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ZT 10 - Soft Condensed Matter (R. Holyst)

We are different, but we all do great Science; and we have a lot of fun doing it!
We are different, but we all do great Science; and we have a lot of fun doing it!
We are different, but we all do great Science; and we have a lot of fun doing it!
We are different, but we all do great Science; and we have a lot of fun doing it!
We are different, but we all do great Science; and we have a lot of fun doing it!
We are different, but we all do great Science; and we have a lot of fun doing it!
We are different, but we all do great Science; and we have a lot of fun doing it!
We are different, but we all do great Science; and we have a lot of fun doing it!

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Our group is eclectic, since we mix biology, chemistry and theoretical physics. Motivation to do good science is the main criterion to stay in the group. We support each other having a motto: “one for all and all for one”. We believe that publications are important to get grants, but the money from grants should bring solid scientific results and deep ideas, which will last forever and even in million years they will still be valid.

 

Our research aims at understanding processes. Every new experiment is supposed to bring us closer to general principles governing them. Principles, that we look for are analogous to maximum entropy principle for equilibrium states.

 

There is a number of problems that puzzles us. How do systems self-assembly far from equilibrium? How do they distribute energy? Are some pathways between non-equilibrium states preferable? What is the variational principle for out of equilibrium states similar to the maximum entropy principle for equilibrium ones? Is there a hidden mechanism that allows for big and fast non-lethal changes of the genome of bacteria? What is the signature of cell death at the nanoscale? How do bacteria grow old? You can learn a lot from us and have a lot of fun. Since without fun science would be crippled. You can grow bacteria or mammalian cells, do computer simulations to study evaporation, analyze the motion and interactions of proteins in living cells, induce fast evolution of bacteria or prepare a reproducible SERS substrate. You can play with electric field to catch analyte; use the Taylor dispersion analysis to determine the equilibrium constant or compute and determine experimentally the time needed by transcription factor to find a target.

 


All News

10.2017

New PhD student joined our group! Patrycja Kuźma graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznań; Faculty of Chemistry. She gained her Msc Degree in Biological Chemistry in 2017. During Bachelor study she participated in academic internship at Humboldt Universitat in Berlin in prof. Erhard Kemnitz Research Group. In July 2017, she received the award for the best student of the Department of Chemistry at Adam Mickiewicz University granted by Santander UNIVERSIDADES and Rector of AMU. Her main scientific interests are complex ion reactions in biochemical systems and nanotechnology. Welcome Patrycja and we wish you luck!

10.2017

Robert Hołyst and Krzysztof Bielec visited Wrocław University of Technology. During that visit Krzysztof Bielec had presentation concerning method Time of Search (ToS) for Professor Aleksander Weron's group.

10.2017

A paper by Jan Paczesny, Kinga Matuła and Robert Hołyst on thin films of zinc oxide nanocrystallites has been awarded the prize for best paper published in our Institute in 2016. Congratulatios!

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsami.6b03579

10.2017

Throughout last week we hosted in our group prof. Carlos Drummond from Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, University of Bordeaux. Prof. Drummond gave talk entitled “From fire ants to graphene: some considerations on water-hydrophobic interfaces”.

09.2017

Kinga Matuła and Łukasz Richter took part in the preparation of the scientific video where Marianna Kozłowska talked about ‘Shades of carbon’. This is a part of ADAMED SmartUP project that promotes science. We encourage you to see the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBFqp2TKAeM

09.2017

We are very proud to present our first publication about in vivo FCS in living cells! This work, based on in vivo and in vitro measurements, as well as in silico simulations, provides a consistent analysis of diffusion of polydisperse nanoparticles in cytoplasm of living cells. He encourage you to read it here:

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b07158

09.2017

Kinga Matuła gave a talk during Fall Meeting 2017 Conference organized by European Material Research Society in Warsaw. She spoke about E.coli bacteria under mechanical stress in 'Engineering surfaces to control and elucidate cellular response' session.

08.2017

Kinga Matula and Lukasz Richter are among winners of prestigious "Mobility of Young Researchers of IPC PAS" competition. They will become visiting scholars for around a month in 2018 in Professor Wilhelm Huck group in Holland and Professor Francesco Stellacci group in Switzerland, respectively.

08.2017

STED-FCS allows to look at motion, concentration, and reactions of single molecules in an extremely small and well localized spot. This makes it a great tool for biological and biophysical studies in cells. Although it works perfectly fine in 2D (so, for example, in membranes), it reveals surprising and severe issues in the 3D case -- which is why it has not been broadly applied to cell cytoplasm or any other bulk systems. Until now. In our new paper, we combine experiments with theory to explain the apparent inconsistencies of STED-FCS in 3D, provide experimental guidelines for such studies and determine the limitations of the method. The project was developed in collaboration with PicoQuant and its results have just been published in Optica; you can check it out here:

https://doi.org/10.1364/OPTICA.4.000982

07.2017

Łukasz Fura defended his master thesis (5!) on infulence of electromagnetic field on viability of bacteria. He became MSc Eng. Congrats! He was wroking under supervision of Dr Monika Petelczyc (Warsaw University of Technology), Kinga Matuła and Prof. Robert Hołyst (IPC PAS).

