1. Paweł Jan Żuk
Stationary states out of equilibrium in various physical systems
Paweł Jan Żuk started his scientific adventure in Warsaw in 2009 by joining the group of Prof. Tomasz Lipniacki at the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research in the Polish Academy of Sciences. This project, which lasted for two years, focused on spatial aspects on cellular signalling and led to the completion of a BSc in Mathematics (Probability Theory, co-advised by Prof. Witold Bednorz at the Mathematics Department, University of Warsaw), and an MSc in Physics (Mathematical and Computational Modelling in Physics, co-advised by Prof. Konrad Bajer at the Physics Department, University of Warsaw).
Paweł then commenced his PhD studies, advised by Prof. Piotr Szymczak at the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of Warsaw. His thesis focused on the modelling of the aggregation of weakly interacting Brownian particles in shear flow. Shortly before starting his PhD, he began to study the numerical modelling of biomass gasification in collaboration with Prof. Konrad Bajer and Dr. Marek Dudyński (industrial partner, MTF Sp. z o.o.). The development of the numerical library based on the OpenFOAM environment is currently ongoing in collaboration with Prof. Guenther Carlos Krieger Filho at the University of Sao Paulo.
After successfully defending his PhD thesis, he was awarded with a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University in the group of Prof. Howard Stone. During that time, he worked on problems involving fibers in shear flow (in collaboration with Prof. Maria Ekiel-Jeżewska from the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research at the Polish Academy of Sciences) and electrokinetics (in collaboration with Prof. Robert Hołyst from the Institute of Chemical Physics at the Polish Academy of Sciences).
Recently, he has been investigating the thermodynamics of nonequilibrium stationary states advised by Prof. Anna Maciołek (Institute of Chemical Physics at the Polish Academy of Sciences) as a postdoc in the PD2PI program.
Paweł is a theoretical physicist interested in mesoscopic physics that can involve randomness. He approaches problems by combining numerical and theoretical techniques, which he finds very fruitful regardless of the specific topic under study.
phone: +48 22 343 3408
2. Dariusz G. Piekarski
Machine learning design of anion-binding catalysts: chirality transfer of organoreceptors
Dariusz G. Piekarski was born in Kielce, Poland. He went through an unconventional scientific carrier pathway receiving dual master (mgr inż.) in polymer science and management and engineering in production from Jagiellonian University in Cracow and University of Technology Kielce (Poland), respectively, followed by 3 years of working experience in industry. Then, he returned to academia after obtaining the 2 years EU TCCM Erasmus Mundus grant, following the prestigious 4 years PhD-FPI grant from the Autonomous University of Madrid. He defended his PhD in 2017. His PhD thesis entitled “Fragmentation dynamics of ionised amino acids and neutral clusters of amino acids in the gas phase: A theoretical study” written under supervision of Prof. S. Díaz-Tendero and Prof. M. Alcamí was marked with the highest grade in the Spanish educational system and international mention. Afterwards, he went to work on theoretical aspects in organic catalysis as a theoretical leader in the experimental group of Prof. O. García Mancheño in Regensburg, Germany. After a year he moved to WWU Münster (Germany), where he continued his post-doctoral research experience during the next two years working on modelling of novel catalysts and their interactions with organic molecules focusing on enantioselectivity transfer. During this time he published in prestigious journals e.g. Nat. Comm. and Angew. Chem. He gained experience in reviewing in peer-review journals such as J. Phys. Chem. Lett., as well as he enjoyed 3-months scientific excursions at i) University of Porto in Portugal (guest of prof. M. João Ramos), California State University in USA (guest of Prof. E. Tapavicza) and iii) multiple stays at GANIL (CNRS) in Caen (guest of Prof. P. Rousseau). In 2020 D. G. Piekarski was chosen to be a young leader of the WG2 working group of the COST Action program and was also a finalist of CNRS competition of section 04/02 – Atomic and Molecular Physics. Finally, he was offered the Assistant Professorship position at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences within PD2PI grant. He joined the group of Dr. hab., prof. IPC PAS A. Kubas, where he is currently working on the development of novel organocatalysts.
phone: +48 22 343 3356
3. Bhavana Gupta
Understanding the mechanism of hole scavenger photo-electrochemical oxidation on the surface of semiconductor
Bhavana Gupta was born in New Delhi India. After finishing her Master degree in Chemical Sciencse she enrolled for doctoral degree. She completed her doctoral degree from Indian Institute of Technology, BHU in the year 2012. During her PhD she visited Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan through a student cultural exchange programme for seven months. After her PhD she worked as a postdoctoral fellow and also had a chance to take classes for student pursuing their master degree. She was selected for prestigious Bluastein postdoctoral fellowship to work at Ben Gurion University of Negev, Israel with Prof. Iris Visoly-Fisher. She was also selected for IdeX postdoctoral to work at Bordeaux University with Prof. Alexander Kuhn. Her experience is in electrochemistry to study and explore various applications of functional materials such as conducting polymer and metal oxide based photocatalyst etc.
