Supervisors from Institute of Physical Chemistry


Agnieszka Kamińska is a professor at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS), where she heads the “Plasmonic nanostructures for bio-spectroscopic analysis” group. She earned her PhD from the Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Poland. From 2005 to 2007  she worked as a senior lecturer  at the University of Warsaw and then spent a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship at the School of Chemical Science, Dublin City University, Ireland. During the last ten years, her research interests have focused on Raman vibrational and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), as well as surface plasmon resonance for the detection and identification of biomolecules (e.g. peptide, protein, DNA, viruses, antigens, antibodies, bacteria and fungi) for analytical and biomedical applications.


Research interests:

SERS spectroscopy for biomedical and analytical applications.


Major publications:

Kamińska A., Szymborski T., Witkowska E., Kijeńska-Gawrońska E., Świeszkowski W., Niciński K., Trzcińska-Danielewicz J., Girstun A. (2019).  “Detection of Circulating Tumor Cells Using Membrane-Based SERS Platform: A New Diagnostic Approach for ‘Liquid Biopsy”, Nanomaterials 9(3), 366.

Kamińska A., Sprynskyy M., Winkler K., Szymborski T. (2017). “Ultrasensitive SERS immunoassay based on diatom biosilica for detection of interleukins in blood plasma”, Anal Bioanal Chem,  409(27):1-11.

Kamińska A., Winkler K., Kowalska A., Witkowska E., Szymborski T., Janeczek A.,  Waluk J. (2017). “SERS-based Immunoassay in a Microfluidic System for the Multiplexed Recognition of Interleukins from Blood Plasma: Towards Picogram Detection”, Scientific Reports, 7(1):10656.

Kamińska A., Witkowska E., Kowalska A., Skoczyńska A., Gawryszewska I., Guziewicz E., Snigurenko D., Waluk J. (2016). “Highly efficient SERS-based detection of cerebrospinal fluid neopterin as a diagnostic marker of bacterial infection”, Anal Bioanal Chem., 408, 4319–4327.

Kamińska A., Kowalska A., Witkowska E., Skoczyńska A., Ronkiewicz P., Szymborski T., Waluk J., (2016). “Rapid detection and identification of bacterial meningitis pathogens in ex vivo clinical samples by SERS method and principal component analysis”, Anal. Methods, 8, 4521-4529.


ORCID: 0000-0002-5508-0533

Adam Kubas received his PhD in 2012 from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, under the supervision of PD Dr Karin Fink. In 2012–2014 he was a post-doctoral researcher with Prof. Jochen Blumberger at University College London, UK. Afterwards, he received a Max-Planck-Institute Fellowship for 2014-2016 to carry out research at the MPI for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim/Ruhr, Germany. He appointed an assistant professor at the Insitute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS) in 2016. After earning his DSc (habilitation) in 2019, he was promoted to associate professor at IPC PAS. In 2020, he became the leader of the “Cooperative Catalysis” group. He also serves as Institute's deputy scientific director.


Research interests:

Structure–activity relationships of transition metal complexes, mechanistic studies in catalysis, iron-sulfur clusters, visual cycle, theoretical spectroscopy, assessment and development of economic QM approaches.


Major publications:

Kubas A. (2020). “Characterization of charge transfer excited states in [2Fe–2S] iron–sulfur clusters using conventional configuration interaction techniques”, Theor. Chem. Acc. 139, 1.

Kahremany S. et al. (2019). “Z-isomerization of retinoids through combination of monochromatic photoisomerization and metal catalysis”, Org. Biomol. Chem. 17, 8125.

Kubas A. et al. (2017). “Mechanism of O2 diffusion and reduction in FeFe hydrogenases”, Nat. Chem , 9, 88.

Kubas A. et al. (2018).  “Restricted Open-Shell Configuration Interaction Singles Study on M-and L-edge X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy of Solid Chemical Systems”, J. Chem. Theor. Comput  14, 4320.

Kubas A. et al. (2014). “Electronic couplings for molecular charge transfer: Benchmarking CDFT, FODFT, and FODFTB against high-level ab initio calculations”, J. Chem. Phys. 140, 104105.


Anna Ochab-Marcinek uses the tools of statistical physics and the theory of stochastic processes to study how the randomness inherent to biochemical reactions affects gene expression and evolution of gene regulation. At the intersection of chemistry, physics, applied mathematics and biology, her research implements a bottom-up strategy, characteristic of physics (her primary academic background): proceeding from simpler systems up to more complex ones. She earned her PhD in physics from the M. Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland (2006), where she was next a research assistant. She then was a post-doc fellow at Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Physik I, Institut für Physik, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlich-Technische Fakultät, Universität Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany, and next at the Department of Soft Condensed Matter, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. Since 2013 she has been the Principal Investigator of the Biophysical Chemistry Group, Department of Soft Condensed Matter, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS), Warsaw, Poland. She earned her DSc (habilitation) in chemistry in 2018 from IPC PAS.