07.2017

Kinga Matuła, Krzysztof Sozański, Airit Agasty and Robert Hołyst attended 5th Conference on Nano- and Micromechanics organized in Wrocław (04-06.07.2017). Kinga Matuła gave a talk about mechanoevolution of bacteria under nanomechanical stress.

Krzysztof Sozański was invited speaker and he was talking about "How to Break a Molecular Motor: A Study of Kinesin Motion in Crowded Environment". Dr. Sozański got a price for the best talk competition results! Congrats Krzyś!

07.2017

The new member just joined our team! Grzegorz Bubak will be Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in our group. He graduated in Industrial Biotechnology (2012), from the Faculty of Chemistry of the Warsaw University of Technology (Poland). He received his PhD in Robotics, Cognition and Interaction Technologies in Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa. From June 2016 he was a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at the Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw. Welcome Grzesiek and good luck!

06.2017

The best paper on viscosity of polymer solutions ever published!! Our last publication in Macromolecules not only gives a proper equation for viscosity of mixtures at the macroscale, but also at the nanoscale. It allows to predict diffusion rates of nanoscaled probes in polymer solution mixtures and can be adapted to various multilength-scale complex systems.

You can read more here:

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.macromol.7b00545

06.2017

Karina Kwapiszewska and Krzysztof Szczepański visited Taipei (Taiwan) to attend conference Single-Cell Biophysics: Measurement, Modulation, and Modeling. There they presented posters "In situ Quantitative Analysis of Protein Oligomerization in Living Cells" and "Cell Cycle-Dependent Fluctuations of Protein Mobility in Cytoplasm of HeLa Cell".

06.2017

Our four PhD students: Agnieszka Wiśniewska, Kinga Matuła, Xuzhu Zhang and Łukasz Richter are among winners of prestigious competition “Young researchers Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS”. Congrats to all of them!

06.2017

On the 12th and 13th of June we have hosted Robert Evans, the distinguished Professor and the Royal Society Fellow from the University of Bristol in UK. He gave a talk entitled "Physicist's View of Hydrophobicity: Drying and the role of density fluctuations".

05.2017

Yet another paper from our group has recently appeared. This time we described method to create densely packed layers of properly ordered phages for bacteria detection. You can find it here:

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsami.7b03497

Richter, Ł.; Bielec, K.; Leśniewski, A.; Łoś, M.; Paczesny, J.; Hołyst, R. “Dense layer of bacteriophages ordered in alternating electric field and immobilized by surface chemical modification as sensing element for bacteria detection”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2017

05.2017

Łukasz Richter gave invited talk in Science Club of Biotechnologists “Herbion” at Faculty of Chemistry Warsaw University of Technology. He was talking about his scientific interests and topics, whether it is worth to start PhD studies and what are pros and cons of such career path.

05.2017

Xuzhu Zhang attended conference (Biomolecules and Nanostructures 6) in Podlesice near Kroczyce in the Krakow-Czestochowa Upland (Polish Jura). Key topics of the conference covered current subjects on the crossroads of molecular biology, physics and chemistry, including biomolecules, nanostructures, nanomachines, biosensors. In this conference Xuzhu presented a poster entitled "Tracking Structural Transitions of Bovine Serum Albumin in Surfactant Solutions by Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy and Fluorescence Lifetime Analysis".

05.2017

Łukasz Richter attended 5th International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology (BITE2017) organized in Riva del Garda (Italy). He presented poster about phage-based bioconjugates for fast bacteria detection.

05.2017

New paper from our group was published. Taylor Dispersion Analysis (TDA) is a fast and easy to use method for the study of denaturation proteins as we have shown in our latest publication in PLOS ONE. You can read it here:

https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0175838

Jelińska A, Zagożdżon A, Górecki M, Wisniewska A, Frelek J, Holyst R (2017) Denaturation of proteins by surfactants studied by the Taylor dispersion analysis. PLoS ONE 12(4): e0175838

05.2017

Karina Kwapiszewska and Krzysztof Szczepański visited Univerity of Edinburgh's School of Physics and Astronomy. During their stay they collaborated with dr Vincent Martinez and dr Jochen Arlt. There they aimed to observe and measure movements of content of human cell cytoplasm using novel technique - differential diffusive microscopy. The visit was co-founded by European Soft Matter Infrastructure and ERA Chair - CREATE grant.

04.2017

Kinga Matuła and Łukasz Richter are two from the group of seven brilliant scientists from the IPC PAS that are involved in realization of workshops and lectures withinin grant “University of young researcher”. They expanded kids knowledge about bacteria and viruses during presentations. Students will test "natural antibiotics" during session with Kinga and will make plaques of bacteriophages together with Łukasz.

04.2017

Kinga Matuła completed a second edition of "Master and student - Nanoworld" program (11.03-08.04.17) for children as part of Children's University. Krzysztof Bielec was helping Kinga during each session and together with Łukasz Richter were experts who evaluated student's projects during last formal meeting with parents. Children designed new antibacterial materials based on gold nanoparticles with application in medicine and cosmetics.