In Dec. 2020, she joined Dr. Wojciech Nogala Group-Nanoelectrochemistry at the IPC under Pd2PI project. Primary interest of the research is to understand the mechanism of the hole scavenger photooxidation during photoelectrocatalysis with the help of scanning electrochemical microscope. This will pave a way for tailor made semiconductor films that can be used for efficient water splitting.
4. Michał Bogdan
Structural mechanics of soft-granular clusters: from simulations to microfluidic experiments on droplet aggregates
Michał Bogdan is a biophysicist and soft matter physicist, having recently (July 2020) obtained a PhD in the Group of Dynamics of Living Matter at the Department of Engineering of the University of Cambridge and previously been awarded an MASt in Physics at the same university. His PhD research focused on physical principles behind various examples of motions in biological systems. He demonstrated analytically and via simulations that motion blur can seriously affect measurements of energetic landscapes in experimental methods based on probing of motion of Brownian particles. He also constructed an analytically solvable model of formation of instabilities at the edges of active fluids, which may help explain the occurrence of metastasis-inducing protrusions at the edges of growing carcinomas. Currently, his research in the Institute focuses on physical properties of microfluidically build droplet structures.
phone: +48 22 343 3297
5. Michał Andrzej Kochman
In silico optimization of trans-cis photoisomerization of retinoids
Michał Andrzej Kochman received his master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh in 2010. His studies were supported by the prestigious G. D. Fahrenheit Scholarship awarded by the President of Gdańsk. He then went on to do his doctoral work under the supervision of Dr Carole A. Morrison at the University of Edinburgh School of Chemistry.
In 2013, he took up a postdoctoral position in the research group of Prof. Dr R. J. Dwayne Miller at the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) in Hamburg, Germany. While there, his research interests solidified to include photochemistry and photoactive molecules such as fluorescent probes and molecular switches. He later did two short postdocs in the group of Prof. Dr Bo Durbeej at Linköping University in Linköping, Sweden, and in the group of Prof. Dr Martijn Zwijnenburg at University College London (UCL) in London, UK.
In September 2020, Michał was awarded a PD2PI Scholarship, and joined the Cooperative Catalysis group of Dr hab. Adam Kubas, Prof. IPC PAS, at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. His aim is to identify the factors which control the photoisomerization of retinoids in the solution phase and, in doing so, to lay the ground for an improved synthetic route to 9-cis retinoids, which have potential application in the treatment of some inherited diseases of the retina, such as Leber congenital amaurosis.
phone: +48 22 343 3360
6. Bren Mark B Felisilda
Scalable electrosynthesis of dimensionally confined, high purity conducting polymers at electrified soft interfaces for energy conversion and storage (SOFT-ELECTROSYNTHESIS)
Bren Mark B Felisilda was born in Cagayan de Oro City (Philippines). Coming from a humble background, he pursued his undergraduate degree (BSc in Chemistry) with a scholarship from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST, Philippines) and Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan. His undergraduate thesis project was also awarded a competitive student research support fund, which was his first research funding. After graduating in 2008, he was hired by the Chemistry Department of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, where he taught various general chemistry courses. In 2009, he passed the national Philippine Chemistry Board Examinations. His passion for teaching was ignited through this 4-years of teaching experience. In order to improve his knowledge and skills, he applied for a scholarship to pursue his Master of Engineering in Applied Chemistry in Hanbat National University (South Korea). Working with Prof. Jang Myoun Ko, he developed bimetallic electrocatalysts for nitrate reduction. Right before graduating in 2014, he applied for a scholarsip to do his PhD in Chemistry with Prof. Damien Arrigan at Curtin University (Australia). Here, he explored the use of electrochemistry at the interface between two immiscible electroyte solutions (ITIES) to characterize various biomolecules and its potential applications. He also collaborated with a visiting PhD researcher (University of Manchester) to look at the structural effects of electroadsorption on proteins. While doing his PhD, Bren was also active in laboratory demonstrations for various chemistry courses and in science outreach projects. After his PhD, he did a project at the Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science (ACROSS, Tasmania) with A/Prof Joselito Quirino working on the development of alternative chromatographic stationary pseudophases based on surfactants. He then came back to Prof. Arrigan’s group to work on developing a chemical sensor to demonstrate the integrity and performance of water recycling reverse osmosis systems in collaboration with Water Corporation (Western Australia).
