-experiment vs. modelling, OPUS No. 2017/25/B/ST8/02198, IMMS PAS, supervisor 2018-2021

Projects from National Centre for Research and Development

  • PV-In-line processing of n+/p and p/p+ junction systems for cheap photovoltaic module production (Inline), Polish-Norwegian Research Programme, No. POL-NOR/199380/89/2014, supervisor in IMMS PAS (2014-2016)

  • Isothermal and refrigeration photovoltaic car body (WOLTER), GEKON Programme - Generator of Ecological Concepts, supervisor in IMIM PAS (2014-2016)

Structural Funds

  • Operational Program Smart Growth, co-financed by European Social Funds Development of technology for the production of copper component and pastes used in the manufacture of silicon cells electrical contacts, POIR.01.01.01-1598/15-00 co-ordinator in IMMS PAS (2016-2018).

  • Operational Program Knowledge Education Development, co-financed by European Social Funds, International, interdisciplinary PhD studies in the field of materials science with English as the lecturing language, WND-POWR.03.02.00-00-1043/16, IMMS PAS, supervisor (2017-2021).

Projects from Ministry of Science and Higher Education

  • Organization of National Science and Industry Conference „Photovoltaics 2020" and elaboration of "White Book of Innvation in Polish Photovoltaics, DIALOG, 0013/DLG/2017/10, Supervisor and Chairman of Scientific Committee of the Conference, Editor in-cheef of "White Book", IMMS PAS (2017-2018).

International exchange programmes

  • Metallic glasses:viscous flow, termal stability in relation to mechanical properties, Space Research and Technology Institute of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (2015-2017).

  • Optimisation of Surface properties of Al alloys with perspective in terrestrial and space application, Space Research and Technology Institute of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (2018-2020).


Experience gained abroad:

British Council Fellowship: Manchester Materials Science Centre 1991-1992 (11 months)

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship: Max-Planck Institute für Metallforschung/Institut für Metallkunde der Stuttgart Universität, 1997-2001 (24 months)

Some shorter visits: North West STEM Laboratory, Liverpool-Manchester, 1995 (1 month), Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France 1998 (2 weeks), Lehigh University in Bethlehem, USA, 1999 (2 weeks), Technion Israel Institute of Technology; Haifa 2000-2001 (each year 2 weeks).

Prizes and awards:

1981 - M.Sc. with honour

1985 - Prize from the Rector of the University of Mining and Metallurgy

1987 - Ph.D. with honour and Prize of the General Secretary of the Polish Academy of Sciences

1995 - II degree prize of Foundation for Development of Materials Science

1991 - British Council Fellowship

1997 - Alexander von Humboldta Fellowship

1998 - First Prize from the President of the IV Division (Technical Sciences) of the Polish Academy of Sciences

1999 - Werner Köster Prize from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde and Carl-Hanser Verlag for the best paper published in 1999 in Zeitschrift für Metallkunde

2000 - Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation- for the purchase of the equipment for preparation of samples for analytical electron microscopy

2006 - Silver Cross of Merit for the all the scientific activity

2007 - Special remark in Polish Science Cronics-Who is who in Polan

2009 - Honorable medal of Materials Engineering Cathedra in Gdansk Technological University

2009 - Honorable medal for 65th anniversary of the tradition of materials engineering in Silesia

2011 - Award of Polish and Russian Academy of Sciences for outstanding scientific achievements in bilateral co-operation

2011 Honorable Medal of 65th Anniversary of Foundry Institute in Cracow

2012 Honorable Statuette of 60 Anniversary of Institute of Non-ferrous Metals in Gliwice

2012 World Academy of Materials and Manufacturing Engineering Diploma for Extraordinary Research Achievements

2012 Polish - Slovakian Medal for cooperation with Faculty of Metallurgy of Technical in Kosice

2012 Knight's Cross of Polonia Restituta Order for all the scientific achievements

2012 „Primo Loco" Honorable Medal from West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin

2012 „Omnia Pro Patria" Honorable Statuetee from Military University of Technology in Warsaw

2012 Knight's Cross of Polonia Restituta Order for all the scientific achievements

2013 Title of Honorary Worker of Foundry Research Institute

2014 Gold Horeseshue of 65 Anniversary of Metal Forming Institute in Poznan

2014 Plaque of Appreciation from the Korean Powder Metallurgy Institute In recognition of contribution to the 13th International Symposium on Novel and Nano Materials (ISNNM-2014)