04.2017

We are very happy to welcome new PhD student in our group! Ying Zhou will start her PhD studies under the supervision of Professor Robert Holyst. She graduated from the Department of Clinical Laboratory Medicine, Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (T.C.M) in 2013, then received her Master degree in Medicine from Dalian Medical University in 2016. Good luck!

04.2017

New PhD student joined our team! Airit Agasty is from the city of Durgapur (about 160 kms from Kalkutta) in eastern India. He has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University of Kalkutta, India which he completed in 2012, and he has a Master's degree in Rubber Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur which he finished in 2016. His entire Master's final year research and thesis work were performed at the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research in Dresden, Germany on a DAAD scholarship.

03.2017

Robert Holyst delivered a lecture for student from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. He talked about motion in liquids. His lecture started with the famous Richard Feynmann sentence: If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence passed on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words? I believe it is the atomic hypothesis that all things are made of atoms — little particles that move around in perpetual motion, attracting each other when they are a little distance apart, but repelling upon being squeezed into one another.

03.2017

Sen Hou and Robert Holyst visited State Key Laboratory of Medicinal Chemical Biology​ of Nankai University. The latter is in top 10 among circa 2400 colleges and Universities in China. This official visit resulted in formal agreement between Chinese scientific unit and our Institute. Our informal collaboration started in 2009 with the arrival of dr Sen Hou to our group. We have already published more than 10 papers with researchers from Nankai University and obtained two grants from China.

02.2017

Our recently published article was featured on the front cover of Bioconjugate Chemistry (February 15, 2017, Volume 28, Issue 2)!

You can read more:

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.6b00596

02.2017

Robert Holyst has just won a prestigious contest of National Science Center and got a Maestro grant (2.4 MPLN) entitled "New method for determination of equilibrium constant for complex formation, concentrations and diffusion coefficients in solutions and living cells at nanomolar down to picomolar concentration of reagents". Three PhD positions, 2 MSc positions and 1 postodc positions are available in our group. Only 8 such grants were awarded in all basic and technical sciences in Poland in this contest.

02.2017

Tomasz Kalwarczyk is taking his internship in the lab of Prof. Mireille Claessens at University of Twente (Netherlands; 05.02.2017-04.03.2017). He is interested in interactions between Parkinson's related protein alpha-Synuclein and the capsid proteins of plant virus.

02.2017

Łukasz Richter just started his two-month internship in group of Professor Carlos Drummond in Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (Bordeaux, France). He will be working on the behaviour of ions in high frequency electric fields using technique called surface forces apparatus (SFA).

01.2017

Yet another press release on the research preformed in our group. Bacteriophage-based bioconjugates are the thing now!

in English:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/iopc-hcr012517.php

in Polish:

http://naukawpolsce.pap.pl/aktualnosci/news,412863,sposob-na-szybka-identyfikacje-bakterii-w-infekcjach.html

01.2017

Katarzyna Kryszczuk took part in Narodowy Kongres Nauki on 26-27th of January 2017. The subject of the conference was "Paths of academic career and the development of young scientists." Discussion during the conference particularly focused on PhD studies and increasing of their level.

01.2017

One theoretical paper "Analytical form of the autocorrelation function for the fluorescence correlation spectroscopy" by Robert Hołyst , Andrzej Poniewierski and Xuzhu Zhang has just published in the journal of Soft Matter. In this paper we derived a novel formula for FCS autocorrelation function to study diffusion and binding-unbinding interaction of dye molecules with non-fluorescent particles.

Article available here.

01.2017

During The Annual Microsymposium in the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS Marta Janczuk-Richter and Łukasz Richter presented the poster about our recent publication. The poster was awarded by committee as one of four best posters during symposium.

Bacteriophage-based bioconjugates as a flow cytometry probe for fast bacteria detection

Janczuk, M.;† Richter, Ł.;† Hoser, G.; Kawiak, J.; Łoś, M.; Niedziółka-Jönsson, J.; Paczesny, J.*; Hołyst, R.*

01.2017

Kinga Matula gave a talk on influence of nanomechanical stress on viability of cells during The Annual Microsymposium in the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS (Main Auditorium, 10th of January 2017, 2.20 PM). Only few Researchers were asked to give oral presentation (eleven talks in 2017). Majority of projects conducted in IPC PAS was presented in form of posters (92 posters).

12.2016

A paper on motion of a model motor protein in crowded environment has been awarded the prize for best paper pubished in our Institute in 2015. You can find this effect of collaboration of our group with a team of prof. Diez from TU Dresden at

https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.218102

Small crowders slow down kinesin-1 stepping by hindering motor domain diffusion Sozański, K.; Ruhnow, F.; Wiśniewska, A.; Tabaka, M.; Diez, S.; Hołyst, R. Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 2015

12.2016

New publication of Lili Sun was accepted for publication by Scientific Reports as result of collaboration with the scientists of Nankai University and TEDA Hospital in TianJin, China.

http://www.nature.com/articles/srep38973

Title: "Antibacterial and anticancer PDMS surface for mammalian cell growth using the Chinese herb extract paeonol(4-methoxy-2- hydroxyacetophenone)" Authors: Jiajia Jiao,# Lili Sun,# Zaiyu Guo,# (equal contribution) Sen Hou, Robert Holyst, Yun Lu, Xizeng Feng.

