Prof. Łukasz Kurpaska
studied at the Faculty of Material Science and Ceramics AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow. In 2012, he received a PhD title at the University of Technology of Compiegne, France. In 2019 he obtained habilitation (DSc) in materials engineering. In his works he mainly dealt with structural and mechanical properties of ion modified materials and effect of high temperaturę corrosion. His prime material fields of interests are steels, nickel and zirconium alloys, alumina coatings and ODS. He published over 50 journal papers. Prof. Łukasz Kurpaska is the Head of Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) in the National Center for Nuclear Research (NCBJ). He coordinated several expertise works for Polish industry and is working with numer of Polish accreditation and certificate institutions such as: Polish Center for Accreditation, Technical Inspection Authority and Office of Nuclear Regulation. MRL is the only laboratory in Poland equipped in set of 12 Hot Cells able to handle radioactive materials, while mechanical division of MRL is the only laboratory in Poland providing services in the field of fracture mechanics in accordance with ASTM, BS and ISO standards.
THE SCOPE OF THE RESEARCH
The group has wide experience of multiscale methods for mechanical property measurements and their relation to microstructure. At NOMATEN, Functional Properties measurements efforts will be made to study the following materials: stainless steels, ODS and/or HEAs, protective coatings based on Al2O3, zirconium and nickel alloys. We chose these materials because they are planned to be used in next generation nuclear power plants. Also, studies on austenitic steels and alumina coatings are supported by EU through M4F and GEMMA projects, respectively. This shows, that planned in the frame of NOMATEN studies are in line with the current trends in EU, and are of interest for the international community.