Welcome to the website of Nanostructured Materials Group and Electrochemistry Group at the Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland).

Our Group conducts research mainly based on the electrochemical synthesis and complex characterization of nanostructural materials, such as nanoporous metal oxides or highly ordered metallic and polymer nanowires.

Our research interests are also focused on application capabilities of synthesized materials, starting from photoelectrochemical activity of nanostructural semiconductive oxides, electrochemical sensors based on metallic nanowires, up to biomedical applications of anodic TiO2 layers.

Recently, we have started investigating bioelectrochemical systems and also materials with potential for energy storage. More detailed information on our research works can be found on this website in the Research bookmark.

Currently, there are 5 PhD theses conducted in our Group. Moreover, we are leading 10 research projects financed from the National Science Center. Our Group is intensively collaborating with many research groups from Poland and abroad (Portugal, Germany, USA, Russia, Ukraine), as well as with the industry.

Our Group conducts also commissioned measurements (more information can be found in the Equipment bookmark).

We strongly invite all of you to the research cooperation with our Group.

Contact - prof. Grzegorz Sulka - e-mail: sulka@chemia.uj.edu.pl

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FuNaM-3!! NEW CONFERENCE DATE

We would like to cordially invite you for the 3rd International Workshop on Functional Nanostructured Materials (FuNaM-3), which will be organized by our Group between 6th and 8th October 2021.

More information about the conference can be found HERE

 

ATTENTION!!

The Electrochemistry Group is looking for 2 PhD students from the new academic year 2021/2022. We offer work in the SONATA BIS 8 project Nanostructured core-shell semiconducting electrodes with a specified geometry - design, synthesis and photoelectrochemical characterization financed by the National Science Center.

We offer a 30-month salary paid independently of the Doctoral School scholarship.

If you are interested, please contact the project coordinator (L. Zaraska) to get more information: zaraska@chemia.uj.edu.pl or leszek.zaraska@uj.edu.pl

 

March 11th 2021

Dr Oleg Tkachenko (V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Kharkiv, Ukraine) has joined our group within Scholarship Programme for Young Researchers from the European Neighbourhood - Coimbra Group. During the next month he will be performed a research on electrochemical deposition of materials that can be used as electrocatalysts in electrochemical water splitting reaction.

 

February 22nd 2021

Our collegue, Renata Palowska has received funding for realization of the „Talent Management” project Nickel and ruthenium selenide as a catalyst for electrochemical hydrogen generation financed within the Strategic Program Excellence Initiative Anthropocene.

Congratulations!

 

November 23rd 2020

Prof. Grzegorz Sulka has made his way onto the list of top two percent researchers in the world according to the ranking prepared by Stanford University. Elsevier and SciTech Strategies company!

Congratulations!

 

October 21st 2020

Our PhD student - Magdalena Gurgul - received the best oral presentation award during the 5th ISE Satellite Student Regional Symposium on Electrochemistry "Promising Materials and Processes in Applied Electrochemistry".

Congratulations!

 

October 2020

Members of our Group received the 3rd degree team award of the Rector of the Jagiellonian University for academic teachers for their scientific achievements in the year 2019.

Congratulations!

 

September 24th 2020

Our collegues - Krystyna MikaJoanna Grudzień and Dominika Rajska - have received funding for realization of their projects within the Strategic Program Excellence Initiative at the Jagiellonian University.

Congratulations!

 

July 22nd 2020

Our collegues - Krystyna Mika and Dominika Rajska - have been awarded by Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry for the papers published in the highest Impact Factor journals in 2019.

Congratulations!

 

May 29th 2020

Our collegues, Karolina Gawlak and Renata Palowska, also completed an internship in the group of dr Lifeng Liu at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) Braga, Portugal. During the stay they realized some research tasks within our Harmonia 9 project.

 

May 18th 2020

National Science Center announced the results of the OPUS18 proposals. Among projects qualified for financing, there was also one entilted New nanoporous anodic materials photoactive in the UV-Vis range which will be realized in our Group between 2020-2023 in cooperation with Military University of Technology (consortium leader).

Congratulations!

 

February 2nd 2020

Between 01.11.20119 and 31.01.2020 our collegue, Leszek Zaraska, completed a three-month internship in the group of dr Lifeng Liu at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) Braga, Portugal. During the stay he realized some research tasks within our Harmonia 9 project.

 

January 9th 2020

The book entitled Nanostructured Anodic Metal Oxides: Synthesis and Applications edited by prof. G. Sulka will be publised by Elsevier on March 1st. The book consists of 13 chapters authored by recognized specialists in the field of anodic fabrication of nanostructured oxide materials including the members of our Group. More information can be found here.