Research interests:

Modeling of biological evolution, stochastic modeling of gene expression, diffusion in a crowded environment.


Major publications:

Ochab-Marcinek A., Tabaka M. (2010). Bimodal gene expression in noncooperative regulatory

systems”, PNAS 107(51) 22096-22101.

Ochab-Marcinek A., Kwiatkowski M., Jędrak J. (2019). “Exactly solvable model of gene expression in proliferating bacterial cell population with stochastic protein bursts and protein partitioning”, Phys. Rev. E, 99 042416.


Bartłomiej Wacław leads the Dioscuri Centre for Physics and Chemistry of Bacteria. He earned his PhD in theoretical physics from Jagellonian University in Krakow in 2007. He spent 2 years as a postdoctoral researhcer at Leipzig University and then moved to the University of Edinburgh, where he held personal research fellowships, becoming a Lecturer in 2014 and Reader ( Associate Professor) in 2018. In 2020 he moved to Warsaw to establish the Dioscuri Centre. His research focuses on biological physics and chemistry (experimental and theoretical) of bacterial and cancer cells. He has worked on how bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics, how growth and migration affect genetic heterogeneity of tumours, the growth of bacterial colonies, and the physics of bacterial infections. In the past, he has worked on statistical physics problems: random matrix theory, complex networks, and driven diffusive systems.


Research interests:

Bacterial infections, optical imaging, drug resistance, evolutionary biology of cancer.


Major publications:

(2019). PNAS 116, 14995-15000.

(2017). Science 355, 1266.

(2015). Nature 525, 261.

(2013). Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 168101.

(2012). Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 88101.

Daniel Prochowicz earned his PhD degree in chemistry from the Warsaw University of Technology in 2013. He spent a 2-years postdoctoral fellowship as a Marie Curie Fellow, under the direction of Prof. Michael Graetzel at the Ecole Polytechnique de Federale de Lausanne, where he focused on the fabrication and characterization of perovskite solar cells. Since 2018 he has been an assistant professor at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS). His current research interests center on the development of efficient procedures for the preparation of stable and efficient perovskite-based optoelectronic devices. He has coauthored over 70 publications.


Research interests:

Photovoltaic, perovskite solar cells, halide perovskites, efficiency.


Major publications:

Prochowicz D., Runjhun R., Tavakoli M. M., Yadav P., Saski M., Analazi A. Q., Kubicki D. J., Kaszkur Z., Zakeeruddin S. M., Lewiński J., Grätzel M. (2019). “Engineering of Perovskite Materials Based on Formamidinium and Cesium Hybridization for High-Efficiency Solar Cells” Chem. Mater31, 1620.

Prochowicz D., Yadav P., Saliba M., Kubicki D. J., Tavakoli M. M., Zakeeruddin S. M., Lewiński J., Emsley L., Grätzel M. (2018). “One-step mechanochemical incorporation of an insoluble cesium additive for high performance planar heterojunction solar cells” Nano Energy  49, 523.

Prochowicz D., Tavakoli M. M., Solanki A., Goh T. W., Pandey K., Chien Sum T., Saliba M., Yadav P., (2018). “Understanding the effect of chlorobenzene and isopropanol anti-solvent treatments on the recombination and interfacial charge accumulation in efficient planar perovskite solar cells” J. Mater. Chem. A  6, 14307.

Prochowicz D., Yadav P., Saliba M., Saski M., Zakeeruddin S. M., Lewinski J., Grätzel M. (2017). “Reduction in the Interfacial Trap Density of Mechanochemically Synthesized MAPbI3ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces  9, 28418.

Kubicki D. J., Prochowicz D., Hofstetter A., Zakeeruddin S. M., Grätzel M., Emsley L. (2017). “Phase Segregation in Cs-, Rb- and K-Doped Mixed-Cation (MA)x(FA)1-xPbI3 Hybrid Perovskites from Solid-State NMR” J. Am. Chem. Soc139, 14173.


Gonzalo Angulo is associate professor at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS), where he has worked since 2016. He leads the research group “Dynamics of photoinduced bimolecular reactions”. He earned his PhD from the Graz University of Technology in 2003, then was a postdoctoral fellow at the Universities of Geneva and Castilla-La Mancha. He gas earned his DSc (habilitation) while working at IPC PAS.


Research interests:

Physical grounds of chemical reactivity, diffusion in complex environments.


