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Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Warsaw, Poland, Kasprzaka 44/52, phone (48) 22-343-3000
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The Golden Medal of Chemistry competition for the best bachelor or bachelor of engineering thesis
The main prize in the fifth edition of the "Golden Medal of Chemistry" competition - the Golden Medal of Chemistry and 10,000 PLN sponsored by DuPont Polska was awarded to Michał Sawczyk from Warsaw University. During a special meeting at the DuPont base the bachelor's degree alumni were awarded also with the Silver and the Bronze Medals of Chemistry and with five distinctions. Three additional distinctions have been awarded by DuPont.
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We are pleased to inform you that the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences' comprehensive analysis and action plan meet all the requirements for the use of the 'HR Excellence in research' logo.
IPC PAS can now use the 'HR Excellence in research' logo to help promote itself as a provider of a stimulating and favourable work environment. The logo reflects your commitment to continuously improve your human resource policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, notably your commitment to achieve fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures. Please find the logo attached in different formats along with graphic guidelines for use.

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The European ERA Chair
grant awaits a top academic
The Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland, has recently received a European ERA Chair grant of 2.5 million euros. Soon, the grant will enable a world-class specialist in the field of biology, working where it meets with chemistry or physics, to be employed at the Institute.
In a standard scientific career usually several years pass between being awarded a master's degree and earning a doctorate. Krzysztof Sozański from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw has become a doctor shortly after graduation, at the age of 24 years. Such rapid progression was possible thanks to his early involvement in research work.
From Master to Doctor - in just a few months
IPC PAS for enterprices
Polish patent "Microfluidic system for automatic formation of lipid membranes and testing of membrane protein activity"
Tomasz Kamiński, Magdalena Czekalska, Piotr Garstecki
British patent "Capsules with hydrophilic core and polymeric shell and method of generation thereof".
Piotr Garstecki, Marcin Izydorzak, Jacek Andrzej Michalski, Dominika Ogończyk
Dream Chemistry Award' 2018
"Mobility of IPC PAS Young Researchers" 
J. Am. Chem. Soc. [IF 14.3] Kubicki, DJ; Prochowicz, D; Hofstetter, A; Saski, M; Yadav, P; Bi, DQ; Pellet, N; Lewinski, J; Zakeeruddin, SM; Gratzel, M; Emsley, L; "Formation of Stable Mixed Guanidinium-Methylammonium Phases with Exceptionally Long Carrier Lifetimes for High-Efficiency Lead Iodide-Based Perovskite Photovoltaics" 2018, 140, 3345-3351

Adv. Funct. Materials [IF 13.3] Costantini, M; Guzowski, J; Zuk, PJ; Mozetic, P; De Panfilis, S; Jaroszewicz, J; Heljak, M; Massimi, M; Pierron, M; Trombetta, M; Dentini, M; Swieszkowski, W; Rainer, A; Garstecki, P; Barbetta, A; "Electric Field Assisted Microfluidic Platform for Generation of Tailorable Porous Microbeads as Cell Carriers for Tissue Engineering"; 2018, 28, -

Nano Energy [IF 13.1] Prochowicz, D; Yadav, P; Saliba, M; Kubicki, DJ; Tavakoli, MM; Zakeeruddin, SM; Lewinski, J; Emsley, L; Gratzel, M; "One-step mechanochemical incorporation of an insoluble cesium additive for high performance planar heterojunction solar cells"; 2018, 49, 523-528
Polish patent "Thiophene derivatives and method of producing thereof, recognition film of molecularly imprinted conducting polymer produced using thiophene derivatives, method of producing thereof, as well as its use for selective detection and determination of inosine"
Zofia Iskierko, Marta Sosnowska, Piyush S. Sharma, Francis D'Souza, Tiziana Benincori, Krzysztof Noworyta
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Hidden gapless states on the path to semiconductor nanocrystals
When chemists from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw were starting work on yet another material designed for the efficient production of nanocrystalline zinc oxide, they didn't expect any surprises. They were greatly astonished when the electrical properties of the changing material turned out to be extremely exotic.
Lorenzo Albertazzi (Eindhoven University of Technology) Dream project: Can we replace cellular
enzymes with artificial ones?
Eric Glowacki (Linköping University) Dream project: Abundant organic catalysts for a peroxide
clean energy cycle
Jeremy Luterbacher (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) Dream project: From plants to
green chemicals: breakthrough processes using chemical functionalization
Michael Saliba (University of Fribourg) Dream project: Stable and Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells
via Polyelemental, Multicomponent Combinatorial Engineering
Alex K. Shalek (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Dream project: Novel chemical probes
for spatially-resolved, single-cell profiling of tumors to identify new therapeutically
actionable mechanisms of immune evasion
A record-long polymer DNA negative
A fragment of a single strand of DNA, built of the nucleobases cytosine and guanine, can be imprinted in a polymer - this has been shown by chemists from Warsaw, Denton and Milan. The resulting artificial negative, with a record-long length, functions chemically like a normal strand of deoxyribonucleic acid. This achievement finally confirms the possibility of creating polymer imprints of DNA, functionally corresponding to DNA fragments containing all four nucleobases.