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Prof. Ciach Alina

Ph.D., D.Sc.

Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences
Kasprzaka 44/52, 01-224 Warsaw, Poland 


Research area: Statistical mechanics of fluids and complex systems
in particular: self-assembling systems, ionic fluids, effects of boundaries and
confinement on structure and thermodynamical properties of simple and complex fluids.


My research is focused on formation of nonuniform distribution of molecules on
the mesoscopic length scale. I'm interested in ordering that is either induced externally
(e.g. by walls of containers) or occurs spontaneously. Spontaneous short-range order
is associated with self-assembly into clusters, living polymers, micelles, mono- or bilayers,
and long-range order occurs in lyotropic liquid crystalline phases, when the above objects are
arranged into a certain pattern within a unit cell that is periodically repeated in space. Such kind
of order on the mesoscopic length scale occurs in soft-matter and living systems. There is striking
similarity between many properties, including sequence of stable ordered phases, in systems with
quite different microscopic details. On the other hand, in such systems the number of metastable
states is very large, probability of exciting such states is nonnegligible, and this leads to reach
variety of soft- and living matter. I'm mainly interested in universal features and their origin.
In order to understand origin of structure formation in a class of systems I construct generic models
by reduction of irrelevant degrees of freedom. I try to express all the phenomenological parameters
in terms of interaction potentials and thermodynamic variables, so that the models have genuine predicting
power. I study structure and phase equilibria in the model systems within statistical mechanics,
mainly by using analytical methods within different approximation schemes, and also by numerical methods.


Current Funding
● National Science Center grant OPUS 2015/19/B/ST3/03122
Termodynamika statystyczna płynów z niejednorodnościami w skali mezoskopowej
(Statistical thermodynamics of fluids with mesoscopic inhomogeneities)
Coordinator A. Ciach 2016-2019
● 734276 — CONIN — H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016/H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016
Effects of confinement on inhomogeneous systems
Coordinator A. Ciach 2017-2020


Previous Funding
● “Surfactant-containing solutions” grant No 2P30302007, State Committee for Scientific Research, Principal
investigator; completed 1997
● “Structure on the nanoscale in magnetics, alloys, fluids and biological membranes” grant No T09A07316, State
Committee for Scientific Research, Principal investigator; completed 2002,
● “Effect of geometry and topology of confining surfaces on structure and phase transitions in simple and complex
fluids”, grant No 4T09A06622, State Committee for Scientific Research, Co-investigator; completed 2005
● “ Effect of self-assembly on phase equilibria in complex systems”, grant No 1 P03B03326, State Committee for
Scientific Research, Principal investigator; completed 2007
● Structure of nanomaterials from the first-principles theory, grant No N N202 006034 State Committee for Scientific
Research, Principal investigator; completed 2010
● Mesoscopic theory of nanomaterials inspired by biological systems, grant No N N204 24240534, State Committee
for Scientific Research, Co-investigator; completed 2010
● Selfassembly in amphiphilic and colloidal systems, National Science Centre , grant No 2012/05/B/ST3/03302,
Coinvestigator, completed 2016
● International PhD Studies at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Fundamental research with applications in bio- and
nanotechnology and information processing, Founation for Polish Science, MPD/2009/1 coordinator, completed 2014.


Current Collaboration
● prof.Enrique Lomba Institute of Physical Chemistry Rocasolano of the Consejo
Superior de Investigationes Cientificas (CSIS) in Madrid, (COFUND, CONIN)
● Prof. Ihor. Mryglod and Dr. Oksana Patsahan Institute for Condensed Matter
Physics of the Ukraninian National Academy of Sciences, Lviv, Ukraine,
● Prof. Guillermo Zarragoicoechea UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE LA PLATA
● Dr. Piotr Kowalczyk, School of Engineering and Information Technology,
Murdoch University, Murdoch, Australia.