Major publications:

Angulo G., Rosspeintner A. (2020). “Bimolecular photo-induced electron transfer enlightened by diffusion”, J. Chem. Phys.


Juan Carlos Colmenares graduated from the Warsaw University of Technology (Chem. Eng. 1995) and obtained his MSc (1997) in catalysis for organic technology and Ph.D. (2004) in chemical and material sciences from the same university, followed by his DSc (habilitation, 2015) from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS). After obtaining his PhD, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Marinas’ group at the University of Córdoba, Spain (2005–2006) and in Nobel laureate Prof. G. A. Olah’s group as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (2006–2009). He is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow. He serves as an expert evaluator for many important scientific journals/institutions and chemical companies (Colombia, USA, Poland, Spain), and as a member of the editorial advisory board for the journals Scientific Reports and Molecules (Photochemistry Section). Presently, he is an associate professor at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Poland.


Research interests:

Materials science, heterogeneous catalysis to biomass/CO2 valorization, solar chemicals, sonication, photocatalysis, water/air purification.


Major publications:

Giannakoudakis D.A., Łomot D., Colmenares J. C. (2020). “When sonochemistry meets heterogeneous photocatalysis: designing a Sonophotoreactor towards sustainable selective oxidation”, Green Chemistry DOI:10.1039/D0GC00329H.

Giannakoudakis D.A., Farahmand N.,  Łomot D. , Sobczak K., Bandosz T.J., Colmenares J. C. (2020). “Ultrasound-activated TiO2/GO-based bifunctional photoreactive adsorbents for detoxification of chemical warfare agent surrogate vapors”, Chemical Engineering Journal. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2020.125099.

Nair V., Colmenares J. C., Lisovytskiy D. (2019). “Ultrasound assisted ZnO Coating in Microflow based Photoreactor for Selective Oxidation of Benzyl Alcohol to Benzaldehyde”, Green Chemistry, 21,1241–1246.

Nair V., Muñoz-Batista M.J., Fernández-García M., Luque R., Colmenares J. C. (2019). “Thermo-Photo-Catalysis: Environmental and Energy Applications”, ChemSusChem. DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201900175.

Colmenares J. C., Nair V., Kuna E., Łomot D. (2018). “Development of Photocatalyst Coated Fluoropolymer based Microreactor using Ultrasound for Water Remediation”, Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, 41,  297-302.


Jerzy Górecki is a professor and has led the Department of Complex Systems and Chemical Processing of Information at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS) since 2008. His main fields of interest cover nonequilibrium phenomena observed in chemical systems and their potential applications for information processing. His research is mainly based on theory and numerical simulations, but he also performs experiments on systems showing complex time evolution, such as the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction or self-propelled objects on liquid surfaces. At the early stage of his career he spent a postdoctoral fellowship at the Victoria University in Manchester, UK followed by a research position at McGill University in Montreal and associate professorship at the Institute of Molecular Science in Okazaki-city, Japan. He has participated in many Polish and international projects and established wide research contacts in the EU, UK and Japan.


Research interests:

Unconventional computing, chemical synergetics, Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction, artificial intelligence, self-motion on liquid surfaces.


Major publications:

Koyano Y., Kitahata H., Nakata S., Górecki J. (2020). ”On a simple model that explains inversion of a self-propelled rotor under periodic stop-and-release-operations”, Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science 30 (2), 023105.

Gizynski K., Górecki J. (2017). “Chemical memory with states coded in light controlled oscillations of interacting Belousov-Zhabotinsky droplets”, PCCP. 19, 6519-6531. DOI: 10.1039/c6cp07492h.

Górecki J., Yoshikawa K., Igarashi Y. (2003). “On chemical reactors that can count”, J. Phys.Chem., A 107, 1664-1669.

Górecki J., Eu B.C. (1992). ”Direct observation of a nonequilibrum velocity distribution in a system with a thermally activated reaction”, J. Chem. Phys., 97, 6695.

Górecki J., Byers Brown W. (1989). “Variational Boundary Perturbation Theory for Enclosed Quantum Systems”, J. Phys., B22, 2659.

Jan Guzowski has led, since 2019, the Soft Granular Matter and Tissue Engineering Group at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS). He received his MSc in physics from the University of Warsaw in 2006 and PhD in physics from Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart, Germany in 2010. Afterwards, he spent 4 years as a postdoc at IPC PAS in Warsaw where he shifted to experimental droplet microfluidics. Subsequently he spent 2.5 years as a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University working on the dynamics of soft granular matter and aerosols. He has co-authored 20 papers and 3 patent applications. He has been a PI on several funded projects and acquired 1.5 million EUR for funding research in his group within the last 3 years.