12.2016

Throughout the last week of November we hosted in our group four gifted high-school students. As a part of the Institute's collaboration with the Polish Children's Fund, we provided the promising youth with a glimpse of how actual work in scientific laboratories looks like. Who knows: maybe this could be a start of some brilliant scientific career?

12.2016

During 10th International Warsaw Invention Show invention of Łukasz Richter, Jan Paczesny, Monika Księżopolska-Gocalska and Robert Hołyst was awarded with platinum medal.

Method for deposition of analyte from solution onto the substrate for surface enhanced spectroscopy in the electric field Richter, Ł.; Paczesny, J,; Księżopolska-Gocalska, M.; Hołyst, R. P.412548, 02.06.2015

http://iwis.polskiewynalazki.pl/#home

12.2016

Katarzyna Kryszczuk has been chosen to the Management Board of National Representation of PhD students (KRD) on 3rd of December 2016 on the XVII National Congress of PhD students and XIII Ordinary Congress of Delegates. KRD is a statutory representative body of all PhD students in Poland. Congrats Kasia!

Fot. Marek Żołądek

12.2016

New paper of Łukasz Richter and Jan Paczesny was accepted for publication as a result of collaboration with Marta Janczuk-Richter, Professor Kawiak and Dr Hoser, Professor Łoś and Professor Niedziółka-Jönsson. Congratulations!

Bacteriophage-based bioconjugates as a flow cytometry probe for fast bacteria detection Janczuk, M.;† Richter, Ł.;† Hoser, G.; Kawiak, J.; Łoś, M.; Niedziółka-Jönsson, J.; Paczesny, J.*; Hołyst, R.* Bioconjugate Chemistry IF=4.5

11.2016

Katarzyna Kryszczuk has been chosen for vice-chairwoman of PhD Council Polish Academy of Science (RSD PAN) on 25th of November 2016 on the Annual Meeting of the PhD students of Polish Academy of Science. RSD PAN represents all PhD students in Polish Academy of Science

Fot. Krzysztof Kupiec

11.2016

Kinga Matuła started a program of courses "Master and student" (26.11.16-14.01.17) for children as part of Children's University project which popularizes science. During the series of meetings she is talking about: work in microbiological laboratory, bacteria, virsues, nanoparticles. Student in age around 11 perform several experiments and as a final result they design new materials based on nanoparticles that possess unique antibacterial activity.

http://uniwersytetdzieci.pl/wykladowca/2105

11.2016

Łukasz Richter and Kinga Matuła gave interviews for discussion portal Otokoclub . Łukasz raised a subject of viruses and bacteriophages, whereas Kinga discussed the issue of antibiotic resistance and antibacterial usage of nanoparticles.

http://otokoclub.pl/video_,108,wywiad-z-kinga-matula-o-bakteriach-i-antybiotykach.html

http://otokoclub.pl/video_,104,wywiad-z-lukaszem-richterem-o-wirusach-i-bakteriofagach.html

11.2016

Kinga Matuła worked in group of Professor Wilhelm Huck in Nijemgen (Holland) on Radbound University within one-month internship (17.10-18.11.16). She was working on method of detection of circulating tumor cells in droplet-based microfluidics.

11.2016

New PhD students joined our team! We are happy to announce that Yirui Zhang and Krzysztof Bielec officially started PhD studies. Good luck!

10.2016

A new member joined our soft matter group! Dr. Katarzyna Wybrańska is a physical chemist who is focused on nanotechnology. She creates new nanomaterials and analyzes their aplicability. We keep our finger crossed for commercialization of her antibacterial nanocoatings!

10.2016

Kinga Matula together with Artur Ruszczak and Michal Horka (professor Garstecki group) were awarded title Tutor of The Year 2015/2016 by children participating in Children's University. Congrats!

09.2016

New paper of Jan Paczesny was accepted for publication as a result of collaboration with Marcin Runowski, MSc, Tomasz Grzyb, PhD, and Professor Stefan Lis (UAM, Poznan, Poland).

Title: "Preparation of Biocompatible, Luminescent-Plasmonic Core/shell Nanomaterials Based on Lanthanide and Gold Nanoparticles Exhibiting SERS Effects" Authors: Runowski, Marcin; Goderski, Szymon; Paczesny, Jan; Księżopolska-Gocalska, Monika; Ekner-Grzyb, Anna; Grzyb, Tomasz; Rybka, Jakub; Giersig, Michael; Lis, Stefan ​ Congrats!

09.2016

Kinga Matuła, Krzysztof Sozański and Łukasz Richter participated in the 4th International Soft Matter Conference (ISCM 2016) in Grenoble, France (11.09-17.09.2016).

