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Prof Bartek Glowacki Profile

Contact Details:

Bernal Chair in Energy

Department of Physics & Energy

University of Limerick

Phone: +353-61-202921

Mob. +353-86-3886570

Fax. +353-61-202423


Consultation Hours: Please email for an appointment


Career Details

Prof. B. A. Glowacki holds a Bernal Chair in Energy in the Department of Physics & Energy of the University of Limerick, Ireland. He graduated in physics and received a PhD in the Polish Academy of Science. He received the life title of Professor from the President of Poland and became an Expert in Energy at the Institute of Power Engineering in Poland. He has received a Professorship of Energy and Materials Science in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy of the University of Cambridge. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and a Chartered Engineer.

Prof. Glowacki’s academic and strategic leadership in energy technology is recognised internationally: he is a member of the World Energy Council, and the European Energy Research Alliance representative responsible for the basic science programme policy, which seeks to combine the potential of European research institutions. He has given plenary lectures and invited talks at numerous international conferences and in international research establishments and companies. He has co-organised thematic international conferences and workshops, principally on applied superconductivity and hydrogen-cryomagnetic technologies.

Prof. Glowacki has published 8 book chapters and 19 patents, and authored or co-authored 311 research publications, receiving 2478 citations and an h-index of 24.


Research Interests

Prof. Glowacki’s research field is the physics, chemistry and technology of metal, oxide, carbon and electro-ceramic thin films and nanostructures for energy applications. There is a particular emphasis on deposition using advanced inkjet printing technology, for which he has initiated a network of international partners, the Transnational Energy Materials Printing Research Initiative, He is particularly interested in electromagnetically assisted deposition and processing with regard to the structural, electrical and optical characteristics of films and interfaces. Recent and current work is principally on superconductors for MRI applications, wind generators, fault current limiters and transmission cables. His research on carbon use reduction and new advanced carbon technologies is focused on direct carbon solid oxide fuel cells, microwave plasma processing of CH4 and CO2, as well as supercapacitors and hydrogen technologies including liquefaction. He has a deep interest in applications of energy devices where fundamental quantum physics meets heavy industry.



University of Limerick PH4038: Energy Storage

University of Limerick PH4007: Solar Power

In teaching, Prof. Glowacki has lectured on superconductivity and magnetism, electromagnetic properties of nanomaterials and cryogenic technologies for many years. He has created a course on Hydrogen Technologies and Cryogenic Materials and Techniques to prepare students for the increasingly important liquid hydrogen technologies. Beyond university teaching, Prof. Glowacki also created an interdisciplinary 81 video series “Lectures on Superconductivity” with contributions from well established international experts to educate researchers and students. 142,000 viewings [1] have been logged online and 3000 DVDs distributed.




M Woźniak and B A Glowacki, Electromagnetically Assisted Densification of Copper-sheathed in situ MgB2/Cu Wires Journal of Novel Superconductivity and Magnetism, (August 2014) | DOI: 10.1007/s10948-014-2659-0


S C Hopkins, D Joseph, T B Mitchell-Williams, A Calleja, V R Vlad, M Vilardell, S Ricart, X Granados, T Puig, X Obradors, A Usoskin, M Falter, M Baecker and B A Glowacki, Inkjet printing of multifilamentary YBCO for low AC loss coated conductors
Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 507 022010 (May 2014)

11th European Conference on Applied Superconductivity (EUCAS 2013), Genoa, Italy, 15-19 September 2013


A. Baskys, A. Patel, S. Hopkins, D. Kenfaui, X. Chaud, M. Zhang, B. A. Glowacki, Composite superconducting bulks for efficient heat dissipation during pulse magnetization Journal of Physics: Conference Series507 (1) 012003 (2014) | DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/507/1/012003 11th European Conference on Applied Superconductivity (EUCAS 2013), Genoa, Italy, 15-19 September 2013


M Woźniak and B A Glowacki, Electromagnetic densification of MgB2/Cu wires
Superconductor Science and Technology27 (3) 035008 (March 2014) | DOI: 10.1088/0953-2048/27/3/035008




Tomov RI, Dudek M, Hopkins SC, Krauz M, Wang H, Wang C, Shi Y, Tomczyk P, Glowacki BA, Inkjet Printing of Direct Carbon Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Components
ECS Transactions, 57 (1) 1359-1369 (2013) | DOI: 10.1149/05701.1359ecst


X. Yu, Y. Shi, H. Wang, N. Cai, C. Li, R. I. Tomov, J. Hanna, B. A. Glowacki and A. F. Ghoniem, Experimental Characterization and Elementary Reaction Modeling of Solid Oxide Electrolyte Direct Carbon Fuel Cell Journal of Power Sources243 159-171 (1 December 2013) | DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2013.05.149