Research interests:

Microfluidics, capillary phenomena, soft matter self-assembly, tissue engineering, organoids, 3D printing.


Major publications:

Costantini M., Jaroszewicz J., Kozoń Ł., Szlązak K., Święszkowski W., Garstecki P., Stubenrauch C., Barbetta A., Guzowski J. (2019). “3D-printing of functionally graded porous materials using on-demand reconfigurable microfluidics”, Angewandte Chemie, 131, 1.

Mezhericher M., Nunes J.K., Guzowski J., Stone H.A. (2018). “Aerosol-assisted synthesis of submicron particles at room temperature using ultra-fine liquid atomization”, Chemical Engineering Journal, 346, 606.

Costantini M., Guzowski J., et al. (2018). “Electric field assisted microfluidic platform for generation of tailorable porous microbeads as cell carriers for tissue engineering”, Advanced Functional Materials, 1800874.

Guzowski J., Korczyk P.M., Jakiela S., Garstecki P. (2012). “Structure and stability of multiple microdroplets”, Soft Matter, 8, 7269.

Guzowski J., Garstecki P. (2015). “Droplet clusters: exploring the phase space of soft mesoscale atoms”, Physical Review Letters, 114, 188302.


Joanna Niedziółka-Jönsson leads (since 2012) the Surface Nanoengineering research group at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS). She received her PhD in chemistry from IPC  PAS (2006), and next worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Interdisciplinary Research Institute in Lille, France. Her scientific interests are focused on analytical chemistry, and in particular surface modification of electrodes to create new chemical and biochemical sensors. This entails a need to search for new materials and/or modify their surface properties and apply appropriate detection methods. The synthesis and modification of metallic nanoparticles is of particular importance because these can be used as optical signal transducers due to their localized surface plasmon resonance, linking chemical processes with detection techniques such as fluorescence microscopy, UV-spectrophotometry or surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Lately, much of her work has been directed at studying of the plasmonic properties of nanomaterials to expand this toolbox.


Research interests:

Plasmonics, molecular interactions, sensors, electrochemistry, fluorescence microscopy.


Major publications:

(2020). Biosensors & Bioelectronics 154, 112050.

(2019). Materials, 12, 721/1-12.

(2018). Sensors & Actuators: B., 273, 689.

(2017). Sensors & Actuators B, 250, 32.

(2014). Analyst 139, 3563.


Jan Paczesny is a group leader (“Living materials”) at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS). He graduated maxima cum laude in chemistry from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, in 2009 and received his PhD in physical chemistry from the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS, Poland, in 2012 (with honors, advisor Prof. Robert Hołyst). Next he was appointed as an assistant professor in the same institution. In 2016 he joined the group of Prof. Bartosz A. Grzybowski at the Institute for Basic Science in Ulsan, South Korea, where he worked as a post-doc fellow since 2018. He was also a visiting scholar at the University of California Berkeley (2013) and Lund University (2008). He has co-authored more than 30 research papers (in such journals as Angewandte Chemie, Physical Review Letters, Chemistry of Materials, Biosensors and Bioelectronics) and 10 patents (including some international). For his research, he has secured funding from Poland’s National Science Centre, Ministry for Science and Higher Education, and the Foundation for Polish Science. He has also received many awards and scholarships, including the Matsumae International Foundation Scholarship, the Polityka magazine award, the Scholarship for Outstanding Young Scientists, Start scholarship, and 3rd degree Świętosławski award.


Research interests:

Living materials, out-of-equilibrium systems, bacteriophages, thin films.


Major publications:

Park J. H., Paczesny J., Kim N-H., Grzybowski, B. A. (2020). Angewandte Chemie.

Matuła K., Richter Ł., Janczuk-Richter M., Nogala W., Grzeszkowiak M., Peplińska B., Jurga S., Wyroba E., Suski S., Bilski H., Silesian A., Bluyssen H. A. R., Derebecka N., Wesoły J., Łoś J. M., Łoś M., Decewicz P., Dziewit Ł., Paczesny J., Hołyst R. (2019). Scientific Reports.

Richter Ł., Bielec K., Leśniewski A., Łoś M., Paczesny  J., Hołyst R. (2017). ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces.

Paczesny J., Wolska-Pietkiewicz, M., Binkiewicz I., Wróbel, Z., Wadowska, M., Matuła, K., Dzięcielewski I., Pociecha D., Smalc-Koziorowska J., Lewiński J., Hołyst R. (2015). Chemistry - A European Journal.

