We are using chemistry, biology and physics mixed together to obtain a new quality of research on bio-inspired, functional nanomaterials.

Our Work


Our lab aims to establish a two-way connection between biology and chemistry of materials. We attempt to be clever in our work to answer important questions and not to be “equipment oriented”. For team members the work in the lab should be a way to reach scientific excellence.

Job offers


We are always looking for students who are willing to work hard on their bachelor or master thesis in our group. There are also open positions for internships. 

News and Succeses

August 2020

Another paper is accepted for publication! ​

Recent Progress in the Detection of Bacteria Using Bacteriophages: A Review

Jan Paczesny, Łukasz Richter and Robert Hołyst

Viruses 2020, 12(8), 845

We got a patent granted! 

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, 04.08.2020

July 2020

The first round of recruitment for Warsaw4PhD doctora school is over. We are pleased to say that we hired three magnificent PhD candidates: Rafał Zbonikowski, Patryk Mierzejewski and Sada Raza! 


We got another paper accepted for publication, this time in Physical Review Letters. The piece was done in collaboration with groups of Professor Robert Holyst (IPC PAS), Professor Piotr Garstecki (IPC PAS), Professor Howard A. Stone (Princeton University) and Professor Carlos Drummond (CNRS, Unversite de Bordeaux).

Ions in an AC electric field: Strong long-range repulsion between oppositely charged surfaces

Łukasz Richter, Paweł J. Żuk, Piotr Szymczak, Jan Paczesny, Krzysztof M. Bąk, Tomasz Szymborski, Piotr Garstecki, Howard A. Stone, Robert Hołyst, and Carlos Drummond

Phys. Rev. Lett. 2020 just accepted

June 2020

Good news!  Kinga Matula was listed as co-author of the paper on cell extract gels, which was accepted for publication.

Cell extract gels as an example of active matter

Agnieszka Wisniewska, Tomasz Kalwarczyk, Jedrzej Szymanski, Katarzyna Kryszczuk, Kinga Matula & Robert Holyst

Rheologica Acta (2020)

May 2020

We are happy to announce that we obtained new funding for our research. Konrad Giżyński got Sonata grant (around 900k PLN) and Janek Paczesny got Opus grant (around 1.4M PLN) from National Science Centre. Int he following months we will be hiring! The positions will be:

- Post doc in biotechnology, microbiology, virology (stabilization of virions) [Sonata Bis]

- Post doc in nanotechnology [Opus] 

- PhD student in physical chemistry, nanotechnolgy [Opus]

- PhD student in physical chemistry, physics, nanotechnolgy [Sonata]

- PhD student in chemistry, biotechnology and related [Sonata Bis]

- PhD student in chemistry, biotechnology and related [Sonata Bis]

Be aware! Some topics are already listed for upcoming recruitment for Warsaw-4-PhD doctoral school. You can read more here.

We recruited three new members of the team!

     Anna Sulicka

     Enkhlin Ochirbat

     Sunday Ocholi Samson

are MSc students at the Warsaw University of Technology. They will do experimental work on their theses in the IPC PAS within Sonata Bis grant. Welcome! 

New paper was published!

Storage of Energy in Constrained Non-Equilibrium Systems

by Yirui Zhang, Konrad Giżyński, Anna Maciołek and Robert Hołyst

Entropy 2020, 22, 557,

April 2020

Rafal Zbonikowski was recruited as MSc student within Sonata Bis grant! He will work on synthesis of nanoparticles, which might be used for virius projects.

Rafal is MSc student at Warsaw University of Technology (supervisor prof. Janusz Lewiński).

March 2020

Janek was a guest of Radosław Brzózka withn ALPHA project. He talked about arms race between bacteria and bacteriophages. You can hear it here!

The Spokesmen of Science (see web page) received prestigious Science Populariser 2019 award. Jan Paczesny and Łukasz Richter are members of the association! You can read more here (in Polish).

February 2020


February is breathtaking! Another paper was accepted for publication.

