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The Golden Medal of Chemistry competition for the best bachelor or bachelor of engineering thesis
The main prize in the fourth edition of the "Golden Medal of Chemistry" competition - the Golden Medal of Chemistry and 10,000 PLN sponsored by the DuPont Polska was awarded to Michał Hamkało from Warsaw University. During a special meeting at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the PAS, the bachelor's degree alumni were awarded also with the Silver and the Bronze Medals of Chemistry and with four distinctions. Three additional distinctions have been awarded by DuPont.
Dream Chemistry Award - scientific award for a chemical dream project
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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
A "Star Wars" laser bullet - this is what it really looks like
Action-packed science-fiction movies often feature colourful laser bolts. But what would a real laser missile look like during flight, if we could only make it out? How would it illuminate its surroundings? The answers lie in a film made at the Laser Centre of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw.
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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
The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property granted the IPC PAS patents:

- CH 703023 for the invention entitled "System and method for increasing repetition rate of laser pulses".
Inventor: Y.Stepanenko

Polish Patent Office granted the Institute patents:

- PL 217969 for the invention entitled "Method for manufacturing of zinc oxide nanoparticles"
Inventors: Janusz Lewiński, Kamil Sokołowski, Michał Leszczyński, Karolina Zelga

- PL 217425 for the invention entitled "Porphyrin derivative, polymerized layer containing a porphyrin derivative and its use for the determination and release of nicotine" 
Inventors: Krzysztof Noworyta, Włodzimierz Kutner, Channa Wijesinghe, Francis D'Souza 

- PL 217280 for the invention entitled "Method to prepare carbon nanotubes incorporated cellulose nanocomposite and carbon nanotubes incorporated cellulose nanocomposite"
Inventors: Jacek Gregorowicz, Robert Hołyst, Anna Kelm, Beata Kusiak r

- PL 218009 for the invention entitled "Capsules with hydrofilic core and polymeric shell".
Inventors:  Marcin Izydorzak, Dominika Ogończyk, Jacek Michalski, Piotr Garstecki 

PL 67457 for the invention entitled "Pheromone trap"
Inventor: Jan Zasłona
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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Dream Chemistry Award for the scientific project of your dreams up for grabs again!
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.
Amazing microdroplet structures may lead to new technologies
Unexpected shapes of mesoscale atoms - structures built of microdroplets encapsulated within microdroplets - have been created at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland. The discovery was possible with a new method for precise control over placement of tiny segments of liquid, one in another. With further progress in innovative microfluidic systems, the method may find use in medicine and materials science.
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
Plantations of nanorods on carpets of graphene capture the Sun's energy
The Sun can be a better chemist, thanks to zinc oxide nanorod arrays grown on a graphene substrate and "decorated" with dots of cadmium sulphide. In the presence of solar radiation, this combination of zero and one-dimensional semiconductor structures with two-dimensional graphene is a great catalyst for many chemical reactions. The innovative photocatalytic material has been developed by a group of scientists from IPC PAS and Fuzhou University in China.
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