Paczesny J., Wolska-Pietkiewicz, M.; Binkiewicz, I.; Wróbel, Z.; Wadowska, M.; Matuła, K.; Dzięcielewski, I.;Pociecha, D.; Smalc-Koziorowska, J.; Lewiński, J.; Hołyst, R. (2015). “Towards organized hybrid nanomaterials at the air/water interface based on liquid crystal-ZnO nanocrystals”, Chemistry - A European Journal, 21(47), 16941–16947.

Richter, Ł.; Bielec, K.; Leśniewski, A.; Łoś, M.; Paczesny J.; Hołyst, R. (2017). “Dense layer of bacteriophages ordered in alternating electric field and immobilized by surface chemical modification as sensing element for bacteria detection”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 9 (23), 19622–19629.

Matuła, K.; Richter, Ł.; Janczuk-Richter, M.; Nogala, W.; Grzeszkowiak, M.; Peplińska, B.; Jurga, S.; Wyroba, E.; Suski, S.; Bilski, H.; Silesian, A.; Bluyssen, H. A. R.; Derebecka, N.; Wesoły, J.; Łoś, J. M.; Łoś, M.; Decewicz, P.; Dziewit, Ł.; Paczesny, J.; Hołyst, R. (2019). “Phenotypic plasticity of Escherichia coli upon exposure to physical stress induced by ZnO nanorods”, Scientific Reports, , 9, Article number: 8575.

Park, J. H.; Paczesny, J.; Kim, N-H.; Grzybowski, B. A. (2020). “Shaping microcrystals of metal‐organic frameworks by reaction‐diffusion”, Angewandte Chemie,  accepted articles


Jacek Waluk heads the Photochemistry and Spectroscopy Department at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS). He earned his PhD from the University of Warsaw. He has stayed as a visiting researcher at the University of Utah, University of Texas at Austin, University of Colorado-Boulder, Royal Danish School of Educational Studies in Copenhagen, University of Roskilde, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory. A member of the Polish Academy of Sciences.


Research interests:

Physical organic chemistry, photophysics, spectroscopy.


Major publications:

Waluk J. (2017). “Spectroscopy and Tautomerization Studies of Porphycenes”, Chem. Rev., 117, 2447. Waluk J. (2003). “Hydrogen-Bonding-Induced Phenomena in Bifunctional Heteroazaaromatics”, Acc. Chem. Res. 36, 832.


Janusz Lewiński earned his PhD from the Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) in 1990 and since 2007 he has been full professor at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS) the Faculty of Chemistry at WUT. A distinctive feature of his scientific activity involves transferring curiosity-driven molecular-level fundamental research to practical applications, including developments of (1) heavy-metal free quantum dots for solar-driven chemistry and biomedicine, (2) metal halide perovskites for next-generation photovoltaic solar cells, (3) porous metal-organic frameworks and (4) small molecule activation. He has co-authored over 150 papers and 15 patents (total citations >3200, h-index = 34). His work has won with several awards, including the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Award of PAS (2008). He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences (2013) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2015). He has an outstanding record as a manager of scientific projects – as the work package leader of two EU projects: REGPOT (Noblesse), Energy research under Future and Emerging Technologies (GOTSolar), and as PI on over 20 projects financed by Polish research funding agencies. In 2016, he co-founded Nanoxo Inc., a company devoted to the development of semiconductor materials with promising applications in photovoltaic and solar-driven chemistry.


Research interests:

Heavy-metal free quantum dots, metal halide perovskites, metal-organic frameworks, small molecules activation, solar-driven chemistry.


Major publications:

Prochowicz D., Saski M., Yadav P., Grätzel M., Lewiński J. (2019). “Mechanoperovskites for Photovoltaic Applications: Preparation, Characterization, and Device Fabrication”, Acc. Chem. Res. 52, 3233.

Lee D., Wolska‐Pietkiewicz M., Badoni S., Grala A., Lewiński J., De Paëpe G. (2019). “Disclosing Interfaces of ZnO Nanocrystals Using Dynamic Nuclear Polarization: Sol‐Gel versus Organometallic Approach”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 58, 17163.

Pietrzak T., Justyniak I., Kubisiak M., Bojarski E., Lewiński J. (2019). “An in-depth look at non-redox-metal alkylperoxides’ reactivity”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 58, 8526.

Kubicki D., Prochowicz D., Hofstetter A., Saski M., Yadav P., Bi D., Pellet N., Lewiński J., Zakeeruddin S.M., Grätzel M., Emsley L. (2018). “Formation of stable mixed guanidinium-methylammonium phases with exceptionally long carrier lifetimes for high efficiency lead iodide-based perovskite photovoltaics”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 140, 3345.

