Department of Microstructure and Mechanics of Biomaterials


The laboratory studies structures of biomaterials from the nano scale to the macro scale with the use of various microscopic techniques and image analysis. Structure is analysed using various optical techniques, including confocal microscopy (CSLM), which is used for high-quality imaging of cellular structure and for quantitative analysis. For nanoscale analyses, atomic force microscopy (AFM) is used AFM provides the possibility of high resolution imaging and evaluation of mechanical properties at nanoscale can be done with the use of force spectroscopy. Additionally, biochemical imaging is performed with the use of confocal Raman microspectroscopy.



  • Structure observations at multiple scales, from nano to macro.
  • Quantitative analysis of geometrical parameters of microstructure of biomaterials, i.e., size of objects, orientation, shape.
  • Analysis of micromechanical properties of biomaterials at nano and micro scales, i.e., Young modulus, adhesiveness, etc.
  • Spatial analysis of biochemical composition of biomaterials at micro scale, i.e., pectin, cellulose, hemicelluloses, starch.


contact: Artur Zdunek