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During the period from 22 June 2014 to 13 September 2014 M.Sc. Dawid Kałuża visited Prof. Frank Marken’s Group at the University of Bath in UK. The main goal of the visit was to learn how two-phase electrolytic mediated reactions affects to chemical oxidation of antioxidant (DPC) immobilized onto solid electrodes. University of Bath is a partner of the Work Package WP2 "Nanostructures - nanostructural electrodes for biofuel cells and sensing".

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During the period from 11 May 2014 to 2 August 2014 Mgr. Justyna Jędraszko visited Prof. Gunther Wittstock Group at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg in Germany. Prof. Gunther Wittstock is a leading scientist in Electrochemistry, especially in the Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM) field. The visit was a part of the twinning agreement between the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg and IPC included in WP2 of NOBLESSE. During this visit Justyna Jędraszko together with Dr. Wojciech Nogala conducted experiments on the localized electrodeposition of platinum on flat conductive samples and its characterization by microscopic techniques – optical microscopy, atomic force microscopy and scanning electrochemical microscopy.

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During the period from 13th to 16th September 2014, 43 best young chemists from Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences visited University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. The visit was a part of the twinning agreement between the University of Cambridge and IPC included in WP5 of NOBLESSE. They took part in the Cambridge-Warsaw Young Scientists Meeting “Breaking Boundaries in Chemistry”. The meeting addressed numerous topics from nanotechnology to state-of-the-art polymer, organic and inorganic chemistry. Young scientists discussed new topics in the area of modern polymer and macrocyclic chemistry, dynamic self-assembly systems, nanoparticles, chemistry of functional materials, synthesis and functionalization of metals and hybrid organic-inorganic porous materials.

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Kamil Sokołowski visited Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge (UK) from 13th of September to 18th of September, 2014. The main purposes of visit were:

  1. scientific consultation concerning ZnO nanoparticles synthesis and functionalization (Prof. Oren Sherman - NOBLESSE collaborator);
  2. attendance at the meeting „2nd Cambridge-Warsaw Young Scientists Meeting 2014” (CWM 2014);
  3. enhance the visibility of the Institute of Physical Chemistry as the leading scientific research institute in Poland.

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During the period of 23 June - 17 July 2014 Dr. Eng. Piotr Pięta visited the Department of Electrochemistry and Conducting Polymers in Leibniz-Institute for Solid State and Materials Research (L-ISSMR), Dresden (Germany), a partner of the NOBLESSE Project, Work Package WP3 "Chemo- and Biosensors - molecular imprinting". The visit was devoted to the continuation of research on the polymerization mechanism of meso-N,N’-bis-(salicylidene)-2,3-butanediaminoNi(II).

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Kamil Sokołowski visited the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge (UK) from the 21st of July to the 7th of August 2014. The main purposes of the visit were: scientific consultation on the ZnO nanoparticles synthesis and functionalization; start and coordination of a new task concerning the stabilization and encapsulation of highly reactive species and biologically active molecules within microporous materials; consultation on a task concerning the design and synthesis of inorganic clusters for materials chemistry; enhancement of visibility of the Institute of Physical Chemistry as the leading scientific research institute in Poland.

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During the period from 7 April 2014 to 10 April 2014 Dr. Martin Jönsson-Niedziółka visited the Interdisciplinary Research Institute in Lille, France. The visit was a part of the twinning agreement between the Interdisciplinary Research Institute and IPC included in WP2 of NOBLESSE. The main purpose of the visit was to meet with Prof. Sabine Szunerits and Dr. Rabah Boukherroub and discuss details for a future research funding application. The collaboration with Prof. Szunerits is very fruitful and several common works have already been published.

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DDuring the period from 11 May 2014 to 7 June 2014 Dr. Wojciech Nogala visited Prof. Gunther Wittstock Group at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg in Germany. Prof. Gunther Wittstock is a leading scientist in Electrochemistry, especially in the Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM) field. The visit was a part of the twinning agreement between the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg and IPC included in WP2 of NOBLESSE. During this visit Wojciech Nogala coordinated and conducted together with Justyna Jędraszko experiments on localized electrodeposition of platinum on flat conductive samples and its characterization by microscopic techniques – optical microscopy, atomic force microscopy and scanning electrochemical microscopy.

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In the period from 08.01.2014 to 18.01.2014, Prof. J. Lewiński visited the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge. The main purpose of the trip was to discuss with Prof. A. Wheatley and Prof. D. Wright the results obtained within the current collaborative research concerning the synthesis and design of ZnO nanoparticles and the synthesis of inorganic clusters for materials chemistry.

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During the period 16-29 March 2014 Dr. Gawinkowski visited the laboratories of Prof. Alfred Meixner at the University of Tübingen in Germany. The research group "Nano- Optics Tübingen - Microscopy and Laser Spectroscopy " directed by prof. Meixner is one of the world leader in the field of microscopy and optical spectroscopy in both the near and far field. The group is primarily known from the development of many new microscopic methods, building unique scientific instruments, and spectroscopy of single molecules.
The main purpose of the visit was to strengthen research cooperation between the groups in the nanoscopy and spectroscopy of individual molecules in the plasmonic environment.