In December 2020, Bren joined the group of Dr. hab. Martin Jönsson-Niedziółka at the Institute of Physical Chemistry – Polish Academy of Sciences as a PD2PI fellow. Here, he will try to use his experiences with soft electrified interfaces to synthesize conducting polymers, characterize it and hopefully apply it for energy conversion and storage.
7. Marcin Szymon Filipiak
Droplet microfluidic platform for electrochemical monitoring of single cells
Marcin Szymon Filipiak was born in Bydgoszcz, Poland and finished his MSc Eng. studies in Biotechnology (specialty Microbioanalytics) at Warsaw University of Technology. He then moved to Heidelberg, Germany to join BioMed X Institute for the project “Nanomaterial-Based Biosensors” kindly sponsored by Roche Diagnostics. At the same time, he worked on his PhD thesis entitled “Carbon based nanomaterials for biosensing applications” at the Heidelberg University, which he successfully defended in June 2019.
In October 2020, he started the PD2PI fellowship at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of Polish Academy of Sciences under mentorship of Dr. Jan Guzowski. His project “Droplet microfluidic platform for electrochemical monitoring of single cells” will include droplet microfluidics, cell culturing and electrochemical measurements.
phone: +48 22 343 3297
8. Steven Linfield
Nanoelectrochemistry and fluorescence microscopy: a combined approach towards single molecule detection
Steven Linfield was born in Bath, United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Southampton (United Kingdom) in 2015 with an integrated Masters in Chemistry (MChem). Whilst studying, he participated in several research projects, with topics including: semiconductor electrodeposition; electrochemical desalination; and copper nanowire fabrication. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Steven stayed in Southampton to study for a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Guy Denuault. His PhD research was focussed on the detection of transient nanobubbles using a resistive pulse sensing method, and also involved the fabrication and characterisation of tungsten nanoelectrodes. During his PhD studies, Steven also taught one of the practical elements of the widely respected Southampton Electrochemistry Summer School for four consecutive years.
In August 2020, Steven joined the Nanoelectrochemistry group (Department 7) headed by Dr. Wojciech Nogala. His work at the IChF will focus on the measurement of single entities (e.g. nanoparticles, enzymes, etc.) using electrochemistry. These measurements will be linked with fluorescence microscopy in order to overcome the contemporary detection limits of electrochemistry and approach single molecule detection.
phone: +48 22 343 3375
9. Ewelina Magdalena Kuna
Microfluidic System for Solar Energy Conversion
Ewelina Kuna was born in Rzeszów, Poland. She graduated in 2013 from Warsaw University of Technology in Chemical Technology then participated in the Leonardo Da Vinci Program at the University of Cordoba (Spain) where she worked on the characterization of heterogeneous catalyst. From 2014 to 2016 she was a research assistant at the Institute of Physical Chemistry Polish Academy of Science (IPC PAS) where she studied various aspects of synthesis and characterization of novel hybrid organic-inorganic materials tested in photocatalytic processes. During 2017-2020, Ewelina was a PhD fellow within the ITN-MSCA PHOTOTRAIN project at the Univiersity of Bologna (Italy). Her PhD activity was focused on spectroscopic studies on the organic photo-catalytic systems formed at the liquid-liquid and solid-liquid interface.
In August 2020, Ewelina joined the Charge Transfer Processes in Hydrodynamic Systems research group at the IPC PAS, lead by Prof. Martin Jönsson-Niedziółkas, as a post doc she will continue study on the dynamic photo-active interface to develop the microfluidic system, which can be easily extended to solar fuel cells, and move light-fuelled chemical transformations.
phone: +48 22 343 3408
10. Malik Dilshad Khan
Oxygen Reduction and Hydrogen Evolution catalyzed by Carbon Nitride-Metal Chalcogenide Composites at Liquid-Liquid Interfaces
Malik Dilshad Khan was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. He received his master’s degree from Quaid-I-Azam University (Pakistan), and obtained his Phd from University of Zululand, South Africa. His doctoral studies were jointly funded by National Research Foundation (South Africa) and Royal Society-Department for International Development (RS-DFID) (UK). During PhD, he carried out his research in the University of Manchester (UK), under the supervision of (LATE) Prof. Paul O’Brien (CBE, FRS) and partly in the University of Zululand (SA), in Prof. Neerish Revaprasadu’s (Chair of Nanotechnology in SA) group. His research focus was to develop new selenium based metal organic complexes for the synthesis of metal selenide nanomaterials, alloys and thin films for energy applications. Beside the main Phd project, he has also successfully accomplished other projects, which involves an innovative and scalable synthesis of geologically and technologically important ternary/quaternary metal chalcogenides. After Phd, he continued to work in the same group as post doc. fellow and research coordinator for RS-DFID program. He has also co-supervised three PhD and two MSc students. He is well versed in synthesis of nanomaterials by colloidal and non-colloidal routes. He has published above 40 papers so far in internationally well reputed journals and contributed three book chapters.