Enjoy reading!

 

January 8th 2020

National Agency for Academic Exchange announced the results of the contest for projects in the framework of bilateral exchange program between the Poland and Ukraine. Among the grants that received funding was our project Nanostructured nickel and palladium‐containing composites based on anodic nanoporous alumina for selective catalytic hydrogenation of organic compounds which will be realized together with L.V. Pisarzhevskii Institute of Physical Chemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The list of all qualified projects can be found here.

Congratulations!

 

November 9th 2019

Between 09.08 and 08.11 our collegue, Agnieszka Brzózka, completed a three-month internship in the group of dr Lifeng Liu at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) Braga, Portugal. During the stay she realized some research tasks within our Harmonia 9 project.

 

November 8th 2019

Our colleague, Joanna Kapusta-Kołodziej successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled Examining the synthesis of nanoporous titanium dioxide (TiO2) by using electrochemical oxidation process in the context of its potential applicability as photoanode.

Congratulations!

 

October 23rd 2019

Our colleague, Anna Brudzisz successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled Application of anodic aluminum oxide templates formed by potential shock for fabrication of nanostructured Ag and AgPd electrodes for reduction of aliphatic halogen compounds.

Congratulations!

 

October 7th, 2019

Ministry of Science and Higher Education announced the results of the "Best of the best! 4.0" proposals. Among projects qualified for financing, there was also one from our Group: Development of the method for fabrication of novel nanostructured electrodes for electrochemical sensors and energy-related applications, which will be realized by our students - Joanna Bogusz i Renata Palowska.

Congratulations!

 

October 1st, 2019

At the end of September, we settled three competitions for the stypendist positions in the NCN projects conducted in our Group. The winners are:

OPUS 13 - Anna Prusak

SONATA BIS 8 - Aleksandra Knapik

SONATA 13 - Mirosława Kobasa

Congratulations!

 

October 1st, 2019

dr Anton Lytvynenko has joined our group again. During his 2-month stay he will working on his project entilted Development of novel composites of Pd nanoparticles in anodic nanoporous tin oxide as potential catalysts of organic compounds hydrogenation financed within Queen Jadwiga Scholarship program.

 

September 23rd, 2019

Our colleague, Anna Pawlik defended her PhD thesis entitled Modified nanoporous anodic titaniu dioxide layers - characterization and biomedical application. From now on, she is a PhD!

Congratulations!

 

September 12th, 2019

Council of the Department of Chemistry, JU gave a title of post-doctoral degree in chemistry to Leszek Zaraska. Congratulations!

 

July 30th - August 2nd, 2019

dr Magdalena Jarosz attended a "Short course on Electrochemically Active Biofilms" at the Washington State University, Pullman, WA. During the course she learnt the basics of the electrochemistry for biofilm examination, as well as new, advanced electrochemical techniques and the methods of biofilm growth controll. The course will help her to continue her research in the Sonata 13 grant.

 

May 22nd, 2019

Our student, Dominik Wójcikiewicz, has been awarded bv Dean of the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Informatics for the best presentation during the conference Horizons of Science 2019 Forum of Diploma Thesis.

Congratulations!

 

May 15th, 2019

Our student, Renata Palowska, received an award for the poster presentation during 4th ISE Satellite Student Regional Symposium on Electrochemistry "Promising Materials and Processes in Applied Electrochemistry" in Kyiv.

Congratulations!

 

March 1st, 2019

Our PhD student, Anna Pawlik was on a four-month scientific internship in professor’s Håvard J. Haugen group at University of Oslo (Norway). During her stay, Ania was working on deposition of doxycycline on nanoporous TiO2 layers.

 

February 18th 2019

National Science Center announced the results of the SONATA BIS proposals. Among projects qualified for financing, there was also one from our Group:

Project  Nanostructured core-shell semiconducting electrodes with a specified geometry - design, synthesis and photoelectrochemical characterization (coordinator L. Zaraska) will be realized in our Group between 2019 and 2024.

Congratulations

 

January 20th 2019

Our collegue, Leszek Zaraska recived the Rector's Award for the highest score in the student's assessment of didactic classes in 2017/2018.

Congratulations!

 

December 21st 2018

Ministry of Science and Higher Education announced the list of students who received the Scholarship for the outstanding scientific achievements. One of the scholarships was awarded to the member of our group, Magdalena Gurgul.

Congratulations!