09.2016

We are pleased to inform that paper of Xuzhu Zhang, Andrzej Poniewierski, Aldona Jelińska, Anna Zagożdżon, Agnieszka Wisniewska, Sen Hou, and Robert Hołyst was published in Soft Matter in September. Congratulations!

The title is "Determination of equilibrium and rate constants for complex formation by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy supplemented by dynamic light scattering and Taylor dispersion analysis"

Congratulations to the authors!

09.2016

Sen Hou, Lili Sun and Piotr Trochimczyk attended 22nd International Workshop on “Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Super-resolution Microscopy in the Life Sciences” in Berlin, Germany. Lili and Sen presented poster entitled "Enhanced DNA nanoparticle formation in macromolecular crowding environment studied by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy". Piotr made an oral lecture entitled "How can macromolecular crowding inhibit biological reactions? The enhanced formation of DNA nanoparticles"

08.2016

Kinga Matula, Tomasz Kalwarczyk and Lukasz Richter are laureates of "Mobility of Young Researcher of IPC PAS" ("Mobilnosc Mlodych Badaczy IChF") contest. Kinga will work in Professor Wilhelm Huck group at Radboud Univeristy (Nijmegen, Holland). Tomek will pay a visit to group of Professor Mireille Claessens and also group of Professor Jeroen J.L.M. Cornelissen, both in University of Twente (Netherlands). Lukasz is going to visit Bordeaux, France, to work in Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal in Professor Carlos Drummond group (Structure and Dynamics of Soft Matter).

http://ichf.edu.pl/images/Mobilnosc_mlodych_badaczy_IChF.jpg
 

08.2016

Łukasz Richter was a guest of Katarzyna Burda from Newsweek Poland. This video interview is about mysterious biomimicry and it was done as a part of Spokesman for Science (Rzecznicy Nauki). You can watch it here.
 

08.2016

Interview with our PhD student, Krzysztof Bielec in popular science magazine „Wiedza i Życie”! As the semi-finalist of FameLab 2016, Krzysztof Bielec was invited to answer a few questions about bacteriophages and possibilities of using them to defeat bacterial infections. We encourage to read the full text, available in hard copy.
 

07.2016

Sen Hou, Piotr Trochimczyk and Lili Sun went to Girona, Spain to attend one Computation Chemistry conference entitled "Theory and Simulation Across Scales in Molecular Science". They presented there two posters, that raises great interest and fruitful discussions.
 

07.2016

Sen Hou and Lili Sun just came back from three-month visit in Prof Douglas Weibel’s group in USA. They were working on the interaction of RecA protein and cell membrane lipid. They also paid several scientific exchanging visits to famous universities in USA to meet our cooperators’ groups, among others Prof Tang Wang in Florida Middle University in Orlando, Prof Aleksei Aksimentiev in UIUC, Marcin Tabaka, PhD in MIT and Prof Chenfeng Ke in Dartmouth College.
 

07.2016

Yirui Zhang joined our group! She started her PhD studies under supervision of Professor Anna Maciołek. Yirui graduated from Department of Physics, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2013, then received her M.Sc. in Physics from University Stuttgart in 2015. Welcome!
 

07.2016

We are happy to announce that during summer holiday we will host a few new interns in our group: Małgorzata Jabłońska, Marta Pilz and Aleksandra Dawidziak from University of Warsaw as well as Aneta Karpińska, Karol Ulatowski and Łukasz Fura from Warsaw University of Technology. Welcome and good luck!
 

07.2016

Professor Robert Hołyst participated in workshops on innovative approaches to the computational studies of droplets with multiple ions, called “Computational methods for modelling multiply-charged droplets”. During the event Professor Hołyst gave very interesting invited speech entitled “Charged materials in alternating electric field”.
 

More info available here.

07.2016

Łukasz Richter was a guest of Professor Anton Ficai from Department of Science and Engineering of Oxide Materials and Nanomaterials at University Politehnica of Bucharest. He also gave a lecture as an invited speaker.
 

06.2016

Krzysztof Bielec defended his Master Thesis and became a new PhD student in our group. He studied at the Jagiellonian University and he prepared his Master Thesis under supervision of Agnieszka Skórska-Stania, Jan Paczesny and Łukasz Richter. Good job Krzysiek and keep it up!
 

06.2016

Another PhD in our group! Aldona Jelińska is now officially a Doctor of Philosophy. Congrats to Aldona!
 

06.2016

Agnieszka Wiśniewska, Aldona Jelińska and Professor Robert Hołyst participated in 2nd European Workshop on Taylor Dispersion Analysis in Copenhagen (Denmark). Professor Hołyst gave a lecture as an invited speaker. The TDA 2016 Workshop was organized on behalf of University of Montpellier, University of Copenhagen and Analytiker-Ringen, Danmarks Farmaceutiske Selskab.
 

  05.2016

We are happy to inform that Anna Zagożdżon from our group is now a PhD. We are all very proud! Congratulations Ania!
 