Prochowicz D., Nawrocki J., Terlecki M., Marynowski W., Lewiński J. (2018).
“Facile mechanosynthesis of the archetypal Zn-based metal-organic frameworks”,
Inorg. Chem., 2018, 57, 13437.


Marcin Fiałkowski is a professor at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS), where he leads his own research group. He earned his PhD in physics from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków in 1997. Subsequently, he spent a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Theoretical Physics at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany (9 months), at IPC PAS in Warsaw, Poland (2 years), and at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, USA (3 years). He earned his DSc (habilitation) degree in chemistry in 2007 at IPC PAS.


Research interests:

Physical chemistry, nanomaterials, colloidal systems, thin films, statistical physics.


Major publications:

Andryszewski T., Iwan M., Holdynski M., Fialkowski M. (2016). “Synthesis of a Free-Standing Monolayer of Covalently Bonded Gold Nanoparticles”, Chemistry of Materials.

Wybranska K., Paczesny J., Serejko K., Sura K., Wlodyga K., Dziecielewski I., Jones S.T., Sliwa A., Wybranska I., Holyst R., Scherman O.A., Fialkowski M. (2015). “Gold-oxoborate nanocomposites and their biomedical applications”, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

Sashuk V., Winkler K., Zywocinski A., Wojciechowski T., Gorecka E., Fialkowski M. (2013). “Nanoparticles in a capillary trap: Dynamic self-assembly at fluid interfaces”, ACS Nano.

Kalsin A.M., Fialkowski M., Paszewski M., Smoukov S.K., Bishop K.J.M., Grzybowski B.A. (2006).  “Electrostatic self-assembly of binary nanoparticle crystals with a diamond-like lattice”, Science.

Fialkowski M., Bishop K.J.M., Chubukov V.A., Campbell C.J., Grzybowski B.A. (2005).Architecture and evolution of organic chemistry”, Angewandte Chemie – Int. Ed.


Martin Jönsson-Niedziolka is an associate professor at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS), where he leads a research group in electrochemistry. He earned his PhD in physics at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His research has two main branches: studies of ion transfer between immiscible liquids and studies of bioelectrochemical processes, mainly enzymatic oxygen reduction. Both these fields are studied under static and hydro­dynamic conditions.

Ion-transfer studies have gradually become a more substantial part of the group's interests as new paper-based systems for performing such measurements have been developed. In the sensing area, the team works with an eye towards applications in biology. One important aspect is to be able to measure background concentrations of various neurotransmitters in real biological systems. Another is to monitor and characterise cell-cultures during their growth.


Research interests:

Electrochemistry, microfluidics, ITIES, bioelectrochemistry.


Major publications:

Kundys-Siedlecka M., Bączyńska E., Jönsson-Niedziółka M. (2019). “Electrochemical Detection of Dopamine and Serotonin in the Presence of Interferences in a Rotating Droplet System”, Anal. Chem. 91, 10908-10913.

Podrażka M., Witkowska Nery E., Paczowska A., Arrigan D., Jönsson-Niedziółka M. (2018). “Paper-based system for ion transfer across the liquid-liquid interface”, Anal. Chem. 90,  8727-8731.

Podrażka M., Maciejewska J., Adamiak W., Witkowska Nery E., Jönsson-Niedziółka M. (2019). “Facilitated cation transfer at a three-phase junction and its applicability for ionophore evaluation”, Electrochim. Acta 307, 326-333.

Marcin Opallo has been a professor at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS) since 2005. He graduated from the University of Warsaw and in 1986 earned his PhD from IPC PAS. Afterwards he spent a 3.5-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan and at the University of California at Davis. He is currently the director of the Institute of Physical Chemistry. He has supervised 12 PhD students and published 178 papers, receiving >3000 citations. Among other subjects he has focused on solvent effects on heterogeneous transfer reactions, low temperature electrochemistry in clathrate hydrates, liquid modified electrodes, bioelectrocatalysis for biofuel cells and electrocatalysis on nanoparticles modified electrodes


Research interests:

Electrochemical behaviour of nanobjects in suspensions and emulsions; electrochemical processes at liquid-liquid interface; solar driven chemistry.


Major publications:

Opallo M. (2020). “The medium effect on electrodissolution of adsorbed or suspended Ag nanoparticles”, Electrochim. Acta 350(2020)136406.

Opallo M. (2018). “Electrochemical detection of graphene oxide”,  Electrochem. Commun. 96(2018)77;

Opallo M. (2018). “Collisions of suspended Prussian Blue nanoparticles with a rota-ting disc electrode”, Electrochem. Commun. 86(2018)130.

Opallo M. (2018). “SECM study of hydrogen photogeneration in a 1,2-dichloroethane vertical bar water biphasic system with decamethylruthenocene electron donor regeneration”, J. Electroanal. Chem. 819(2018)101.