 

November 26th-30th 2018

During those days we visited dr Lifeng Liu at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) Braga, Portugal. During the visit we discussed the details of our joint research and took part in the workshop Solar Fuel Production Based on Nanostructured Photoelectrodes and Catalysts.

 

October 11th-12th 2018

During those days, our Team was organizing the second edition of the conference that was dedicated for students and PhD students who are working with functional nanostrutured materials (2nd International Workshop on Functional Nanostructured Materials). This years edition was devoted to three main topics:

1. Nanostructured biomaterials

2. Nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage

3. Electrochemistry for nanomaterials and nanomaterials for electrochemistry

The conference held more than 80 scientists from Poland and abroad, including some great specialist from each field that gave an invited lectures.

Moreover, workshops on writing scientific papers and choice of a proper journal (led by the Elsevier representative), and on preparing samples for certain measurements were conducted. Finally, a discussion panel led by dr Krzysztof Fic on writing good research proposal was included in the programm.

Photostory from the conference may be found on the conference website (http://www.funam.confer.uj.edu.pl) and Facebook profile (http://www.facebook.com/FuNaMUJ).

We would like to thank all of the invited guests and participants for their presence at the conference!

 

October 3rd 2018

The President of the Republic of Poland awarded the professor degree to prof. Grzegorz Sulka.

Congratulations!

 

October 1st 2018

dr Anton Lytvynenko has joined our group. During his 5-month stay he will working on his project entilted Fabrication of nanoporous silver foams covered by metal-organic frameworks for electrocatalytic reduction of organic halides financed by the International Visegrad Fund. 

 

October 1st 2018

For the inauguration of the 2018/2019 academic year, prof. Grzegorz Sulka was honored with the Jagiellonian Universitie's Rector Award for the exceptional research achievements.

Congratulations!

 

September 17th 2018

Ministry of Science and Higher Education announced the results of the XII edition of Scholarships for the Outstanding Young Scientists, who are characterized by great scientific records and are conducting high quality research. One of the scholarships was awarded to the member of our group, dr Leszek Zaraska.

Congratulations!

 

September 2nd-7th 2018

At the beginning of September our Team had a pleasure to participate in the 69th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry, which is the biggest electrochemical conference in the world! This year's edition was held in beautiful Bologna. During the conference, not only we had an opportunity to learn a lot, meet other scientists from all over the world, but also to experience the wonderful city of Bologna and taste great italian food!

 

 

August 2018

It is our pleasure to inform that our collegue, Ewa Wierzbicka, has been awarded by the Polish Electroplating Society with the prof. Tadeusz Żak award for her PhD dissertation realized in our Group entilted Electrochemical sensors based on gold nanostructures for the determination of adrenaline

Congratulations!!

 

July 17th 2018

National Science Center announced the resultso of the Etiuda 6 call. Among projects qualified for financing, there was also the proposal of our PhD student, Anna Pawlik, entilted Modified nanoporous titanium dioxide layers - characterization and biomedical applications.

More detailed information may be found here: Projects.

Congratulations!

 

July 4th 2018

Ministry of Science and Hither Education announced the results of the 7the edition of the Diamentowy Grant call. Among projects qualified for financing, there was also the proposal of Magdalena Gurgul, Development of the method for fabrication of novel type of nanostructured oxide electrodes for energy conversion and storage, which will be realized in our Group between 2018 and 2022.

More detailed information may be found here: Projects.

Congratulations!

 

July 3rd 2018

Our colleague, Karolina Syrek successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled Photoelectrochemical properties of nanostructured titanium and tungsten oxides.

Congratulations!

 

June 7th, 2018

One of our PhD student, Anna Pawlik, won an award for the poster presentation at the 5th International Symposium on Surface Imaging/Spectroscopy at the Solid/Liquid Interface.

Congratulations!

 

May 22nd, 2018

Our student, Magdalena Gurgul, won an Pro Chemia Foundation award for the presentation at the Horizons of Science 2018 Forum of Diploma Thesis.

Congratulations!

 

April 19th, 2018

 

Joanna Grudzień, our PhD student, was participating in the iPROMEDAI Training School on Antimicrobial Medical Devices at the University Medical Centre in Amsterdam (Holland). Training School was organized as a part of COST programme. During the 4-day post-academic course, she was gaining knowledge and abilities on research and characterization of antibacterial materials based on microbiological tests.

 

 

March 5th, 2018

 

Natei Ermais Benti, PhD student from the Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) has joined our Group. During his three-month internship, he will be conducting experiments for his PhD thesis.

