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Institute of Physics of Materials, Czech Academy of Sciences / Ústav fyziky materiálů AV ČR

Institute of Physics of Materials, Czech Academy of Sciences


The aim of the Institute of Physics of Materials of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v.v.i. (IPM ASCR, v.v.i.) is to elucidate the relation between the behaviour and properties of materials and their structural and microstructural characteristics.  

Particular emphasis is placed upon research into advanced metallic materials and composites with a metal base in relation to their microstructure and production technique. On this basis it is possible to optimise both the microstructure and material properties and to design advanced materials.

The Institute was established in 1955 as a part of the newly founded Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. Since that time it has been continuously developed to the present day. The Institute has more than 120 employees at present. More than one third of the staff are scientists (i.e. with a Ph.D. or equivalent degree). A number of Ph.D. students who perform their study at IPM is important.

The Institute is divided into three scientific departments and a service department. The scientific departments consist of ten research groups.Department of Mechanical Properties focuses on the physical nature of processes which occur in metallic materials during creep, fatigue, creep/fatigue, brittle fracture and their combinations in relation to the evolution of microstructure and structure. Department of Structure of Materials studies the structure of materials and selected thermodynamic, diffusion and magnetic properties. The term structure is understood in a broad sense, ranging from atomic bonds, through crystal lattice and its imperfections, the size of crystallites in materials, to the macroscopic dimensions of loaded bodies. Department CEITEC IPM is one of six organization units of the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC). The department is focused mainly on study of mechanical, transport and magnetic properties of advanced materials.

The IPM cooperates with many Czech and international industrial companies, research institutions and universities.