In December 2020, he started PD2PI fellowship and joined Prof. Marcin Opallo’s group at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of Polish Academy of Sciences. His research project “Oxygen Reduction and Hydrogen Evolution catalyzed by Carbon Nitride-Metal Chalcogenide Composites at Liquid-Liquid Interfaces” will include investigating new metal chalcogenide.
phone: +48 78 138 6657
11. Ilona Paulina Foik
The role of inter-bacteria interaction in antimicrobial resistance – droplet microfluidic approach to study urinary tract infections
Ilona Paulina Foik was born in Sandomierz, Poland. She got her B. Sc. degree in Biotechnology from Nicolaus Copernicus University Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in 2009. One year later, she received a M. Eng. degree in Biotechnology from the University of Technology and Life Sciences in Bydgoszcz, Poland. In 2010 she joined the Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw to perform her research studies focused on searching for a strategy to extend the life of successful antibiotics with the usage of antibiotic adjuvants. In 2015 she moved to the USA and continued research work as a Laboratory Assistant II for Professor Celia Goulding’s crystallography lab at the University of California Irvine (UCI). Later, Ilona joined Albert Siryaporn’s laboratory at UCI to work on bacteria-host interactions using microfluidics. After receiving a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS) in 2018, she continued work as a Postdoctoral scholar at Siryaporn’s lab for two more years. In March 2020, Ilona joined the Microfluidics and Complex Fluids Research Group at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Science.
In 2010 Ilona won a four-year Ph.D. scholarship supported by the European Social Fund, Human Capital Operational Programme, to execute the project “Support for biotech med scientists in technology transfer.” During her doctoral studies, she was also awarded a travel grant for attending the prestigious EMBO YIP Ph.D. Course in Heidelberg, Germany, given by European Molecular Biology Laboratory. In 2012, she was awarded the Youth Travel Fund by the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS).
Ilona’s research interests lie in antibiotic resistance, bacteria-host interactions and microfluidics. She is the first author of one publication and a co-author of three publications in prestigious journals.
12. Frantisek Muzika
Controlable Belousov-Zhabotinsky vesicles for chemical computing applications
Frantisek Muzika was born in Vyškov, Czech Republic. Graduated at ICT Prague in 2009 in a field of chemical engineering with focus on mathematical modelling, specifically the Stoichiometric Network Analysis and the Continuation method. He followed doctoral studies focusing on emergence of spatiotemporal patterns in biochemical systems under Prof. I. Schreiber at ICT Prague. In 2012 he obtained internal one year grant „Experimental verification of occurrence of Turing pattern in a cascade of two coupled continuous stirred tank reactors“. The most promising results were published in Reaction Kinetics, Mechanisms and Catalysis journal. This grant started his focus on experimental work in general. A part of his Ph.D. studies he was working as an assistant in student’s laboratories of chemical engineering where he also wrote student’s manual for filtration with Dr. L. Schreiberová. In 2014 he was Visiting Research Assistant at University of Leeds under Prof. A. F. Taylor, where he was focused on enzymatic urease reaction in alginate beads and co-authored one article in ChemComm. He finished his Ph.D. thesis in 2015 titled as „Study of Synergic Effects in Arrays of Coupled Cells with Mutual Interaction“, which was focused on chemical computing in arrays of coupled cells with glycolysis reaction chain using discrete Turing patterns but also on the occurrence of discrete Turing patterns in Brusselator model. He started postdoc in the same year under Prof. I Schreiber at ICT Prague collaborating with Ing. Jan Červený, Ph.D. from Czechglobe near Brno with the grant name „Dynamics of complex reaction networks in enzyme reactors and photobioreactors“. During this grant he supervised one master student and he was consultant for four bachelor students with modelling focus on photobioreactors and experimental focus of glycolysis, glucose oxidase enzyme and urease enzyme. All of them graduated successfully. Experimental and modelling work were published in three journals focused on basic research. In 2018 he started next postdoc again under Prof. I Schreiber at ICT Prague collaborating with Ing. Jan Červený, Ph.D. from Czechglobe near Brno with the grant name „Constrained analysis of reaction networks - a tool for experimental validation of models of biochemical and photobiological reactors“. During this grant, he was consultant for one bachelor student and three master students, all of them graduated successfully. In 2019 he started to cooperate with Associate Prof. M. Soos working on evaluating kinetic performance of new materials for enzyme immobilization, which was concluded by two publications and one will follow in 2021. Apart from these publications, experimental and modelling work from this grand was concluded in three book chapters and two basic research journals, one will follow during 2021.
