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We are using chemistry, biology, and physics mixed together to obtain a new quality of research on bio-inspired, functional nanomaterials.

Our Work


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.

Job offers


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

September 2023

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.

September 2023

We welcome Dr Prabhjot Singh! He is involved in the project OPUS 2019/35/B/ST5/03229 “Dynamic and responsive Langmuir-Blodgett films”.

September 2023

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

September 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.

August 2023

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

August 2023

We welcome new PhD student to the group! Bartosz Kamiński joined our new OPUS project and will work on novel antiviral agents.

July 2023

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! :)

July 2023

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".

July 2023

We welcome new interns in the lab! Magdalena Tomczyńska and Aleksander Piasecki joined the group for the summer internship. 

July 2023

We got a new cover - ACS Omega!

June 2023

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".

June 2023

Enkhlin Ochirbat went for a short internship to Gdańsk to work in Phage Consultants labs.

June 2023

With a slight 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. 

May 2023

Aleksandra Ferenc - Mrozek joined IPC PAS as a lab manager. Ola shares her time between three groups. Welcome!

May 2023

New press released about our paper "Heteroaggregation of virions and microplastics reduces the number of active bacteriophages in aqueous environments" published in Journal of Environmental Quality is out!  You can read it here!

May 2023

Paper accepted! 

Stimuli-responsive Langmuir Films Composed of Nanoparticles Decorated with Poly(N-isopropyl Acrylamide) (PNIPAM) at the Air/Water Interface

Rafał Zbonikowski, Michalina Iwan, Jan Paczesny

ACS Omega, just accepted

May 2023

Conference time! Jan Paczesny attended The 21st Annual Meeting of Society of Nano Science and Technology in Hakodate, Japan. He talked about stabilization of viruses.

April 2023

We invite everyone to check the new series of lectures - "Breaking barriers - physical chemistry in biological systems".

09.05.2023, 13:00, Prof. Rienk Eelkema, Delft University of Technology

16.05.2023, 11:00, Prof. Lee Cronin, University of Glasgow

23.05.2023, 12:00, Prof. Petra Schwille, Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry

30.05.2023, 11:00, Prof. Alex Evilevitch, Lund University

30.05.2023, 16:00, Prof. Vincent Rotello, University of Massachusetts Amherst

06.06.2023, 11:00, Prof. Maciej Wojtkowski, IChF & ICTER

More details and links are available here!

March 2023

Our PhD student Mateusz Wdowiak was selected to present a scientific poster at the upcoming 10th FEMS Congress of European Microbiologists in July 2023 in Hamburg.

FEMS2023 is the biggest event in Europe dedicated to showcasing the latest developments across the broad scope of microbiology.

March 2023

Jan Paczesny went to Japan to work with Professor Shigeori Takenaka at Kyushu Institute of Technology! The visit is funded by The Matsumae International Foundation, Japan.

March 2023

We are hining! Post-doc within OPUS 2019/35/B/ST5/03229 (nanosynthesis, nanocharacterization, thin films, physical chemistry, organic physical chemistry) wanted!

More details here!

March 2023

Coffee Seminars are back on! Coffee Seminars are semi-informal meetings (with coffee)  that aim to allow us to keep up to date with the most active research  areas while, at the same time, facilitating networking in our Institute. Organizers - Alexandra Siklitskaya (Team 20 - CoopCat) and Jan Paczesny invite you to join on Fridays, 1 pm.

March 2023

Our paper was highlighted on the cover of the journal issue!

Congo red protects bacteriophages against  UV irradiation and allows for the simultaneous use of phages and UV for  membrane sterilization

Mateusz Wdowiak, Patryk A. Mierzejewski, Rafał Zbonikowski, Bartłomiej Bończaka and Jan Paczesny*

Environmental Science Water Research & Technology, 2023, DOI: 10.1039/d2ew00913g (IF=5.82)

March 2023

Yet another paper coming from the group (fifth this year already!)

Heteroaggregation of virions and microplastics reduces the number of active bacteriophages in aqueous environments

Enkhlin Ochirbat, Rafał Zbonikowski, Anna Sulicka, Bartłomiej Bończak, Magdalena Bonarowska, Marcin Łoś, Elżbieta Malinowska, Robert Hołyst, Jan Paczesny

Journal of Environmental Quality, 2023,

March 2023

New paper coming from our group! 

Adaptive 2D and Pseudo-2D Systems: Molecular, Polymeric, and Colloidal Building Blocks for Tailored Complexity

by Rafał Zbonikowski, Pumza Mente, Bartłomiej Bończak and Jan Paczesny

Nanomaterials 2023, 13(5), 855;

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