2014 Honorable Statuette of 20th Anniversary of Acta Metallurgica Slovaca, CMME 2014

2014 Plaque of Appreciation for outstanding and comprehensive lecture entitled Diffusion soldering-fundamentals and application at 2014 Fall Conference of the KPMI

2015 Honorable Statuette „Gold Goose" for co-operation with Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals, Light Metals Division in Skawina, focusing on development of aluminium industry in Poland

2016 Diploma and badge of honor of the Ministry of Economy merit incurred for the development of economy of the Republic of Poland

2016 Medal of the 70th anniversary of the Foundry Institute in recognition of the achievements in the field of scientific and research cooperation, technical and organizational area and the development of the Institute of Foundry

2016 Statue of Saint Barbara on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Faculty of Foundry Engineering of AGH-University of Science and Technology for a permanent and fruitful cooperation and supporting the activities of the Faculty, for the good of Polish foundry

2018 Friend of Materials Science and Engineering of Warsaw Technological University

2019 Meritorious for the Department of Materials Engineering and Metallurgy of Silesian Technological University

2019 Honorable Prize of SITM- Metallurgist Statuette in the Category-Friend of SITM

Education of scientific staff

Superviser of 6 PhD thesis: Djamel Bradai (1999), Krzysztof Hodor (2002), Silvana Sommadossi (2002), Joanna Wojewoda (2007), Przemysław Skrzyniarz (2012), Grażyna Kulesza-Matlak (2014).

External reviewer 14 PhD, 18 DSc and in 8 procedures - the President of Commission, 20 applications for professor title, 10 applications for the position of professor.

Reviewer: Acta Materialia (Awarded in 2016 as "Outstanding Reviewer"), Philosophical Magazine, Journal of Phase Equilibria and Diffusion, Archives of Metallurgy and Materials, Inżynierii Materiałowej (Materials Engineering), Solid State Phenomena, Microscopy and Microanalysis, International Journal of Materials Research, Journal of Materials Science, Materials Chemistry and Physics, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, National Science Centre, National Centre for Research and Development and Foundation for Polish Science.


Organisation of conferences and scientific events

Member of scientific committee: International Conference on Electron Microscopy of Solids (2005, 2008, 2011, 2014), Solid-Solid Phase Transformation in Inorganic Materials (2005, 2011), Diffusion in solids: past, present and future (2005, 2010), 3rd International Conference, Mass and Charge Transport in Inorganic Materials (2006), Advanced Materials and Technologies, (2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019), EMAS-10th European Workshop, Gdańsk (2009), ISNNM-2014-13th International Symposium on Novel and Nano Materials (2014, 2016, 2018), 9th Scientific Conference on Surface Engineering-INPO 2014,

Co-chairman Symposium MRS Fall Meeting: Multiscale Kinetic Modelling of Materials (2006), Co-ordinator of Joining panel in EUROMAT (2009), Member of Scientific Committee of EUROMAT (2015).

Chairman of Organizing Committee, member of Programme and Scientific Committee of XIIth International Symposium on Explosive Production of New Materials: Science, Technology, Business and Innovation, EPNM-2014

Guest Editor: Materials Chemistry and Physics (2003) and Microscopy and Microanalysis (2003), Archives of Metallurgy (2004), Defect and Diffusion Forum (2005), Research Signpost (2005), Solid StatePhenomena (2006), Journal of Materials Science (2009), Institute of Physics Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering (2009).

Membership in professional societies:

European Materials Research Society, Electron Microscopy and Analysis Society, Deutsche Geseltschaft für Materialkunde, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, World Academy of Materials and Materials Engineering (since 2006), Member of Executive Committee of Federation of European Materials Societies (2011-2015), Polish Association for Materials Science (General Secretary 2003-2011), Polish Society for Microscopy (member of audit board 2011-2014), Member of Committee on Materials Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2007-2020) and chairman of the Section for Examination Techniques of Materials (2007-2015), Member of Committee on Metallurgy of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2012-2020), since 2020- President of Materials Engineering and Metallurgy Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Advisory Board of International Journal of Materials Research, Member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Editor in-chief of Archives of Metallurgy and Materials.

Main scientific interest

Modern methods of materials characterization including electron microscopy, Mass and charge transport at grain boundaries of metallic and ceramic materials. Fuctionally graded materials and protective coatings. Interconnection and joining of materials, Renewable energy sources, Silicon solar cells.