 

February 21st, 2018

 

Prof. Grzegorz Sulka became a member of the Pol-Stor-En Polish Scientific Consortium council.

The Pol-Stor-En consortium includes: Jagiellonian University in Krakow, AGH University of Science and Technology, Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals (Central Laboratory of Batteries and Cells), Gdańsk University of Technology, Poznań University of Technology, Warsaw University of Technology, and Warsaw University.

 

February 15th, 2018

National Science Center announced the results of the HARMONIA 9 and SONATA 13 proposals. Among projects qualified for financing, there were two from our Group:
 

HARMONIA 9 - Synthesis and characterization of the nanomaterials for the energetics applications will be coordinated by G. Sulka and will be conducted in our Group between 2018 and 2021.

SONATA 13 - Bioelectrodes based on environmentally friendly lactic acid bacteria - physicochemical, biochemical and electrochemical characterization for their potential application in bioelectrochemical systems will be coordinated by M. Jarosz and will also be conducted in our Group in the years 2018–2021.

More detailed information may be found here: Projects.

Congratulations!

 

February 14th, 2018

Our PhD student, Anna Pawlik was on a monthly scientific internship in professor’s Aldo Boccaccini group at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen (Germany). During her stay, Ania was learning the electrophoretic deposition method.

 

January 30th, 2018

Doctor Agata Kołodziejczyk was our guest for the seminary of the Department of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry. She gave a lecture entitled Exobiology, space medicine and astrochemistry in the first in Poland analog research station Lunares.

 

December 14th, 2017

Our colleague, Elżbieta Kurowska-Tabor successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled Nanostructured Ag electrodes as novel amperometric sensors for detection and determination of H2O2.

Congratulations!

 

December 9th, 2017

Our PhD student, Joanna Grudzień was a laureate of the Gazeta Wyborcza competition entitled “Bilet za horyzont” Jutronauci in the field of Nerobiology, Physics and Space.

Congratulations!
 

More information may be found HERE

 

November 15th, 2017

National Science Center announced the results of the OPUS 13 proposals. Among projects qualified for financing, there was one from our Group:
 

The project coordinated by Grzegorz Sulka entitled Synthesis and characterization of novel biomaterials based on three-dimensional (3D) multifunctional titanium substrates was qualified to be financed, and it will be realized in our Group between 2018 and 2021.

More detailed information may be found here: Projects.

Congratulations!

 

October 2017

For the inauguration of the 2017/2018 academic year, prof. Grzegorz Sulka was honored with the Jagiellonian Universitie's Rector Award for the exceptional research achievements. He also received a Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń Rector's award for research achievements.

Congratulations!

 

September 2017

We have finally finished relocation to the new building of Faculty of Chemistry. The new address is Cracow, Gronostajowa 2 (the Campus of the 600th Anniversary of the JU Revival).

What is more, our very first article with new affiliation has just been published!

 

August 31st, 2017

One of our PhD student, Joanna Grudzień, won an award for the poster presentation at the 19th International Conference-School Advanced Materials and Technologies in Palanga (Lithuania).

Congratulations!

 

July 31st, 2017

From January till July 2017, our PhD student Karolina Syrek, was on a six-month long internship form the ETIUDA 4 programme (financed from the National Science Center). She spent that time in a group of prof. Joaquin Rodriguez-Lopez (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). During her stay in the United States, Karolina was examining nanostructured oxide electrodes by using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and scanning electrochemical spectroscopy (SECM).

 

June 20th, 2017

Anna Brudzisz and Krystyna Mika - our PhD students received awards for the poster presentations during “NanoMat” - Doctoral Symposium on Nanotechnology that was held in Lodz (Poland), June 19th - 20th.

Congratulations!

 

May 19th, 2017

Professor Lifeng Liu from the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) in Braga, Portugal, was our guest. He gave a lecture entitled Nanomaterials for Energy Storage, Conversion and Sensing as a part of Marian Smoluchowski Seminary.

 

May 15th, 2017

National Science Centre announced the results of the OPUS 12 and PRELUDIUM 12 proposals. Among projects qualified for financing, there were two from our Group:

OPUS 12 - Nanostructured anodic TiO2 and WO3 modified/doped with transition metal oxides as photoanodes for electrocatalytic and sensing applications coordinated by Grzegorz Sulka will be conducted in the years 2017-2020.

PRELUDIUM 12 - Modified anodic tin oxide layers with complex internal architecture as promising photoanodes for photoelectrochemical water splitting coordinated by Karolina Gawlak will be realized in the years 2017-2020.

Congratulations!