Previous collaboration
● University in Essen, Germany, prof. Hans W. Diehl (AvHumboldt fellowship)
● State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA, prof. George Stell
● Bristol University, Great Britain, prof. Robert Evans ( colalboration between
Polish and Academy of Sciences and Royal Society)
● Laboratoire de Physique Th´eorique de la Mati´ere Condens´ee, Unievrsity
P. and M.Curie, Paris, Dr. Aurelien Perera (POLONIUM)
● Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems,Stuttgart, Germany, prof.
Siegfried Dietrich, Dr. Anna Maciołek (MPD)
● Institute of Physical Chemistry Rocasolano of the Consejo Superior de
Investigationes Cientificas in Madrid, Dr. Noe Almarza (scientific
colalboration between Polish Academy of Sciences and CSIS, MPD)
● School of Engineering and Information Technology, Murdoch University,
Murdoch, Australia, Dr. Piotr Kowalczyk


Open positions
● PhD scholarship NaMes COFUND project 16
Effects of confinement on ionic liquids
● Postdoctoral position, OPUS project (Statistical
thermodynamics of fluids with mesoscopic


Lista publikacji
1. A.Ciach The e ect of a constant number of particles on the pair corre-
lation function and the density pro le in a one-dimensional lattice gas.
J.Stat.Phys. 40, 593-606 (1985)
2. A.Ciach Correlation functions in the solid-on-solid model of the 
ating interface Phys.Rev.B 34, 1932-1936 (1986)
3. J.Stecki, A.Ciach and J.Dudowicz Intrinsic properties of the two- point
functions of the solid-on-solid interface. Phys.Rev.Lett. 56, 1482-1484
4. A.Ciach, J.Dudowicz and J.Stecki Intrfacial tension, the Triezenberg-
Zwanzig-Yvon equation and the intrinsic structure of an interface.
Physica 145A, 327 (1987)
5. A.Ciach and J.Stecki Scaling in the solid-on-solid interface. J.Phys.A
20, 5619-5625 (1987)
6. A.Ciach Slow decay of the direct correlation function in the three -
dimensional capillary wave model of the interface. Phys.Rev.A 36,
3990-3996 (1987)
7. A.Ciach, J.Hye and G.Stell Microscopic model for microemulsion.
J.Phys.A 21, L777-L782 (1988)
8. A.Ciach, J.Hye and G.Stell Microscopic model for microemulsion.I
Ground state properties. J.Chem.Phys. 90 1214-1221(1989)
9. A.Ciach and J.Hye Microscopic model for microemulsion. Behavior
at low temperatures and critical point. J.Chem.Phys. 90 1222-1228
10. A.Ciach Phase diagram in a lattice model of surfactant solutions.
J.Chem.Phys. 93, 5322-5326 (1990)
11. A.Ciach and H.W.Diehl Cubic surface elds and the eld theory of
critical adsorption. Europhys. Lett. 12, 635-640 (1990)
12. H.W.Diehl and A.Ciach Surface critical behavior in the presence of
linear or cubic weak surface elds. Phys.Rev.B 44, 6642-6662 (1991)
13. A.Ciach, J.S.Hye and G.Stell Bicontinuous phase in a lattice model
for surfactant mixtures. J.Chem.Phys. 95, 5300-5304 (1991)
14. A.Ciach Phase diagram and structure of the bicontinuous phase in a
three-dimensional lattice model for oil - water - surfactant mixtures.
J.Chem.Phys. 96, 1399-1408 (1992)
15. A.Ciach Statistical mechanics of ternary surfactant mixtures including
microemulsions. (review) Pol. J.Chem. 66, 1347-1387 (1992)
16. A.Ciach and A.Poniewierski Local structure of microemulsion.
J.Chem.Phys. 100, 8315-8319 (1994)
17. A.Ciach and A.Poniewierski Description of the geometrical and topolog-
ical structure in amphiphilic systems. Phys.Rev E 52, 596-601 (1995)
18. A.Ciach Bifurcation analysis and liquid-crystal phases in Landau - Ginz-
burg model of microemulsion. J.Chem.Phys. 104, 2376-2384 (1996)
19. A.Ciach and U.Ritschel Critical adsorption in systems with weak sur-
face eld: The renormalization-group approach. Nucl. Phys.B 489
[FS], 653-678 (1997)
20. A.Ciach Four - point correlation functions and average gaussian cur-
vature in microemulsion. Phys.Rev.E 56 , 1954 (1997)
21. A.Ciach, A.Macio lek and J.Stecki Critical Adsorption in the Undersatu-
rated Regime. Scaling and Exact Results in the Ising Strip J.Chem.Phys.