Fast and efficient deposition of broad range of analytes on substrates for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy

Łukasz Richter, Paweł Albrycht, Monika Księżopolska-Gocalska, Ewa Poboży, Robert
Bachliński, Volodymyr Sashuk, Jan Paczesny, Robert Hołyst

Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2020, just accepted. Read more here.


Janek Paczesny co-authored paper published in Angewandte! The work was done during his post-doc in South Korea. 

Shaping microcrystals of metal‐organic frameworks by reaction‐diffusion

Jun Heuk Park, Jan Paczesny, Namhun Kim, Bartosz Grzybowski

Angewandte Chemie, 2020, accepted articles


Karolina Paszkowska is on fire! She co-authored yet another publication, this time in cooperation with group from Szeged, Hungary:

Nanoparticle enhanced LIBS spectroscopy of liquid samples by using modified surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrates

Dávid J. Palásti,* Pawel Albrycht,* Patrick Janovszky, Karolina Paszkowska, Zsolt Geretovszky, Gábor Galbács (*equal contribution)

published in Spectrochimica Acta Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy (IF=3.1). You can read more here. Congrats!


Karolina Paszkowska was listed as co-author in recently published paper coming from group of Elena Martínez Fraiz from Barcelona. Karolina spent some time there doing her internship.

Microfabrication of poly(acrylamide) hydrogels with independently controlled topography and stiffness


Comelles, Jordi ; Fernández-Majada, Vanesa; Berlanga-Navarro, Nuria; Acevedo, Verónica; Paszkowska, Karolina; Martínez, Elena  

Biofabrication, 2020, just accepted (IF=7.2). 



And now we are happy to announce that Kinga defended her PhD thesis with honors!

January 2019

Kinga Matula passed her doctoral and philosophy exams on 21st of January! She will defend her thesis entitled "Influence of physical and chemical factors on evolution of cells" on 3rd of February (9.00) in the Main Hall of IPC PAS. You are all welcome to attend!


Karolina Księżarczyk coauthored paper published in Clinica Chimica Acta entitled:

"Higher cerebrospinal fluid to plasma ratio of p-cresol sulfate and indoxyl sulfate in patients with Parkinson’s disease"

B. Sankowski, K. Księżarczyk, E. Raćkowska, S. Szlufik, D. Koziorowski, J. Giebułtowicz, 10.1016/j.cca.2019.10.038


December 2019

Karolina Księżarczyk presented her results on "Chemical modification of phage stabilization" during The 2nd Asian Symposium on Cutting-edge Biotechnology and Chemistry (2nd ASCBC), which took place in Kitakyushu, Japan, from 5th to 6th of December 2019.

Karolina is currently working in Professor Takenaka group at Department of Applied Chemistry, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan within 3 months internship.

On 3rd of December Janek gave a talk in high school in Kutno, within series of lecture "Biologia w Kasprowiczu". He talked about the war in microworld. Science communication is important for scientists!

November 2019


Sylwia Karoń was in Paris from 14th to 25th of November. She was a part of “Athens” programme. This is exchange programme for students of top technical universities. Sylwia took a course in “Drug strategies”, which was held by Chimie ParisTech – one of six ParisTech Engineering Schools.

October 2019

We are pleased to inform, that method developed by us which allow for safe storage of viruses over prolonged time was awarded the bronze medal at International Warsaw Invention Show 2019 (14-16.10.2019).

The title of the invention was: The method of surface modification of polymer vessels for storing virus suspensions ensuring stability of the titers of these suspensions, the use of such vessels for storing virus suspensions and the method of storage of virus suspensions ensuring the stability of the titers of these suspensions.

Authors: Łukasz Richter, Karolina Paszkowska, Karolina Księżarczyk, Jan Paczesny, Robert Hołyst.


Karolina Księżarczyk started her 2 months internship in Professor Takenaka group at Kyushu Institute of Technology, Fukuoka, Japan.

September 2019


Aleksandra Borkenhage defended her MSc thesis with highest marks. Congrats!


Ola decided to purse her career in the group of Professor Lewiński. 


Jan Paczesny, PhD, gave invited talk during 62nd meeting of Polish Chemical Society entitled:

Examples of physicochemical approach to studies on bacteriophages


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