Supervisors from Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials


Grażyna Adamus is a professor at the Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials, Polish Academy of Sciences (CPCM PAS), with which her scientific career has been closely associated. Her main scientific interests are related to the synthesis of copolymers, blends and novel polymeric materials of controlled biodegradability, containing synthetic analogues of natural PHAs with made-to-order structure and properties. She also has extensive experience in applying mass spectrometry techniques to the structural study of synthetic polymers at the molecular level, documented by publications in indexed scientific journals. Her current research involves the synthesis of biocompatible and fully biodegradable polymeric biomaterials, which contain structural units derived from PHA biopolyesters with controlled molecular structure and established physical chemical properties suitable for envisaged applications in medicine, environmental protection and cosmetology. She is the author or co-author of over 100 scientific publications, with over 1700 total citations (Web of Knowledge) without self-citations, and an H-index of 29 (Web of Knowledge). She has also produced 10 book chapters, 7 patents, and more than 200 presentations at national and international conferences. Moreover, Prof. Adamus has taken part in many national and international research projects, managing several of them. She has supervised 4 PhD students (plus 2 in progress).


Research interests:

Biodegradable polyesters, environment-friendly polymer materials, bioactive oligomers, controlled drug delivery systems, mass spectrometry.


Major publications:


Khan H., Kaur S., Baldwin T.C., Radecka I., Jiang G.Z., Bretz I., Duale K., Adamus G., Kowalczuk M. (2020). “Effective Control against Broadleaf Weed Species Provided by Biodegradable PBAT/PLA Mulch Film Embedded with the Herbicide 2-Methyl-4-Chlorophenoxyacetic Acid (MCPA)”, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 8, 13, 5360.

Gupta A., Briffa S. M., Swingler S., Gibson H., Kannappan V., Adamus G., Kowalczuk M., Martin C., Radecka I. (2020). “Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles Using Curcumin-Cyclodextrins Loaded into Bacterial Cellulose-Based Hydrogels for Wound Dressing Applications”, Biomacromolecules, 21, 5, 1802.

Kwiecien I., Adamus G., Jiang G., Radecka I., Baldwin T. C., Khan H. R., Johnston B., Pennetta V., Hill D., Bretz I., Kowalczuk M. (2018). “Biodegradable PBAT/PLA Blend with Bioactive MCPA-PHBV Conjugate Suppresses Weed Growth”, Biomacromolecules, 19, 511.

Maksymiak M., Dębowska R., Bazela K., Dźwigalowska A., Orchel A., Jelonek K., Dołęgowska B., Kowalczuk M. M., Adamus G. (2015). “Designing of biodegradable and biocompatible release and delivery systems of selected antioxidants used in cosmetology”, Biomacromolecules, 6(11), 3603.

Adamus G. (2009). “Molecular Level Structure of (R,S)-3-hydroxybutyrate/ (R,S)-3-hydroxy-4-ethoxybutyrate Copolyesters with Dissimilar Architecture”, Macromolecules, 42, 4547.

Barbara Trzebicka is a professor at the Laboratory of Nano- and Microstructural Materials of the Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials, Polish Academy of Sciences (CPCM PAS). She obtained her academic title of professor in chemistry in 2016. Currently, she is also the director of the Centre.

She is the author or co-author of over 160 scientific publications, with over 2800 total citations (Web of Knowledge) without self-citations, and an H-index 30 (Web of Knowledge).

As a principal investigator and co-investigator, she has been involved in research carried out under 12 grants and managed the project of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education entitled “Polymer-peptide matrices – relation between the structure of the conjugate and matrix activity”. She has carried out research under 8 international grants (two under the EU’s FP6) and the projects “Thermo-controlled biocompatible polymers as skin replacement for the treatment of burns and wounds” (DERMOSTIM) and “Polymeric carriers for thermocontrolled preparation and detachment of skin and epithelial cell sheets” (Polycell). Prof. Trzebicka manages the project “Development of highly purified phospholipids for the production of liposomal targeted drug delivery systems, medical devices and diet supplements” (purePC).

Her science-organization activities include involvement in the Regional Fund of PHD Scholarships, organizing international conferences, and editing special issues of scientific journals. She has supervised 6 PhD theses. She is a member of the Polish Chemical Society, Polymer Chemistry Section.


Research interests:

Physio-chemical studies of stimuli sensitive polymers, amphiphilic polymers and their self-organization, polymers for biomedical applications, polymeric bioconjugates and carbon materials.


Major publications:

Dworak A., Lipowska D., Szweda D., Suwinski J., Trzebicka B., Szweda R. (2015). “Degradable polymeric nanoparticles by aggregation of thermoresponsive polymers and ‘click’ chemistry”, Nanoscale, 7, 16823.

Szweda R., Trzebicka B., Dworak A., Otulakowski Ł., Kosowski D., Hertlein J., Haladjova E., Rangelov S. , Szweda D. (2016). „Smart Polymeric Nanocarriers of Met-enkephalin”, Biomacromolecules, 17(8), 2691.

Trzebicka B., Szweda R., Kosowski D., Szweda D., Otulakowski Ł., Haladjova E., Dworak A. (2017).  “Thermoresponsive polymer-peptide/protein conjugates”, Progress in Polymer Science, 68, 35;

Pang, A. Bachmatiuk, Y. Yin, B. Trzebicka, L. Zhao, L. Fu, R. G. Mendes, T. Gemming, Z. Liu, M. H. Rummeli, (2018). “Applications of Phosphorene and Black Phosphorus in Energy Conversion and Storage Devices”, Advanced Energy Materials, 8(8), 1702093.

Toncheva-Moncheva N., Bakardzhiev P., Rangelov S., Trzebicka B., Foryś A., Petrov P. (2019). “Linear Amphiphilic Polyglycidol/Poly(ε-caprolactone) Block Copolymers Prepared via ‘Click’ Chemistry-Based Concept”, Macromolecules, 52(9), 3435.