 

05.2016

Kinga Matuła was invited to give a talk in series of lectures called "Mam Ochotę na Chemię" organized by Scientific Association of Chemists at University of Warsaw "Fulleren" on 12th of May 2016.
 

05.2016

We are seeking motivated students for summer internships. At least three topics are available:
  • Nanostructures in biological applications,
  • Synthesis and analysis of bio-inspired nanomaterials,
  • Electric field in biological applications.


More details available here.

04.2016

Łukasz Richter participated in 44th International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneve (Swiss). He was awarded with gold medal with the special congratulations of the jury and special prize granted by Korea Invention Promotion Association. Congrats!

Method for deposition of analyte from solution onto the substrate for surface enhanced spectroscopy in the electric field
Richter, Ł.; Paczesny, J,; Księżopolska-Gocalska, M.; Hołyst, R.
P.412548, 02.06.2015
 

 

03.2016

New paper of Lili Sun was accepted for publication by Plos One as result of collaboration with the scientists of UIUC, Clemson University and Washington University in USA.

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0152002

Title: "The hinge region strengthens the nonspecific interaction between Lac-repressor and DNA: a computer simulation study" Authors: Lili Sun, Marcin Tabaka, Sen Hou, Lin Li, Krzysztof Burdzy, Aleksei Aksimentiev, Christopher Maffeo, Xuzhu Zhang, Robert Holyst.

03.2016

DSc Anna Maciołek will receive financial support (around 410k PLN) within Harmonia grant founded by National Science Centre. The title of the project is:
Active Brownian motion of functional microparticles in complex fluids in the bulk and under spatial confinement
Congratulates!

Also PhD candidates are being recruited for the project!

03.2016

Łukasz Richter is among winners of Student-Inventor 2016 competition. Five inventions prepared by students were chosen to present in Geneva during Innovation Expo in April 2016.
http://naukawpolsce.pap.pl/aktualnosci/news,408464,kielce-wybrano-najlepszych-studentow-wynalazcow.html

Łukasz was awarded for his work described in patent application
Method for deposition of analyte from solution onto the substrate for surface enhanced spectroscopy in the electric field
Richter, Ł.; Paczesny, J,; Księżopolska-Gocalska, M.; Hołyst, R.
P.412548, 02.06.2015
 

 

03.2016

Three inventions were submitted to Eureka! DPG competition from Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS. All three of them are connected with our group!

  1. Method of preparation of biosensor containing organized layers of bacteriophages as sensing element and biosensor itself
    Jan Paczesny, Marcin Łoś, Łukasz Richter, Marcin Fiałkowski, Robert Hołyst

  2. Method for surface modification with nanocomposites, nanocomposite material and the use thereof
    Katarzyna Wybrańska, Jan Paczesny, Robert Hołyst, Marcin Fiałkowski

  3. Method for deposition of metallic nanoparticles onto the surface in electrochemical process, surface itself and the use of thereof
    Monika Księżopolska-Gocalska, Weronika Michałowicz, Marta Siek, Joanna Niedziółka-Jonsson, Marcin Opałło, Robert Hołyst
We are looking forward for the results of the competition!

03.2016

DSc Anna Maciołek is given a set of lectures on Stochastic Dynamics lecture as a course for PhD students starting on 7th of March and ending on 11th of March 2016
 

 

02.2016

Łukasz Richter and Janek Paczesny live in Polish Radio 1 on 29th of February at 8 PM!
 

 

02.2016

Krzysztof Bielec in FameLab 2016 semifinal! Please come to Copernicus Science Centre and support Krzysztof on Saturday, 27th of February 2016!

http://naukawpolsce.pap.pl/aktualnosci/news,408507,w-sobote-25-wygadanych-naukowcow-wystapi-na-scenie-kopernika.html

 

02.2016

Article about work of Łukasz Richter in Newsweek Poland! The piece was done as a part of Spokesman for Science (Rzecznicy Nauki) programme by Copernicus Science Centre. The idea of the programme is to bring scientist to cooperate with journalist to speak about polish science in intelligible way. You can read it here.

01.2016

The scientific committee at the IPC PAS announced that posters presented by Kinga Matuła, Krzysztof Sozański and Anna Maciołek during annual reporting symposium were awarded in competition for outstanding posters.

K. Matuła, Ł. Richter, M. Janczuk, K. Kryszczuk, W. Nogala, B. Peplińska, M. Grzeszkowiak, E. Wyroba, N. Derebecka, J. Wesoły, T. Wrzeciński, J. Łoś, M. Łoś, J. Paczesny, R. Hołyst
Mechanoevolution of Escherichia coli: from Gram-negative toward Gram-positive strain.

K. Sozański, F. Ruhnow, A. Wiśniewska, M. Tabaka, S. Diez, R. Hołyst
How to break a molecular motor: A study of kinesin motion in crowded environment.

A. Maciołek
Action at a distance.

  01.2016

Janek Paczesny appeared recently twice in public media. He was a guest of Karolina Głowacka in radio TOK FM on 7th of January. The audition was on new elements, which fulfilled the 7th row of periodic table. Janek appeared also in TVN ("Dzień Dobry TVN") on 15th of January in material dealing with first scientific stand-up in Poland.

