I was born 08.08.1964 in Zielona Góra, Poland. I graduated from the Faculty of Basic Problems of Technology of the Wrocław Technical University in 1988. I began my doctoral study at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, USA in 1989 where I obtained my PhD degree in 1992. I continued research at Marquette University as an Associate Researcher during my post-doctoral work (1992 – 1995).
After return to Poland in 1995 I began to work at the Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research (ILTSR) in Wrocław and at the Chemistry Department of the Opole University. I received a D.Sc. degree in June, 1999. I was nominated for an Assistant Professor position at ILTSR in March, 2000. In the same year I was also offered a Professor position at the Wrocław University of Technology. I was a vice-director and a director of the Institute of Materials Science and Applied Mechanics of the Wrocław University of Technology. Also, I was a professor-consultant at the Electrotechnical Institute, Wrocław.
In 2005 I received a full professorship in (Materials Science) from the President of the Republic of Poland. In February 2007 I took the post of a Director of Programmes and Stakeholders Relations Directorate in the Joint Research Centre, European Commission, in Brussels. In November 2009 I took the post of Director of the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements of the Joint Research Centre, in Geel, Belgium.