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ZB 02 - Group of molecular films research (W. Kutner)

Our research

Short articles bellow briefly present directions of our research. We use density functional theory (DFT) computing for designing materials for functional thin films before performing a "wet chemistry" research. Different electroanalytical techniques are applied for preparation and characterization of polymers or detecting analytes in solutions under stagnant or flow-solution conditions. Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett techniques are used for preparation of ordered molecular layers. Composition, redox state, and 3-D organization of molecules in the films is analyzed with XPS, PM-IRRAS, SPM, ellipsometry or Kelvin-probe surface potential sensing, and other techniques.

Bioinspired intelligent molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) for selective chemosensing

Receptors found in living organisms specifically recognize target biomolecules. If applied to biosensing, they offer the much desired high selectivity...read more ≫

Carbon nanomaterials and polymers for application in supercapacitors

We devise and fabricate composites of multi-polymer thin films, reinforced with carbon-based nanostructure scaffolds, suitable as electrode materials...read more ≫

Organic semiconducting materials for solar energy conversion

Contemporary organic photovoltaics uses emerging photoactive organic semiconducting materials for conversion of solar light into electricity.  Th...read more ≫

Organized ultrathin films of organic and organic-inorganic hybrid materials for chemical sensors

The Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett techniques allow preparing molecular monolayers and their transfer onto solid substrates. These simple but powerful...read more ≫

Mechanism of disruption of model bacterial cell membranes by antimicrobial peptides

Our efforts are directed towards understanding the mechanism of disruption of model bacterial cell membranes by antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) and the...read more ≫

Our laboratories and scientific instrumentation

Purity of samples used for film preparation is examined with the use of a gradient HPLC system composed of two pumps Model 6000 of Waters, Millipore C...read more ≫

Our offer of scientific instrumentation: hanging mercury drop electrode, HMDE WK 2

General description and application The hanging mercury drop electrode HMDE WK 2 (named after Prof. Wiktor Kemula) is a spherical stationary mercur...read more ≫