108, 5913 (1998)
22. A.Macio lek, A.Ciach and R.Evans Critical depletion of 
uids in pores:
competing bulk and surface elds. J.Chem.Phys. 108, 9765 (1998)
23. A.Drzewinski, A.Ciach and A.Macio lek Competing bulk and surface
elds in critical d = 2 Ising lms: e ects of 
uctuations Eur.Phys.J.B
5, 825-833 (1998).
24. A.Ciach and R.Ho lyst Periodic surfaces and cubic phases in mixtures
of oil, water and surfactant J.Chem.Phys. 110, 3207-3214 (1999)
25. A.Ciach, M.Tasinkevych and A.Macio lek Surface phenomena for lamel-
lar phases of microemulsions Europhys.Lett., 45, 495-500 (1999)
26. M.Tasinkevych and A.Ciach Ternary surfactant mixtures in semi-in nite
geometry J.Chem.Phys. 110, 7548-7555 (1999)
27. A.Macio lek, A.Ciach and A.Drzewinski Crossover between the ordinary
and normal transitions in 2d critical Ising lms Phys.Rev.E, 60, 2887
28. M.Tasinkevych and A.Ciach, Microemulsions and lamellar phases in
slits, Phys.Rev.E, 60, 7088 (1999)
29. A.Ciach and G.Stell, Novel phase separations in a lattice gas, with
both Coulombic and short-range interactions in \Steam, Water, and
Hydrothermal Systems: Physics and Chemistry Meeting the Needs of
Industry" Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on the prop-
erties of Water and Steam, Eds. P.R. Tremaine, P.G.Hill, D.E. Irish,
and P.V. Balakrishman, (NRC Press, Ottawa, 2000)
30. R.Ho lyst, A.Ciach and W.T.Gozdz, 'Ordering in microemulsions' in
\Computational methods in colloid and interface science', ed. Ma lgorzata
Borowko, publisher: Marcel Dekker, Inc. New York (2000)
31. A.Drzewinski, A.Macio lek and A.Ciach E ect of bulk magnetic eld on
critical Ising lms, Phys.Rev.E, 61, 5009 (2000)
32. R.Ho lyst and A.Ciach Oliwa i fale, Wiedza i Z_ ycie, 7, 36 (2000)
33. A.Ciach and G.Stell, Field-theoretic approach to ionic systems: criti-
cality and tricriticality, J. of Mol. Liquids 87, 255-273 (2000)
34. A.Ciach and G.Stell, Why the Ising and continuous-space models of
ionic systems exhibit essentially di erent critical behavior, J.Chem.
Phys. 114, 382 (2001)
35. A.Ciach and M.Tasinkevych, Self-assembling systems in restricted ge-
ometry, (review) Pol.J.Chem., 75, 1 (2001).
36. A.Ciach and G.Stell, E ect of competition between Coulomb and disper-
sion forces on phase transitions in ionic systems J.Chem.Phys., 114,
3617 (2001)
37. A.Macio lek and A.Ciach Solvation forces in near-critical 
uids. Ising
model results. Pol.J.Chem.,75, 481 (2001).