In Jan 2021, with delayed start due to Covid-19 national countermeasures, he started to work with Prof. J. Gorecki on PD2PI project „Controllable Belousov-Zhabotinsky vesicles for chemical computing applications“ to expand his chemical computing experimental experience, to conclude work on occurrence of discrete Turing patterns in coupled glycolytic oscillators and to gather more international experience.
13. Kristina Kristinaityte
Towards the comprehensive real-time monitoring of photoreactions by the integrated laser/UV-vis-NMR-TR-NUS method
Kristina Kristinaityte was born in Klaipeda, Lithuania. She finished her studies at Vilnius University, where she got a B.Sc. degree in Applied Physics in 2010, a M.Sc. degree in Medical Physics in 2012, and a PhD degree in Physics in 2019. Throughout her Bachelor studies Kristina worked as a member of the High-Intensity Laser Physics group. Right after graduating from her Master’s, she was employed as a medical physicist at the Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos and decided to pursue her career in science becoming a PhD student addressing potential future developments of nano-structure materials and NMR-based methods applied in clinical routine. During the third year of Doctoral studies, Kristina got an opportunity to gain valuable experience doing ERASMUS practice in NanoBioMedical centre in Poznan for two months.
In October 2020, Kristina Kristinaityte joined Dr. Tomasz Ratajczyk’s group - the Nuclear hyperpolarization of molecular systems and nanomaterials at the IPC under the PD2PI project. The primary interest of the research is the practical utilization of NMR-light-based techniques for real-time monitoring of photoreactions. Part of the investigation will be held at the University of Regensburg, Institute of Organic Chemistry, Germany under the supervision of Prof. Dr. R. M. Gschwind.
phone: +48 22 343 3410
14. José María Carnerero Panduro (former fellow)
Bimolecular reactions in biological environments: a physicochemical analysis
Jose M. Carnerero was born in Seville (Spain). He began his scientific career in 2010, when he obtained a grant for undergraduate students in the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). From the year 2011 his research would be focused on Physical Chemistry field, obtaining his Ph. D. degree in 2017 from the University of Seville. His research in this age was centered on the interactions of long DNA chain and its monomers with anionic gold nanoparticles. During his period as a Ph. D. student, he did two stays in foreign research centers: the first one was in the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK) to study of interactions of DNA and the nucleobases with nanoparticles by NMR spectroscopy; and the second one was in Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) to study the effect of anionic colloidal gold in the DNA structure by fluorescence microscopy. One year later, he joined to the research group of Prof. Dr. K. Yoshikawa at Doshisha University to understand the physics aspects of the interactions between nanospheres and rods with DNA molecules.
In November 2020, he joined the “Dynamics of light-induced bimolecular reactions” group at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of Polish Academy Sciences (Warsaw, Poland), under the supervision of Dr. hab. G. Angulo. The main purpose of his project is to expand the models of diffusion-limited reactions to processes that occur in biological environments.
15. Rahul Ranjan
Vapour-assisted growth of stable 2D/3D hybrid perovskite for solar cell application
Rahul Ranjan was born in Patna India. After completing his undergraduate in Chemical Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata., he did master from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. Subsequently, he enrolled for a doctoral degree in the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Here he explored the topic of Solar photovoltaic. He did his training on Planar perovskite solar cells at Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University and mesoporous structure at the University of Edinburgh. Then he played a pivotal role in the optimization and fabrication of perovskite solar cells at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. He was able to achieve 18-19% efficiency in planar perovskite solar cell by additive modification using Methyl Ammonium Lead Iodide as absorber layer with the excellent thermal stability of 500 h and 100 days moisture stability. He has worked extensively on all the current problems of perovskite such as stability, Lead-free layer, low-temperature processing of perovskite.
After complicating his PhD in December 2019, he joined as Project Scientist at the Department of Materials science and Engineering and the Department of Sustainable Energy Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and worked on the optimization of the inverted structure of perovskite with nickel oxide as the hole transport layer.
In October 2021, Rahul joined a group of Prof. Janusz Lewiński at the Institute of Physical Chemistry – Polish Academy of Sciences as a PD2PI fellow. His work is on the stability of perovskite solar cells using a 2D/3D hybrid structures.
phone: +48 22 343 2077