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Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences
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The Golden Medal of Chemistry competition for the best bachelor or bachelor of engineering thesis
The main prize in the '2018 edition of the "Golden Medal of Chemistry" competition - the Golden Medal of Chemistry and 10,000 PLN sponsored by DuPont Polska was awarded to Hubert Jóźwiak from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. 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.
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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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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.
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
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Polish patent "Microfluidic system for automatic formation of lipid membranes and testing of membrane protein activity"
Tomasz Kamiński, Magdalena Czekalska, Piotr Garstecki
British patent "Capsules with hydrophilic core and polymeric shell and method of generation thereof".
Piotr Garstecki, Marcin Izydorzak, Jacek Andrzej Michalski, Dominika Ogończyk
"Mobility of IPC PAS Young Researchers" 
REVIEWS OF MODERN PHYSICS    Maciolek, Anna; Dietrich, Siegfried    Collective behavior of colloids due to critical Casimir interactions    2018, 90, UNSP 045001    50    36,367 10.1103/RevModPhys.90.045001

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY    Bury, Wojciech; Walczak, Anna M.; Leszczynski, Michal K.; Navarro, Jorge A. R. Rational Design of Noncovalent Diamondoid Microporous Materials for Low-Energy Separation of C-6-Hydrocarbons    2018, 140, 15031-15037    45    14,357    10.1021/jacs.8b09522

ACS NANO    Breitsprecher, Konrad; Holm, Christian; Kondrat, Svyatoslav    Charge Me Slowly, I Am in a Hurry: Optimizing Charge-Discharge Cycles in Nanoporous Supercapacitors    2018, 12, 9733-9741    45    13,709    10.1021/acsnano.8b04785
Polish patent "Thiophene derivatives and method of producing thereof, recognition film of molecularly imprinted conducting polymer produced using thiophene derivatives, method of producing thereof, as well as its use for selective detection and determination of inosine"
Zofia Iskierko, Marta Sosnowska, Piyush S. Sharma, Francis D'Souza, Tiziana Benincori, Krzysztof Noworyta
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At the source of chirality: Microscopy reveals details of self-assembly
of liquid crystal dimers
Liquid crystal layers a single molecule thick can form extremely complicated structures. The complex construction of these monolayers makes it difficult to visualize them using standard scanning microscopy. Despite this, images from an STM, obtained at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, reveal, for the first time, structural details of monolayers of liquid crystal dimers, also indicating the mechanisms responsible for the birth of chirality.
A fragment of a single strand of DNA, built of the nucleobases cytosine and guanine, can be imprinted in a polymer - this has been shown by chemists from Warsaw, Denton and Milan. The resulting artificial negative, with a record-long length, functions chemically like a normal strand of deoxyribonucleic acid. This achievement finally confirms the possibility of creating polymer imprints of DNA, functionally corresponding to DNA fragments containing all four nucleobases.
Dr. Eric Daniel Glowacki with the Dream Chemistry Award 2018
The winner of the global Dream Chemistry Award competition this year is Dr. Eric Daniel Glowacki from the Linköping University. The Scientific Committee awarding the prize praised the laureate's project on catalysts for the production of clean energy from the hydrogen peroxide.
Interactive size control of catalyst nanoparticles