38. V.Babin, A.Ciach and M.Tasinkevych,114 Capillary condensation of
periodic phases in self-assembling systems J.Chem.Phys., 114, 9585
39. A.Ciach and W.T.Gozdz, Nonelectrolyte solutions exhibiting structure
on the nanoscale, Annu. Rep.Prog. Chem., Sect.C 97, 269 (2001)
40. V.Babin and A.Ciach, Double-diamond phase in amphiphilic systems
con ned between parallel selective walls, J.Chem. Phys., 115, 2786
41. A.Macio lek, A.Drzewinski and A.Ciach, Crossover between ordinary
and normal transitions in the presence of a bulk eld , Phys.Rev.E 64,
26123 (2001)
42. M.Tasinkevych and A.Ciach, Structural transformations in con ned
lamellar phases in oil-water-surfactant mixtures, J.Chem. Phys., 115,
8705 (2001)
43. A. Bakai, A. Ciach, A. Chalyi, R. Folk, Yu. Holovatch, M. Kozlovskii,
M. Schick, W. Schroer, G. Stell, I. Yukhnovskii
Materials of the round table \Phase transitions and critical phenomena:
past, present, and future", Cond.Matt.Phys. 4, 165 (2001)
44. A.Ciach, V.Babin and M.Tasinkevych, E ects of con nement on self-
assembling systems Colloid. Surf. A, 208, 51 (2002)
45. M.Tasinkevych, A.Ciach and M.M. Telo da Gama Lamellar phases con-
ned in quasi-cylindrical pores. Lattice model results. Phys.Rev.E, 65,
31707 (2002)
46. A.Ciach and G.Stell, Criticality and tricriticality in ionic systems Phys-
ica A, 306, 220 (2002) (invited lectures, IUPAP conference STATPHYS
47. A.Ciach, W.T. Gozdz and R.Evans, E ect of a nearby charge-ordered
phase on correlation functions in ionic systems J.Chem.Phys., 118,
3702 (2003)
48. A.Ciach and W.T.Gozdz, Samoorganizujace sie czasteczki. Od deter-
gentow do materia low przysz losci Fizyka w szkole, 5/2003
49. A. Ciach and G. Stell, E ect of space discretization on phase diagrams
in ionic systems; eld-theoretic approach Phys.Rev.Lett., 91, 060601
50. V.Babin and A.Ciach, Response of the bicontinuous cubic D phase in
amphiphilic systems to compression or expansion, J.Chem.Phys., 119,
6217 (2003)
51. A.Ciach Wetting and capillary condensation in self-assembling sys-
tems, Annales Universitatis Mariae Curie-Sk lodowska AA, LVIII,2 37
52. A.Ciach and V.Babin Landau functional for con ned amphiphilic sys-
tems J.Mol.Liq., 112, 37, (2004)
53. A.Ciach and G.Stell, Criticality, tricriticality, and crystallization in
discretized models of electrolytes, Phys. Rev. E, 70,016114 (2004)
54. A.Ciach E ect of charge-density 
uctuations on the order-disorder tran-
sition in the lattice restricted primitive models of electrolytes, Phys.
Rev. E, 70, 046103 (2004)
55. A.Ciach Mechanical, structural and thermodynamic properties of con-
ned self-assembling systems Progr. Colloid Polym. Sci.129, 40 (2004)