 
01.2016

Krzysztof Sozański, Janek Paczesny and Robert Hołyst were invited to give talks during IPC PAS annual reporting symposium. Only the best papers from year 2015 were presented.

 
12.2015

And yet another press release describing our recent work published in Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical. The paper describes our recently published method on orientation of bacteriophages in the electric field. Congrats to Łukasz Richter, Kinga Matuła and Janek Paczesny who did most of the work.

More about this method you can find in the press release note and in the paper.
11.2015

A brand new paper on mechanism of kinesin motion has been recently published in Physycal Review Letters. Congrats to Krzysztof Sozański (first author) et consortes.
More details in the release press note and the publisher web site.
10.2015

Another press release from our group – check it out at http://ichf.edu.pl/press/2015/10/IChF151022a_EN.pdf.
This time, it concerns the new view of the evaporation process presented in a recent Soft Matter paper by Robert Hołyst et al.
10.2015

A paper on self-assembly of liquid crystal/ZnO nanocrystals was just published in Chemistry – A European Journal (IF 5.73).The project was developed in collaboration with the Lewinski group and the lead author is dr Jan Paczesny. You can find it at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/chem.201502714/full.
  09.2015

Another PhD graduated from our group today. Big congrats to Witold Adamkiewicz, and good luck on your post-doc in South Korea!
09.2015

Good news from the Ministry of Science! This year, four people form our group were awarded prestigious, three-year scholarships for outstanding young scientists. These are: Tomasz Kalwarczyk, Karina Kwapiszewska, Jan Paczesny and Krzysztof Sozański.
07.2015

From now on, Krzysztof Sozański is officially a PhD. For hints on how to pick the fast track to the diploma, see the new press release at http://ichf.edu.pl/IChF150723a_EN.pdf
  07.2015

A comprehensive review on the length-scale dependent viscosity model, whose lead author is dr Tomasz Kalwarczyk, was just published by Advances in Colloid and Interface Science (IF 7.78). You can find it at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0001868615000925 .
06.2015

Three members of our group: Kinga Matuła, Łukasz Richter, and Krzysztof Sozański, were qualified for the TransFormation.doc program organized by the Ministry of Science. They will participate in two-week soft skill courses at the world’s top universities. Learn – and spread the knowledge!
  05.2015

Lili Sun, Sen Hou and Robert Hołyst were involved in a collaboration with teams from Tianjin (China), which now brought a publication in Scientific Reports (IF 5.58). The article can be found at http://www.nature.com/articles/srep10464 .
  05.2015

Jan Paczesny on the radio, talking about science, financing and our Institute. Twice! You can find the recordings here: http://audycje.tokfm.pl/odcinek/25840 and here: http://rdc.pl/publikacja/popoludnie-rdc-stypendia-dla-mlodych-naukowcow/ .
05.2015

Another START scholarship from the Foundation for Polish Science goes to our group – this time, thanks to dr Jan Paczesny.
  04.2015

Robert Hołyst co-authored a text in the News and Views section of the recent issue of Nature Physics,  http://www.nature.com/nphys/journal/v11/n4/full/nphys3297.html
02.2015

Out of 25 semi-finalists of the prestigious popularization competition, FameLab Poland, three are form our group! These are: Kinga Matuła, Jan Paczesny, and Łukasz Richter. Congratulations, and best of luck in the finals!
11.2014

The results of the science popularization competition INTER 2014, organized by Foundation for Polish Science, are here – 3rd prize goes to dr Jan Paczesny for his talk on rapid evolution of bacteria under mechanical stress. Congratulations! (http://www.fnp.org.pl/konkurs-popularyzatorski-inter-2014-rozstrzygniety/).
  10.2014

Our team returned from the 8th International Warsaw Invention Show IWIS 2014 with a total of four medals (one golden, two silver and a Glory Medal)! Congratulations to Jan Paczesny, WitoldAdamkiewicz, Krzysztof Sozański, Robert Hołyst and their collaborators from other groups as well as InInstitute of High Pressure Physics PAS.
09.2014

Agnieszka Kowalska, Agnieszka WIśniewka, Kinga Matuła, Katarzyna Kryszczuk, Kinga Bar, Krzysztof Szczepański and XuzhuZhang from ourgroupparticipated in the 2nd Warsaw-Cambridge WoungScientistsMeting. Best wishes of effective collaboration! (http://ichf.edu.pl/press/2014/09/IChF140917a_EN.pdf)
  07.2014

Congratulations to Jan Paczesny, who was awarded the 3rd degree Wojchiech Świętosławski memorial prize by the Polish Chemical Society. Also, this month a paper co-authored by Jan was published in Macromolecules (IF>5). Well done and keep it up! (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ma500941c)
  06.2014

We have another paper in Nanoscale (IF 7.39) – this time, concerning the transport properties of colloidal and protein solutions. The lead author is Tomasz Kalwarczyk and the text can be found here: http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlehtml/2014/nr/c4nr00647j .
04.2014