R. Clarke, W. Nuttall and B.A. Glowacki, Endangered helium: bursting the myth
The Chemical Engineer, (Dec 2013/Jan 2014) 32-36 (December 2013) | View paper online


M Woźniak, K L Juda, S C Hopkins, D Gajda and B A Glowacki, Optimization of the copper addition to the core of in situ Cu-sheathed MgB2 wires Superconductor Science and Technology26 (10) 105008 (22 August 2013) | DOI: 10.1088/0953-2048/26/10/105008


M. Dudek, R.I. Tomov, C. Wang, B.A. Glowacki, P. Tomczyk, R.P. Socha, M. Mosiałek, Feasibility of direct carbon solid oxide fuels cell (DC-SOFC) fabrication by inkjet printing technology Electrochimica Acta105 412-418 (30 August 2013) | DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2013.04.139


Katarzyna L. Juda, Aaron Clayton, Bartek A. Glowacki, The Influence of Microwave Plasma Power on the Degree of Natural Gas Conversion to Carbon Nanoforms
Article in book: Proceedings of the 2nd Global Congress on Microwave Energy Applications (eds. R. L. Schulz and D.C. Fox), pp. 307-319, 48hr Books, ISBN: 0978622219 (July 2013)

2nd Global Congress on Microwave Energy Applications (2GCMEA 2012), Long Beach, California, 23-27 July 2012


Jonas Feys, Bram Ghekiere, Petra Lommens, Simon C. Hopkins, Pieter Vermeir, Michael Baecker, Bartek A. Glowacki and Isabel Van Driessche, Thin YBa2Cu3O7-δ patterns by Chemical Solution Processing using Ink-Jet Printing
MRS Proceedings, 1547 3-12 (May 2013) | DOI: 10.1557/opl.2013.635

2013 MRS Spring Meeting, San Francisco, California, 1-5 April 2013: Symposium M – Solution Synthesis of Inorganic Functional Materials – Films, Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites


Van Driessche I, Hopkins S, Lommens P, Granados X, Andreouli D, Glowacki B, Arabatzis IM, Arin M, Ricart S, Fasaki I, Georgiopoulos E, Tomov R,Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Ink-Jet Printing of Ceramic Thin Films Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters, 5 (4) 466-474 (April 2013) | DOI: 10.1166/nnl.2013.1563 8th International Conference on Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies (NN11), Thessaloniki, Greece, 12-15 July 2011


Bartek A. Glowacki, William J. Nuttall, and Richard H. Clarke, Beyond the Helium Conundrum IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity23 (3) 0500113 (June 2013) | DOI: 10.1109/TASC.2013.2244633 Applied Superconductivity Conference 2012, Portland, Oregon, USA, 7-12 October 2012


Michael J. Cheadle, Mariusz Woźniak, Leslie Bromberg, Bartek A. Glowacki, Xiaohua Jiang, Rong Zeng, Joseph V. Minervini, and John G. Brisson, DC Superconducting Cable Using MgB2 Wires IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity23 (3) 6200805 (June 2013) | DOI: 10.1109/TASC.2013.2248313 Applied Superconductivity Conference 2012, Portland, Oregon, USA, 7-12 October 2012


Patel, A.; Hopkins, S. C.; Giunchi, G.; Figini Albisetti, A.; Shi, Y.; Palka, R.; Cardwell, D.; Glowacki, B. A., The Use of an MgB2 Hollow Cylinder and Pulse Magnetized (RE)BCO Bulk for Magnetic Levitation Applications IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity23 (3) 6800604 (June 2013) | DOI: 10.1109/tasc.2012.2236143  Applied Superconductivity Conference 2012, Portland, Oregon, USA, 7-12 October 2012


Mariusz Woźniak, Bartek A. Glowacki, Sylvester B. Setiadinata, and Adrian M. Thomas, Pulsed Magnetic Field Assisted Technique for Joining MgB2Conductors for Persistent Mode MRI Magnets IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity23 (3) 6200104 (June 2013) | DOI: 10.1109/TASC.2012.2229093 Applied Superconductivity Conference 2012, Portland, Oregon, USA, 7-12 October 2012


A. Patel, K. Filar, V. I. Nizhankovskii, S. C. Hopkins, and B. A. Glowacki, Trapped fields greater than 7 T in a 12mm square stack of commercial high-temperature superconducting tape Applied Physics Letters102 (10) 102601 (11 March 2013) | DOI: 10.1063/1.4795016


A. Patel, S. C. Hopkins, B. A. Glowacki, Trapped fields up to 2 T in a 12-mm square stack of commercial superconducting tape using pulsed field magnetization
Superconductor Science and Technology26 (3) 032001 (March 2013) | DOI: 10.1088/0953-2048/26/3/032001 Fast Track Communication. Featured on the cover page, with image. (more details)