56. Z.Usatenko and A.Ciach Critical adsorption of polymers in medium
with long-range correlated quenched disorder, Phys. Rev. E, 70, 051801
57. R. Ho lyst, A. Poniewierski i A.Ciach, Termodynamika dla zykow,chemikow
i in_zynierow, Wydawinctwo Uniwersytetu Kardyna la Stefana Wyszynskiego,
Warszawa, 2005
58. A. Ciach and G. Stell Mesoscopic eld theory of ionic systems, Int. J.
Mod. Phys. B 19 3309 (2005)
59. M. Tasinkevych and A. Ciach Swollen lamellar phases con ned in cap-
illarylike pores, Phys. Rev. E 72, 061704 (2005)
60. A. Ciach, W.T. Gozdz and G. Stell, Mesoscopic theory for size- and
charge-asymmetric ionic systems: I. The case of extreme asymmetry,
J. Phys. Condens. Mat. 18, 1629 (2006)
61. A. Ciach, Universality class of the critical point in the restricted prim-
itive model of ionic systems, Phys.Rev.E 73, 066110 (2006)
62. A. Ciach and O. Patsahan, Field-theoretic description of ionic crys-
tallization in the restricted primitive model, Phys.Rev.E, 74, 021508
63. O. Patsahan and A. Ciach, Correlation functions in ionic liquid at co-
existence with ionic crystal. Results of the Brazovskii-type eld theory,
J. Phys.: Condens. Mat., 19, 236203 (2007)
64. A. Ciach, W.T. Gozdz and G. Stell, Field theory for size- and charge
asymmetric primitive model of ionic systems. Mean- eld stability anal-
ysis and pretransitional e ects, Phys.Rev.E,75, 051505 (2007)
65. A. Ciach Phase transitions in con ned lamellar phases Bulletin of the
Polish Academy of Sciences: Technical Sciences, 55, 179 (2007)
66. P. Kowalczyk, A. Ciach, A. Neimark, Adsorption-induced deformation
of microporous carbons: pore size distribution e ect Langmuir, 24, 6603
67. A. Ciach, W.T. Gozdz and A. Perera, Simple three-state lattice model
for liquid water, Phys.Rev.E,78, 021203 (2008)
68. A. Ciach, Universal sequence of ordered structures obtained from meso-
scopic description of self-assembly, Phys.Rev.E,78, 061505 (2008)
69. A. Ciach and A. Perera, A simple lattice model for the microstructure
of neat alcohols: Application to liquid methanol J.Chem. Phys. 131,
044505 (2009)
70. P. Kowalczyk, P. A. Gauden and A. Ciach Role of short-range direc-
tional interactions in coarse-graining of protic/aprotic liquids J. Phys.
Chem. B 113, 12988 (2009)
71. A. Ciach Mesoscopic theory for soft-matter systems AIP Conf. Proc.
1198 13 (2009)
72. A. Ciach and A. Macio lek Distribution of ions near a charged selective
surface in critical binary solvents Phys.Rev.E, 81 041127 (2010)
73. A. Ciach and W.T. Gozdz Mesoscopic description of network-forming
clusters of weakly charged colloids, Condensed Matter Physics 13,
23603 (2010) (I.Mryglod Festschrift)
74. A. Ciach "Mesoscopic theory for inhomogeneous mixtures\ (invited
article, R. Evans special issue), Mol. Phys.109, 1101 (2011)
75. A. Ciach "Simple lattice models for complex systems\, J. Mol. Liquids
164, 74-86 (2011)
76. P. Kowalczyk, P. A. Gauden and A. Ciach, "Optimization of Coarse-
Grained Interaction Potential: Inside Inherent Limitations of Coarse-
Graining Methods\, J. Phys. Chem. B 115, 6985 (2011)
77. P. Kowalczyk, A. Ciach, P. A. Gauden and A. P. Terzyk, "Equilibrium
Clusters in Concentrated Lysozyme Protein Solutions\ I. J. Colloid and
Interf. Sci.363, 579 (2011)
78. F. Pousaneh and A. Ciach, "The origin of the attraction between like
charged hydrophobic and hydrophilic walls con ning a near-critical bi-
nary aqueous mixture with ions\, J. Phys. Cond. Matter 23, 412101
79. A. Ciach and M. Tasinkevych "Dislocations in lamellar phases con ned
in wedges\ Mol. Phys. 109, 2907 (2011) (invited article, L. Reatto
80. A. Ciach and O. Patsahan "E ect of mesoscopic 
uctuations on equa-
tion of state in cluster-forming systems\ Condensed Matter Physics (O.
Pizio special issue) 15, 23604 (2012)
81. F. Pousaneh A. Ciach and A. Maciolek, E ect of ions on con ned near-
critical binary aqueous mixture Soft Matter, 8, 3567 (2012)
82. W. T. Gozdz, N. Bobrovska, and A. Ciach, "Separation of components
in lipid membranes induced by shape transformation\, J. Chem. Phys.