Opallo M. (2015). “Catalysis at the room temperature ionic liquid|water interface: H2O2 generation”, Chem. Comm. 51(2015)6851.

Opallo M. (2014). “Electrochemical response of catalytic nanoparticles in Flow Injection Analysis system”, Electrochem. Commun. 43(2014)40.

Opallo M. (2014). “Scanning electrochemical microscopy determination of hydrogen flux at liquid vertical bar liquid interface with potentiometric probe”, Electrochem. Commun. 43(2014)22.

Opallo M. (2013). “The effect of electrocatalytic nanoparticle injection on the electrochemical response at a rotating disc electrode”, Electrochem. Commun. 37(2013) 100.


Maciej Wojtkowski (b.1975) is a professor and head of the Department of Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS). He is also the head of the newly established International Centre for Translational Eye Research and a leader of the Physical Optics and Biophotonics Group. His scientific interests focus on the interaction of light with complex systems such as tissues and cells in living organisms. In his work he develops Optical Coherence Imaging Techniques for biomedical imaging. He has had a significant impact on the development of the Fourier domain OCT (FdOCT) technique. He designed and constructed the first FdOCT instrument for in vivo retinal imaging at Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland in 2001.


Research interests:

Physical optics, biomedical optical imaging, interferometry, holography, optical engineering, eye imaging and vision sciences.


Major publications:

Wojtkowski M., et al. (2020). "In vivo human retinal imaging by Fourier domain optical coherence tomography," J Biomed Opt, 7 (3), 457-463.

Wojtkowski M., et al. (2005). "Three-dimensional retinal imaging with high-speed ultrahigh-resolution optical coherence tomography," Ophthalmology, 112 (10), 1734-1746.

Palczewska G., et al. (2014). “Human infrared vision is triggered by two-photon chromophore isomerization”, Proc. National Acad. Sciences, vol 111 (50), E5445-54.

Stremplewski P., et al. (2019). "In vivo volumetric imaging by crosstalk-free full-field OCT," Optica 6, 608-617.

Wojtkowski M. (2009). Obrazowanie za pomocą tomografii optycznej OCT z detekcją fourierowską, Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu.


Piyush Sindhu Sharma has, since 2018, led the functional polymers group at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS). Sharma earned his PhD from Banaras Hindu University, India, then spent 1 year as a postdoc at the Department of Biotechnology, University of Verona, Italy. Prior to becoming a group leader, for 7 years he was an adjunct at the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS. He was awarded a 3-year fellowship by the Polish Ministry of Higher Education (young talented scientist). He served as a Guest Editor for a special issue of the journal Sensors (“Bio- and Chemical Sensors for Biomedical Applications”); and Guest Co-editor of a Bioelectrochemistry special issue.


Research interests:

Supramolecular chemistry, conducting polymers, chemical sensor, electrocatalysis, molecularly imprinted polymers.


Major publications:  

Kalecki J., Cieplak M., Dąbrowski M., Lisowski W., Kuhn A., Sharma P. S. (2020). ACS Sens. 5, 118–126.

Zembrzuska D., Kalecki J., Cieplak M., Lisowski W., Borowicz P., Noworyta K., Sharma P. S. (2019).  Sens. Actuators B 298, 126884.

Dabrowski M., Ziminska A., Kalecki J., Cieplak M., Lisowski W., Maksym R., Shao S., D'Souza F., Kuhn A., Sharma P. S. (2019). ACS Appl. Mater. Interface, 11, 9265-9276.

Iskierko Z., Sharma P. S., Noworyta K. (2018). Biosens. Bioelectron. 109, 50-62.

Sharma P. S., Iskierko Z., Noworyta K., Cieplak M., Borowicz P., Lisowski W., D'Souza F., Kutner W. (2018). Biosens. Bioelectron. 100, 251-258.


Robert Hołyst, a full professor since 1998, leads the Department of Soft Condensed Matter at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS). He earned his PhD in 1989. His academic experience includes: 2.5 years at the University of Washington, 2.5 years at Ecole Normale Superiuere France, 0.5 year at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Science Mainz, Germany. Seminars at Harvard, MIT, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Yale, Princeton, Ecole Normale Superieure (Lyon, Paris), Max Planck Institutes (>5), also in Japan, England, the Netherlands, China, Russia, and other countries. He served as a director (2011-2015) of the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS. The author or co-author of three monographs on thermodynamics (one published with Springer Verlag, 2012), 270 publications (in journals such as Phys.Rev.Lett., JACS, Angewandte) as well as 30 patents, which have gathered >5000 citations, h=38. He specializes in statistical thermodynamics, biophysics, polymer chemistry, and the physical chemistry of soft matter. His research interests evolved from purely theoretical physics, via experimental chemistry to biological experiments. He is currently involved in research describing the motion of probes in cells, aging of cells, death at the nanoscale, and systems far from equilibrium, through theory, computer simulations, and experiments. He explained the phenomenon of length-scale dependent viscosity in complex liquids and living cells and generalized (with K. Makuch) the Stokes-Einstein equation for diffusion in complex liquids.


