The Polish Society for Crystal Growth (PSCG) was founded in 1991 (see History) with the aim of attracting Polish researchers and professionals from various industries, specializing in crystal growth and the related issues. The key objectives of the Society include:
- fostering cooperation between PSCG members in order to further the knowledge of crystallization;
- promoting the results of Polish crystal growth researchers in the society and inspiring interest in this scientific discipline;
- participation in the international crystal growth movement, including in particular close cooperation with the International Organization for Crystal Growth.
The activities of the Polish Society for Crystal Growth are based on its Articles of Association. The Articles provide for a three years’ tenure of the Board of Directors, elected at the General Meeting of all members. As a rule, the General Meeting of PSCG members is held simultaneously with the Polish Conference on Crystal Growth.
The Polish Society for Crystal Growth promotes outstanding dissertations on the growth and characterization of bulk crystals, thin films and low dimensional structures. Once every three years the Society awards its Science Award for the best doctoral dissertations addressing these issues. Bearing in mind the diverse research interests of PSCG members, 5 research sections have been formed within the Society:
- Bulk crystals
- Crystalline microstructures
- Characterization of materials
dealing with the following scientific areas:
- Theories of nucleation and growth, molecular kinetics and transportation processes, crystallization in viscous media such as polymers and glass.
- Growth of crystals including bulk crystals, thin films, minerals, semiconductors, superconductors, magnetic materials, inorganic and organic materials and biological substances.
- Instruments and techniques of crystal growth.
- Characterization of crystals by physical and chemical methods.
- Crystallization on industrial scale.
- Theory of epitaxy and deposition from different phases and application of these processes.
- Multilayer heterostructures and their characterization taking into account the crystal growth and epitaxy processes.
- Preparation, characterization and application of liquid crystals.
- Structure and properties of the crystal growth medium.