137, 015101 (2012)
83. O. Patsahan and A. Ciach, "Spatial inhomogeneities in ionic liquids,
charged proteins and charge stabilized colloids from collective variables
theory\, Phys.Rev.E, 86, 031504 (2012)
84. A. Ciach Tajemnicze siy w nanoskaliAcademia (Magazyn Polskiej Akademii
Nauk)No 1(29), 31 (2012) ("Mysterious nanoscale Forces\, Academia
(The magazine of the Polish Academy of Sciences) No 1(33), 31 (2012))
85. J. Pekalski, A. Ciach and N. G. Almarza "Periodic ordering of clusters
in a one-dimensional lattice model\, J. Chem. Phys. 138, 144903
86. A. Ciach, J. Pekalski and W. T. Gozdz, "Origin of similarity of phase
diagrams in amphiphilic and colloidal systems with competing interac-
tions\ Soft Matter 9, 6301 (2013)
87. F. Pousaneh A. Ciach and A. Maciolek, "How ions in solution can
change the sign of the critical Casimir potential\ Soft Matter 10, 470
- 483 (2014)
88. J. Pekalski, A. Ciach and N. G. Almarza, "Periodic ordering of clusters
and stripes in a two-dimensional lattice model. I. Ground state, MF
phase diagram and structure of the disordered phase" J.Chem. Phys.
140, 114701 (2014)
89. N. G. Almarza, J. Pekalski and A. Ciach, "Periodic ordering of clusters
and stripes in a two-dimensional lattice model. II. Results of Monte
Carlo simulation" J.Chem. Phys. 140, 164708 (2014)
90. F. Pousaneh and A. Ciach, "The e ect of antagonistic salt on a con ned
near-critical mixture", Soft Matter 10 (41), 8188-8201 (2014)
91. J. Pekalski, P. Rogowski and A. Ciach, "Self-assembly of lipids in water.
Exact results from a one-dimensional lattice model" Mol. Phys. 113,
1022 (2015)
92. J. Pekalski, A. Ciach and N. G. Almarza, " Bistability in a self-assembling
system con ned by elastic walls. Exact results in a one-dimensional lat-
tice model" J.Chem. Phys. 142 014903 (2015)
93. P. Kowalczyk, A.Ciach, A. Terzyk, P. Gauden and S. Furmaniak, "Ef-
fects of Critical Fluctuations on Adsorption-Induced Deformation of
Microporous Carbons", J. Phys. Chem. C 119 (11), 6111 (2015)
94. J. Pekalski, N. G. Almarza and A. Ciach, E ects of rigid or adaptive
con nement on colloidal self-assembly. Fixed vs. 
uctuating number
of con ned particles J.Chem. Phys. 142, 204904 (2015)
95. A.Ciach and W. T. Gozdz, Density functional theory for systems with
mesoscopic inhomogeneities, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 28 244004
96. A.Ciach and W. T. Gozdz Self-consistent theory for systems with meso-
uctuations, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 28, 414010 (2016)
97. N. G. Almarza, J. Pekalski and A. Ciach, E ects of con nement on
pattern formation in two dimensional systems with competing interac-
tions, Soft Matter 12, 7551-7563 (2016)
98. W. T. Gozdz and A.Ciach, Critical point calculation for binary mix-
tures of symmetric non-additive hard disks, Condensed Matter Physics
19(1), 13002:1-8 (2016)
99. A.Ciach, C. Hall, G. Kahl and E. Lomba, George Stell (19332014), J.
Phys.: Condens. Matter 28(41),410401 (2016)
100. A.Ciach, C. Hall, G. Kahl and E. Lomba, "Fifty years of liquid state
physics", J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 28(41), 410301 (2016)
101. A.Ciach, "Competition Between Electrostatic and Thermodynamic Casimir
Potentials in Near-Critical Mixtures with Ions", Advances in Biomem-
branes and Lipid Self-Assembly, 23, 61 (2016)