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Professor Julian Ławrynowicz has passed away

We regret to announce the death of prof. Julian Ławrynowicz, who passed away on September 21. Professor Ławrynowicz was a long-term employee of KFCS UL.

Professor Julian Lawrynowicz was born in 1939 in Lodz. In 1955, he graduated from the XXV Stefan Zeromski High School. In the years 1955–1960 he studied mathematics and physics at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry of the University of Lodz. In 1960, after obtaining a diploma in these two fields, he started working at his alma mater, and from 1961 also at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. In 1964 he defended his doctoral dissertation „Variation methods in the theory of quasi-conformal mappings”. This work, written under the supervision of Zygmunt Charzynski, was awarded the PTM award. At the age of 29, he obtained a postdoctoral degree for his dissertation „New variation methods in the theory of conformal and quasi-conformal mappings”. In 1971, he became an associate professor at the Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and then, in 1976, after receiving an academic title, the position of associate professor, and in 1992 a full professor. For many years he was the head of the LodzBranch of the Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences and - nationwide - the Independent Complex of Complex Analysis and Differential Geometry Laboratory. From 1983 until his retirement, he also worked as a full professor at the Department, and then at the Department of Solid State Physics at the Faculty of Physics and Applied Informatics, University of Lodz.

Prof. Z. Klusek lectures:
Electrical nanopatterning of TiO2 surfaces on the cover of APL Materials.
Our Department contributed to a study showing that the resistance of confined surface areas can be switched by applying a voltage of several volts to an AFM tip. The images of erasing and scaling of electrical nanopatterning of TiO2 make the cover of the June issue of APL Materials.
Lodz City Stipend for PhD Students.
Our student Dorota Kowalczyk was awarded a supportive financial stipend by the Lodz City. The grant is aimed at supporting PhD Students working on crucial topics for development of Lodz.

Link: mlodziwlodzi.pl/inicjatywy/stypendia-miasta-lodzi/stypendysci-miasta-lodzi-20172018/
In the Department the studies of condensed matter are carried out both theoretically and experimentally.
Experimental investigations:
  • Scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM/STS) studies of graphene and graphene-metal interactions.
  • Investigations of graphene for elastic electronics.
  • Investigations of resistive switching phenomena in graphene oxide.
  • Application of electron microscopy for investigations of crystalline and amorphous thin films and surfaces. Transmission electron microscopy including Lorentz microscopy.
  • Studies of surfaces on atomic scale. Scanning tuneling microscopy, atomic and magnetic force microscopy, tuneling spectroscopy.
  • Application of channeling and backscattering of light ions with intermediate energy in studies of surfaces and near-surface layers.
  • Physicochemical studies of solids by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis.
Theoretical investigations:
  • Properties of inhomogeneous systems, thin films and multilayers with the role of surface and magnetic properties taken into account.
  • DFT studies of graphene-metal interactions.
  • Properties of systems with restricted and deformed geometry. Premelting phenomena.
  • Giant and colossal magnetoresistance.
  • Investigations of deterministic chaotic systems.
To guarantee an international standard for the above studies the qualified and experienced staff is employed, as well as the reach and modern laboratory equipment is at disposal.
In connection with the research work the Department is training under- and post-graduated students in solid state physics.