TEAM 7/2011 Project


TEAM Project No. TEAM / 2011-7 / 8

From well-defined organometallic precursors to functional materials

Project leader: Professor Janusz Lewiński, D.Sc.

The present project is realized within the TEAM programme of Foundation for Polish Science, cofinanced from European Union Operational Programme Innovative Economy 2007-2013; measure 1.2 – “Strengthening the human potential in the science sector”.



Project description

Nanoscience is a fast developing area of research with potentially far-reaching technological applications. This is a highly multidisciplinary platform, drawing from a number of fields such as chemistry, physics, materials science and biology. The challenge for chemists is to design and prepare nanoscaled functional materials and their precursors with desired size, morphology, and physical and chemical properties. The overall goal of the project is to develop novel synthetic approaches leading from well-defined molecular components to various nano-scale inorganic-organic materials with specific functions. Our initiatives encompass problems across the fields of traditional inorganic and organometallic chemistry, materials science, as well as interface and colloid science. A characteristic feature of the planned research is the application of the “bottom-up” strategy, also known as molecular precursor approach, where materials are built from molecular units of the desired composition and structure taking advantage of the understanding of structure/bonding/reactivity/properties correlations. The important part of this philosophy will be the utilization of bioinspired synthetic pathways. The project consists of three main research areas which provide significant challenges for the multidisciplinary approach to scientific research, both at the level of basic science and that of direct technological application.

  1. Preparation of inorganic and organometallic complexes and study of elemental steps of their transformation to new entities mediated by dioxygen, water and carbon dioxide.
  2. Zinc oxide-based nanomaterials and ligand-based fluorescent coordination compounds.
  3. Hybrid organic-inorganic microporous materials with desired functionalities.


Elżbieta Chwojnowska, PhD Agnieszka Grala, PhD
Szymon Komorski, MSc Łukasz Mąkolski, MSc
Małgorzata Wolska-Pietkiewicz, MSc Alicja Supeł, BSc
Michał Terlecki, BSc Anna Wojewódzka, BSc


International partners:

  1. Prof. Martin Schröder, University of Nottingham
  2. Dr. Andrew E. H. Wheatley, University of Cambridge
  3. Dr. Tomislav Friščić, McGill University, Montreal

Polish partners:

  1. Prof. Zbigniew Kaszkur, Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS
  2. Prof. Daniel T. Gryko, Institute of Organic Chemistry PAS
  3. Dr Iwona Justyniak, Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS


  1. A. Grala, M. Wolska-Pietkiewicz, W. Danowski, Z. Wróbel, J. Grzonka, J. Lewiński
    ‘Clickable’ ZnO nanocrystals: the superiority of a novel organometallic approach over the inorganic sol–gel procedure
    Chemical Communications, 2016, 52, 7340–7343.   WWW   Cover!
  2. D. Prochowicz,+ A. Kornowicz,+ I. Justyniak, J. Lewiński
    Metal complexes based on cyclodextrins: synthesis and structural diversity
    Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 2016, 306, 331–345.   WWW
  3. J. Paczesny, M. Wolska-Pietkiewicz, I. Binkiewicz, Z. Wróbel, M. Wadowska, K. Matuła, I. Dzięcielewski, D. Pociecha, J. Smalc-Koziorowska, J. Lewiński, R. Hołyst
    Towards organized hybrid nanomaterials at the air/water interface based on liquid crystal-ZnO nanocrystals
    Chemistry – A European Journal, 2015, 21, 16941–16947. WWW
  4. A. Grala, M. Wolska-Pietkiewicz, A. Wojewódzka, M. Dabergut, I. Justyniak, J. Lewiński
    Structural Diversity of Ethylzinc Carboxylates
    Organometallics, 2015, 34, 4959–4964.   WWW
  5. K. Sokołowski, W. Bury, A. Tulewicz, A. M. Cieślak, I. Justyniak, D. Kubicki, E. Krajewska, A. Milet, R. Moszyński, J. Lewiński
    Experimental and Computational Insights into Fixation of CO2 by RZnOH Species
    Chemistry – a European Journal, 2015, 21, 5496–5503.   PDF   WWW
  6. K. Sokołowski, I. Justyniak, W. Bury, J. Grzonka, Z. Kaszkur, Ł. Mąkolski, M. Dutkiewicz, A. Lewalska, D. Kubicki, K. Wójcik, K. Kurzydłowski, J. Lewiński
    tert-Butyl(tert-Butoxy)zinc Hydroxides: Hybrid Models for Single Source Precursors of ZnO Nanocrystals
    Chemistry – a European Journal, 2015, 21, 5488–5495.   PDF   WWW
  7. D. Prochowicz, K. Sokołowski, I. Justyniak, A. Kornowicz, D. Fairen-Jimenez, T. Friščić, J. Lewiński
    A mechanochemical strategy for IRMOFs’ assembly based on predesigned oxo-zinc precursors
    Chemical Communications, 2015, 51, 4032-4035.   PDF   WWW
  8. N. Nedelko,+ A. Kornowicz,+ I. Justyniak, P. Aleshkevych, D. Prochowicz, P. Krupiński, O. Dorosh, A. Ślawska-Waniewska, J. Lewiński
    Supramolecular control over molecular magnetic materials: γ-cyclodextrin-templated grid of Co(II) single-ion magnets
    Inorganic Chemistry, 2014, 53, 12870−12876.   PDF   WWW
  9. I. Justyniak, W. Bury, D. Prochowicz, K. Wójcik, J. Zachara, J. Lewiński
    Toward Coordination Polymers Based on Fine-Tuneable Group 13 Organometallic Phthalates
    Inorganic Chemistry, 2014, 53, 7270-7275.   PDF   WWW
  10. D. Prochowicz, I. Justyniak, A. Kornowicz, S. Komorski, J. Lewiński
    A solvothermal and mechanochemical strategy for the construction of chiral N,N-ditopic metalloligands: Oxygenation process of a Cu(I)X/Quinine system
    Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 2014, 46, 216-218.   PDF   WWW
  11. A. Kornowicz, S. Komorski, Z. Wróbel, I. Justyniak, N. Nedelko, A. Ślawska-Waniewska, R. Balawender, J. Lewiński
    Efficient synthesis of Manganese (II) carboxylates: From trinuclear cluster [Mn3(PhCO2)6(THF)4] to a unique [Mn(PhCO2)2]n chiral 3D network
    Dalton Transactions, 2014, 43, 3048-3051.   PDF   WWW
  12. K. Sokołowski, W. Bury, I. Justyniak, D. Fairén-Jiménez, K. Sołtys, D. Prochowicz, S. Yang, M. Schröder, J. Lewiński
    Permanent porosity derived from the self-assembly of highly luminescent molecular zinc carbonate nanoclusters
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2013, 52, 13414-13418.   PDF   WWW
  13. P. Sobota, R. Petrus, K. Zelga, Ł. Mąkolski, D. Kubicki, J. Lewiński
    Probing Secondary Coordination Sphere Influence on the Oxygenation of Zinc Alkyls: A Unique Formation of a Zinc Peroxide Species
    Chemical Communications, 2013, 49, 10477. Published online: 17 Sep 2013   PDF  WWW
  14. K. Sokołowski, W. Bury, I. Justyniak, A.M. Cieślak, M. Wolska, K. Sołtys, I. Dzięcielewski, J. Lewiński
    Activation of CO2 by tBuZnOH species:
    efficient routes to novel nanomaterials based on zinc carbonates

    Chemical Communications, 2013, 49, 5271. Published online:  18 Apr 2013   PDF   WWW
  15. T. Kaczorowski, I. Justyniak, D. Prochowicz, K. Zelga, A. Kornowicz, J. Lewiński
    New Insights into Cinchonine-Aluminium Complexes and Their Application as Chiral Building Blocks: Unprecedented Ligand-Exchange Processes in the Presence of ZnR2 Compounds
    Chemistry – A European Journal, 2012, 18, 13460. Published online:  5 Sep 2012     PDF
  16. D. Prochowicz, I. Justyniak, A. Kornowicz, T. Kaczorowski, Z. Kaszkur, J. Lewiński
    Construction of porous homochiral coordination polymer with two types of CunIn alternating units linked by quinine: A solvothermal and a mechanochemical approach
    Chemistry – A European Journal, 2012, 18, 7367. Published online: 10 May 2012  PDF


Currently there are no open positions within the project.

Recruitment Procedure

Recruitment committee will be established and it will be responsible for the whole recruitment process. Committee will be comprised of 3 persons: the project leader, a representative of the Warsaw University of Technology and an external specialist. A representative of the Foundation of Polish Science will be also invited to participate in the recruitment procedure. The recruitment will be performed in an open, two-step procedure (document submission and interview).

Information about the Recruitment

Information about the open positions for students and postdocs will be announced in both Polish or English on the website of the research group (, Warsaw University of Technology (, other specialistic websites (e.g.,,,,, spread via electronic mail to administrators of chemistry and related fields departments in Poland and abroad as well as published on posters.

Document Submission

All candidates must submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Application Form
  • Transcript of Records (grade point average and a copy of Engineer or BSc. Diploma, if applicable)


for undergraduate candidates:

  • completion of at least 3rd or 4th year of studies in chemistry or related field
  • good command in English

Selection will be based on:

  • academic results (grade point average)
  • research experience in the scope of research conducted within the project
  • publications and presentations at scientific conferences
  • achievements (awards, prizes, scholarships)
  • knowledge of English


Top candidates in each group will be invited for an interview before the same Recruitment Committee. Applicants may be interviewed in Polish or English. International candidates may be interviewed via Skype. Final decision will be reached upon judgment of the scientific experience, fields of interest and potential input into the project which the candidate can bring. Detailed report describing all stages of the selection procedure will be written, signed and reported to the Foundation for Polish Science.

Recruitment poster