Research interests;

Statistical physics, biophysics, biochemistry in cells.


Major publications:

Holyst R. (2020).Diffusion and flow in complex liquids”, Soft Matter 16, ‏ 114-124.

(2019). “Propagation of Oscillating Chemical Signals through Reaction Networks”, Angewandte Chemie Int Ed. 58, ‏ 4520-45.

Holyst R. (2017). “Nanoscopic Approach to Quantification of Equilibrium and Rate Constants of Complex Formation at Single-Molecule Level”, J.Phys.Chem.Lett 8, ‏ . 5785-5791

Holyst R. (2019). “Flux and storage of energy in nonequilibrium stationary states”, Phys.Rev. E 99, Article Number: 042118.

Holyst R. (2011). “Comparative Analysis of Viscosity of Complex Liquids and Cytoplasm of Mammalian Cells at the Nanoscale”, NanoLetters 11, ‏ 2157-2163.



Tomasz Ratajczyk is a PI at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS). He earned his MSc at the University of Warsaw (under Prof. J. Sadlej ), his PhD at the PAS Institute of Organic Chemistry (under Prof. S. Szymanski), and was a postdoc at TU Darmstadt (Prof. G. Buntkowsky). He received the Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers and Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development.


Research interests:

Nuclear magnetic resonance, hyperpolarization, molecular interaction, organic synthesis, material sciences.


Major publications:

(2020). Chemphyschem, 21, 540-545.

(2015). Chem. Eur. J., 21, 12616-12619.

(2013). Chemcomm., 49, 7839-7841.

(2009). Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 11, 2335-2338.

(2005). Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 44, 1230–1232.


Volodymyr Sashuk has been a group leader in the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS) since 2016. He earned his PhD from the PAS Institute of Organic Chemistry. Afterwards he spent a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Technical University of Darmstadt. Prior to becoming a PI, for 6 years he worked an assistant professor at IPC PAS, where completed his DSc (habilitation) degree in 2017.


Research interests:

Self-assembly at the nanoscale, dynamic and responsive systems, supramolecular chemistry, catalysis.


Major publications:

(2019). Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 11340.

(2018). ACS Catal., 2810.

(2017). Chem. Commun., 13320.

(2013). ACS Nano, 8833.

(2012). ACS Nano, 1085.


Wojciech Nogala earned his received MSc in chemical technology in 2005, from the Faculty of Fuels and Energy at the AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland (with a thesis dealing with the determination of kinetic parameters of processes occurring in a solid oxide fuel cell. In 2010 he defended his PhD thesis entitled “Dioxygen electroreduction on enzyme modified carbon ceramic electrodes” in the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PASS). Next he spent a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the City University of New York, where he worked on the characterization and applications of nanoelectrodes. After that he moved back to IPC PAS to work as a research associate and lecturer; since 2018 he has led the Nanoelectrochemistry group. The group studies fundamental aspects of charge transfer processes using high-resolution electroanalytical methods, nanoelectrodes, and nanopipettes as probes. In particular, the group is interested in electrochemical methods of nanostructured catalysts preparation, nanoscale activity mapping, and understanding of biocatalytic processes down to single molecules.


Research interests:

Single entity electrochemistry, electrodeposition, nanoscale electrochemical imaging, scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM), scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM).


Major publications:

Nogala W. (2019). “Patterning Cu nanostructures tailored for CO2 reduction to electrooxidizable fuels and oxygen reduction in alkaline media”, Nanoscale Adv. 1, 2645.

Nogala W. (2018). “Hopping mode SECM imaging of redox activity in ionic liquid with glass-coated inlaid platinum nanoelectrodes prepared using a heating coil puller”, J. Electroanal.Chem. 815, 231.

Nogala W. (2015). “Tailored gold nanostructure arrays as catalysts for oxygen reduction in alkaline media and a single molecule SERS platform”, Nanoscale, 7, 10767.

Nogala W. (2015). “Voltammetric pH Nanosensor”, Anal. Chem. 87, 11641.

Nogala W. (2012). “Atomic Force Microscopy of Electrochemical Nanoelectrodes”, Anal. Chem. 84, 5192.