LIVING MATERIALS PACZESNY LAB
We are using chemistry, biology, and physics mixed together to obtain a new quality of research on bio-inspired, functional nanomaterials.
Our lab aims to establish a two-way connection between the biology and chemistry of materials. We attempt to be clever in our work to answer important questions and not to be “equipment oriented”. For team members, the work in the lab should be a way to reach scientific excellence.
We are always looking for students who are willing to work hard on their bachelor's or master's thesis in our group. There are also open positions for internships.
News and Succeses
Our review paper was mentioned as one the most notable reviews published in the first half of 2023 in Nanomaterials!
From 3rd to 7th of November, Rafał Zbonikowski and Natalia Szczepańska attended 11th International Workshop on Surface Modification for Chemical and Biochemical Sensing (picture from SMCBS archive).
Natalia presented a poster entitled
”Fully Inorganic Nanocoatings for Antibacterial and Catalytical Applications”,
and Rafał gave a talk about
”Interfacial Colloidal Stimuli-responsive System Composed of Nanoparticles Decorated with Poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (PNIPAM)”.
Hoping to see you at the 12th edition!
Jan Paczesny attended (13.10 to 15.10) the meeting celebrating 100 years of active work of the Scientific Association of Chemists at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Janek is an honorary member of the association. He gave a lecture about the Living Materials team research. This was a fabulous opportunity to meet after so many years!
Picture - NKCh archives by Agata Warlich.
On the 13th of October, Michał Folga obtained his MSc degree for his work done in our group. Warsaw University of Technology awarded the degree, and Prof. Mariusz Pietrzak acted as supervisor.
On the 6th of October Mateusz Wdowiak and Rafał Zbonikowski participated in the Warsaw Soft Matter Day, an PD2PI initiative merging physicists, chemists and biologists working on topics related also to living materials.
Mateusz gave a talk on
“Protein-binding dyes as molecular sunscreen protecting bacteriophages from UV radiation”,
and Rafał presented a poster:
“Interfacial colloidal dynamic self-assembly system composed of nanoparticles decorated with poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (PNIPAM)”.
Dr hab. Adam Kubas appointed as the new director of the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS. Prof. Kubas appointed Prof. Paczesny as deputy director for the scientific affairs. The picture shows reaction of Prof. Paczesny when he was offered the position :)
We also welcome Hossein Maleki-Ghaleh - new post doc in the group. Hossein is involved in the realization of OPUS 2022/45/B/ST5/01500 "Antiviral nanoparticles and polymers to selectively fight phage infections without harming bacteria and eukaryotic cells".
We welcom Gunjan Tiwari - new PhD student in the group. Gunjan will work in appliction of the electric field in physical chemistry.
Mateusz Grotek received Scholarship for best students at Warsaw Military University in Warsaw. He was awarded the Rector's scholarship for outstanding academic achievements. After comparing the number of ranking points obtained by all applicants, Mateusz was classified to the group of top 9% of the best students of the academic year. CONGRATS!
On September, 26th, 2023, Jan Paczesny was a guest of Łukasz Badowski in RDC auditon entitled "Z innej planety". Janek talked about phages and microplastics.
Jan Paczesny gave lecture on Ethics in research durign conference organized by the Institute of Organic Chemistry PAS in Warsaw
Jan Paczesny attended 2nd Bacteriophage Symposium, Gdańsk, September 7-9, 2023. He is a founding member of Polish Society for Research on Viruses of Microorganisms.
We welcome Dr Prabhjot Singh! He is involved in the project OPUS 2019/35/B/ST5/03229 “Dynamic and responsive Langmuir-Blodgett films”.
New paper! This is a results of collaboration of Bartek Bończak and Jan Paczesny with the group of Prof. Prochowicz.
Molecular Engineering of Azahomofullerene-based Electron Transporting Materials for Efficient and Stable Perovskite Solar Cells
Rohit D Chavan, Bartłomiej Bończak, Joanna Kruszyńska, Apurba Mahapatra, Muhammad Ans, Jan Nawrocki, Kostiantyn Nikiforow, Pankaj Yadav, Jan Paczesny, Faranak Sadegh, Muhittin Unal, Seckin Akin, Daniel Prochowicz
Chemistry of Materials, 2023
On 01/06-01/09, the qualifying rounds for the first edition of the national competition "Chemkaton" organized by the AGH University of Krakow for first- and second-cycle students of chemistry studies were held. Mateusz Grotek, undergrad student in our group, together with members of the team representing Military University of Technology, qualified to the final along with 7 other teams.
New paper is out!
Enhancing the antimicrobial activity of silver nanoparticles against ESKAPE bacteria and emerging fungal pathogens by using tea extracts
Sada Raza, Mateusz Wdowiak, Mateusz Grotek, Witold Adamkiewicz, Kostiantyn Nikiforow, Pumza Mente, Jan Paczesny
Nanoscale Advances, 2023
We welcome new PhD student to the group! Bartosz Kamiński joined our new OPUS project and will work on novel antiviral agents.
Enkhlin joined Professor Vincent Rotello group at Department of Chemistry, UMass Amherst for six months internship within NAWA/NCN project. We are waiting for fascinating results! Enkhlin - no pressure! :)
Our PhD student Mateusz Wdowiak participated at 10th Congress of European Microbiologists FEMS 2023 in Hamburg, Germany (9-13.07.2023). The scientific poster he presented discussed a novel design for the usage of silver nanoparticles synthesized with tea extracts (TeaNPs) against emerging bacterial and fungal pathogens".
We welcome new interns in the lab! Magdalena Tomczyńska and Aleksander Piasecki joined the group for the summer internship.
We got a new cover - ACS Omega!
Our PhD student Mateusz Wdowiak participated at XXII Krajowa Konferecja Elektroniki in Darłowo, Poland (11-15.06.2023). His talk entitled "Wykorzystanie warstw światłowodowych i bakteriofagów do wykrywania bakterii patogennych" was awarded in the session "Optyka zintegrowana - modelowanie, technologie i charakteryzacje".
Enkhlin Ochirbat went for a short internship to Gdańsk to work in Phage Consultants labs.
With a delay we inform that our wonderful undergrad student is no longer an undergrad student! Natalia Szczepańska defended her engineering degree at Warsaw University of Technology (supervisor Professor Izabela Madura),
Natalia is now conducting research work as a foundation for the master degree.