Results of the 2014 edition of START scholarships were just announced by the Foundation for Polish Science. This year’s laureate from our group is Jan Paczesny. Congratulations!
  04.2014

We got two awards for the inventions on nanostructure ordering on surfaces and their application to SERS: first, the Student-Inventor award by the Kielce University of Technology, and soon afterwards a silver medal at the 42nd International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva. Congratulations to Jan Paczesny, Witold Adamkiewicz, Krzysztof Sozański, Robert Hołyst and their collaborators from other groups as well as InInstitute of High Pressure Physics PAS.
02.2014

A stunning press release on the work conducted in our group on Taylor dispersion analysis! Check it out at http://ichf.edu.pl/press/2014/02/IChF140212a_EN.pdf .
  01.2014

Swiss patent office awarded a new patent on a method of covering surfaces with functional monolayers of nanoparticle structures. The inventor from our Institute, dr Jan Paczesny, Krzysztof Sozański, dr Andrzej Żywociński and Witold Adamkiewicz collaborated on this project with the Institute of High Pressure PAS.
  01.2014

An interesting paper from our group on application of FCS to analysis of DNA assays was just published in Biosensors and Bioelectronics (IF 6.41). The lead author is dr Sen Hou. You can find it at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S095656631300482X.
  11.2013

A paper from our team by Krzysztof Sozański, Agnieszka Wiśniewska, Tomasz Kalwarczyk and Robert Hołyst appeared in Physical Review Letters (IF 7.7). The topic is activation energy for motion in complex liquids, you can find the text here. (http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.228301)
  10.2013

Another high IF paper from our group!  Results of Marcin Tabaka, Tomasz Kalwarczyk and Robert Hołyst on influence of crowding on gene regulation kinetics appeared in Nucleic Acids Research (IF>8). http://nar.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/10/10/nar.gkt907.abstract
10.2013

Dr Sen Hou was awarded with a scholarship of the Ministry of Science for young researchers. Congratulations!
09.2013

Dr Jan Paczesny was awarded a scientist of the year 2013 prize by the influential magazine “Polityka”. Well done!

fot. Tadeusz Późniak/Polityka
  08.2013

A paper on determination of DNA labelling efficiency by Sen Hou, Lili Sun, Stefan Wieczorek, Tomasz Kalwarczyk, Tomasz Kamiński and RoberHołyst just appeared in Biosensor and Bioelectronics (IF>5). 
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S095656631300482X)
07.2013

Interesting results on nano-windmills rotating on the water surface were just published in Nanoscale (IF>6). Congratulations to the authors: PatrycjaNiton, Andrzej Zywocinski, Marcin Fiałkowski and Robert Hołyst. (http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2013/NR/C3NR03496H#!divAbstract) Make sure to take a look at the related press release at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/iopc-mmp082813.php .
04.2013

The laureates of the National Science Centre grant were announced and again we have some reasons to celebrate! Robert Hołyst will lead the OPUS grant (>900.000 PLN), while Sen Hou and Jan Paczesnyare starting SONATA projects (nearly 500.000 PLN each). The application by Sen Hou was rated first in the relevant topic panel. Congratulations, and good luck with the projects!
04.2013

The Ministry of Science announced the results of Iuventus Plus grant competition. Tomasz Kalwarczyk and Jan Paczesny both received financing for their projects!
  03.2013

An MSc student from our team, Krzysztof Sozański, won a European Young Chemists’ Network Award for the best talk during the 15th Spring Symposium of JungChemikerForum GDCh in Berlin. Keep it up!
01.2013

Another fascinating press release from our group – this time, it’s on biologistics, i.e. motion in living cells. You can find it here! (http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=128077&CultureCode=en)
  08.2012

A paper on fabrication of self-assembled nanostructures for SERS platforms was just published in Chemistry of Materials (IF>7) Congratulations to Jan Paczesny, Witold Adamkiewicz, Krzysztof Sozański, Monika Wadowska, Robert Hołyst and their collaborators from other groups as well as InInstitute of High Pressure Physics PAS. ( http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/cm3008914)
  07.2012

A handbook on thermodynamics by Robert Hołyst and Andrzej Poniewierski was published internationally by Springer. It gives a full theoretical introduction to the field along with novel applications and modern approach. Study and enjoy! (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S095656631300482X)
05.2012

We just published a press material on the research on polymers in bacterial cytoskeleton conducted in our group. You can find it here. (http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=120298&CultureCode=en)
04.2012

Tomasz Kalwarczyk received a START scholarship for young scientists, granted by the Ministry of Science. Congratulations!
04.2012

Krzysztof Sozański got a Diamond Grant from the Ministry of Science. It is the first edition of this grant contest for undergraduate students. The awarded project concerns macro- and nanoscaled viscosity of complex liquids.
02.2012

A project on length-scale-dependent viscosity in living matter was awarded financing (nearly 3.000.000PLN) by the National Science Centre within the MAESTRO program. The project will be led by Robert Hołyst.