The present scientific profile of the Institute of Physical Chemistry is strongly linked with modern directions in physical chemistry and chemical physics. The research work covers a wide range of physicochemical disciplines and is carried out in 10 departments. The main topics presently studied at the Institute are:
Technological section of the Institute, the CHEMIPAN Laboratories (headed by Dr. J. Raczko), develops and commercially manufactures fine and specialty chemicals and specialised products for agriculture and pharmacy, including pheromones ("biological traps" for woods and crop protection) and new drugs.
- supramolecular chemistry, structure and properties; X-ray structure determinations, separation techniques, sorption/desorption processes, surface aggregation (Prof. J. Lipkowski, Prof. K. Suwińska, Dr. R. Luboradzki, Dr. M. Asztemborska); supramolecular synthesis (Prof. M. Pietraszkiewicz);
- thermodynamics of liquids (Assoc. Prof. J. Gregorowicz)
- physical chemistry of solid state and surface, examined by various electron spectroscopy techniques (Prof. A. Jabłoński) and scanning tunneling microscopy techniques (Prof. R. Nowakowski);
- photophysics and photochemistry of organic molecules, involving spectrally and time resolved laser techniques (Prof. J. Waluk, Prof. Z. R. Grabowski, Prof. A. Grabowska, Prof. J. Herbich, Prof. A. Kapturkiewicz, Prof. J. Sepioł, Dr. J. Dobkowski, Prof. R. Kołos);
- preparation and characterisation of highly dispersed mono- and bimetallic catalyst systems, aided by X-ray diffraction analysis (Prof. Z. Karpiński, Prof. Jerzy Zieliński); structure of nanocrystalline systems . modeling and experiment (Prof. Z. Kaszkur, Dr. B. Mierzwa); catalysis for environmental problems (Prof. Z. Karpiński);
- statistical mechanics applied to soft matter (Prof. R. Hołyst, Prof. A. Ciach, Prof. A. Poniewierski);
- electrochemistry (Prof. W. Kutner, Prof. M. Opałło)
- theory of chemical kinetics (including periodical reactions), aided by computer simulations (Prof. J. Górecki);
- quantum theory of the solid and the molecule: the density functional theory,
the chemical reactivity indices (Prof. A. Holas, dr M.Cinal, dr R.Balawender); theory of the magnetic thin films and the 2D crystalline
systems (Dr. M.Cinal, Dr. T.Roliński); hydrocarbons with
unusual spatial structure, molecular modeling and NMR studies of
cyclodextrins, fullerenes and nanotubes (Prof. H. Dodziuk);
- corrosion, surface modification and hydrogen in metals (Prof. J. Flis, Prof. T. Zakroczymski);
- kinetics and mechanism of chain reactions in homogeneous/heterogeneous systems, as related to sulphur dioxide transformations in the environment: physico-chemical fundamentals of desulphurization processes; atmosphere chemistry including impacts of organic and inorganic scavengers of sulphoxy radicals; interaction between these radicals and bioorganic compounds (Dr. K. J. Rudziński);
- physical chemistry of metal-hydrogen systems, including synthesis of novel materials under high pressure conditions and research of their properties; determination of EOS and search of pressure induced phase transitions in hydrides (Prof. M. Tkacz).
The Institute publishes approximately 300 original papers every year.