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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.
Dream Chemistry Award - scientific award for a chemical dream project
Chem. Soc. Rev., [IF=30.4]. "One-dimension-based spatially ordered architectures for solar energy conversion", S.Liu, Z-R.Tang, Y.Sun, J.C.Colmenares, Y-J.Xu

Chemical Sci.
, [IF=8.6], "Development of zinc alkyl/air systems as radical initiators for organic reactions", M.Kubisiak, K.Zelga, W.Bury, I.Justyniak, K.Budny-Godlewski, Z.Ochala, J.Lewiński

Chemical Rev
. [IF=45,7] The Molecular Identification of Organic Compounds in the Atmosphere: State of the Art and Challenges, B.Noziere, R.Szmigielski, et al.

Nature Chem. (IF=21.8), "Controlling intramolecular hydrogen transfer in a porphycene molecule with single atoms or molecules located nearby", T.Kumagai, F.Hanke, S.Gawinkowski, J.Sharp, K.Kotsis, J.Waluk, M.Persson, L.Grill

Chemical Sciences [IF=8.6] Inherently chiral electrodes: the tool for chiral voltammetry, S.Arnaboldi, T.Benincori, R.Cirilli, W.Kutner, M.Magni, P.Mussini, K.Noworyta, F.Sannicolo

Progr. Polymer Sci. [IF=26,9], "Functionalized polythiophenes: Recognition materials for chemosensors and biosensors of superior sensitivity, selectivity, and detectability",
T.-P.Huynh, P.S.Sharma, M.Sosnowska, F.D'Souza, W.Kutner
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Dutch chemist Dr Evan Spruijt won Dream Chemistry Award '2014. The members of the Award's Scientific Committee have in this way expressed their appreciation for a visionary project of creating artificial cells - microdroplets of water capable of autonomous growth and division. Creation of such cells in the laboratory would be an important step towards a deep understanding of physical and chemical foundations of life.
see 11th March ceremony
Frontiers of Science - that's where we are
of the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS for the best paper published in the reporting period 2014
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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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Dr. Mircea Dincă with the 2015 Dream Chemistry Award statuette
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.
7th International Workshop
Surface Modification for Chemical and Biochemical Sensing SMCBS'2015"
Pułtusk, Poland, November 7-9, 2015
IPC PAS celebrates 60 years of scientific
contribution to the development of chemistry
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
Job Advertisement for ERA Chair Holder Position - 
Head of Department of Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems
Electrically induced arrangement improves bacteria detectors
Viruses that attack bacteria - bacteriophages - can be fussy: they only inject their genetic material into the bacteria that suit them. The fussiness of bacteriophages can be exploited in order to detect specific species of bacteria. Scientists from Warsaw have just demonstrated that bacteriophage-based biosensors will be much more efficient if prior to the deposition on the surface of the bacteriophage sensor their orientation is ordered in electric field.
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Photovoltaics? On perovskites produced by mechanochemistry!
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Perovskites, substances that perfectly absorb light, are the future of solar energy. The opportunity for their rapid dissemination has just increased thanks to a cheap and environmentally safe method of production of these materials, developed by chemists from Warsaw, Poland. Rather than in solutions at a high temperature, perovskites can now be synthesized by solid-state mechanochemical processes: by grinding powders.
Is lignin the crude oil of the future? Maybe so, thanks to the Sun and photocatalysts!
We associate refineries with crude oil and a dense tangle of technical fittings. They may, however, change in the future - if crude oil is replaced by lignin, a product currently treated as industrial waste. The research route leading towards this goal is being paved by new photocatalysts, developed by the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. They allow lignin-based model compounds to be transformed into useful chemical substances, in addition, the reactions take place under conditions that occur in nature.
Finnish patent FI 125616
"Microfluidic system, in particular for automated generation of phospholipid bilayers and testing of membrane protein activity"

Inventors: M.Czekalska, T.Kamiński, P.Garstecki
Polish patent PL 219899
"Method for covering the hydrophylic solid bodies with expanded surface area with the gold coating, and the hydrophylic solid body with expanded surface area"
Inventors: K.Winkler, M.Fiałkowski, A.Michota-Kamińska, R.Hołyst
Polish patent PL 220371
"Method for securing the polycarbonate surface, especially the surface of polycarbonate microfluidic channel, against the action of organic solvents"
Inventors: P.Jankowski, D.Ogończyk,  P.Garstecki