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During the period of 17 February till 15 March 2014 Dr. Eng. Piotr Pięta visited the Department of Electrochemistry and Conducting Polymers in Leibniz-Institute for Solid State and Materials Research (L-ISSMR), Dresden (Germany), a partner of the NOBLESSE Project, Work Package WP3 „Chemo- and Biosensors – molecular imprinting”. Dr. Alexey Popow, the Head of the Department hosted the visit. The aim of the visit was to unravel the mechanism of electropolymerization of complexes of nickel(II) with the N2O2 Schiff base ligands.

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During the period of 03th - 21th March, Dr. Hubert Piwonski visited the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen in Germany. The visit was carried out under the formal cooperation started in 2012 by signing a twinning agreement between the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen and the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS in WP4 (Task 4.1) of the Noblesse project. The main purpose of the visit was to develop the scientific collaboration in the area of microresonators. During this visit dr. Piwonski had the opportunity to investigate the photophysics of porphycene molecules embedded in optical microresonators.

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During the period from 3 February 2014 to 3 March 2014, M.Sc. Marta Siek visited the Interdisciplinary Research Institute in Lille, France. The purpose of this month-long visit was the continuation of work started by M.Sc. Siek during her visit to IRI in November 2013. The research interest of the Research Group of Nanobiointerfaces involves using optical techniques such as Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) to detect bacteria. The main goal of the visit was to continue the work using SPR to detect specific bacteria strains with bacteriophages as recognition elements.

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During the period from 11 January to 8 February 2014 Dr. Krzysztof Noworyta visited the Department of Chemistry, University of Milan, Milan, Italy. During the twinning stay within the NOBLESSE Project, Dr. K. Noworyta was working in the group of Prof. Patrizia R. Mussini on the collaborative project involving the application of chiral thiophene monomers, synthesized in the University of Milan, to the preparation of chiral recognition films for chemosensor applications.

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During the time 2013-11-12 – 2013-12-12 M.Sc. Marta Siek visited the Interdisciplinary Research Institute in Lille, France. This month-long visit was a part of the twinning agreement between the Interdisciplinary Research Institute and Institute of Physical Chemistry included in WP2 of NOBLESSE. The research interest of the Research Group of Nanobiointerfaces involves, e.g. using optical techniques such as Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) to detect bacteria. The main goal of the visit was to learn the technique of SPR and to use it to detect specific bacteria strains with bacteriophages as recognition elements.

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Prof. Janusz Lewiński visited the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge (UK) between 25 - 31 August 2013. One of the main scientific goals of the ongoing cooperation with Cambridge University is development of synthetic strategies based on soft chemistry routes paying close attention to the stability, structure, and mechanisms of product formation. Moreover, during his visit Prof. Lewiński also discussed further plans within the framework of cooperation with Prof. Andrew Wheatley team including ZnO nanostructures preparation and functionalization towards catalytic applications.

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Dr Gonzalo Angulo from the Department of Photochemistry and Spectroscopy visited University of Geneva (Switzerland), from 2nd to 13th of December 2013. During the visit Dr. Angulo had the opportunity to discuss some ongoing projects with Prof. Eric Vauthey and members of his research group. Several topics were discussed regarding drafts of scientific articles currently in writing progress. Thanks to this visit Dr. Angulo had the opportunity of learning about interesting techniques of spectroscopy that could be possibly implemented in our institution. Ultrafast Photochemistry Group from the Department of Physical Chemistry of the University of Geneva is a partner of the Work Package WP4 "Biospectroscopy - platforms for molecular diagnostics".

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From 4th to 30th of August 2013 Dr. Wojciech Adamiak was visiting Prof. Frank Marken’s group in the University of Bath, Bath, UK. The aim of the visit was to learn how to prepare novel microgap electrodes and how to use them for studying electrochemistry at liquid-liquid interfaces. The main advantage of such electrodes over the traditional ones is the enhanced current response due to regeneration of electrochemically active analytes in a so-called generation-collection (G-C) mode. University of Bath is a partner of the Work Package WP2 "Nanostructures - nanostructural electrodes for biofuel cells and sensing".

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During the period of 22nd till 30 July, 2013, Dr. Agnieszka Pietrzyk-Le visited the Department of Chemistry of the University of Milan, Milan (Italy), a partner of the NOBLESSE Project, Work Package WP3 "Chemo- and Biosensors - molecular imprinting". The purpose of the trip to Milan was to discuss possibilities of using most appropriate cross-linking monomers for molecular imprinting of oligonucleotides. During her stay in Milan, Dr A. Pietrzyk-Le had a chance to meet several researchers of this Department, and Prof. Patrizia R. Mussini, Prof. Emauela Licandro, Prof. Stefano Maiorana, and Prof. Francesco Sannicolo among them. For Dr. A. Pietrzyk-Le, the discussions with researchers of this Department provided valuable information on the latest trends in the field of conducting polymers and the monomers used to prepare them.

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During the period of 22nd till 28th September, 2013, Prof. Tadeusz Zakroczymski, Dr. Iwona Flis-Kabulska and Dr. Arkadiusz Gajek visited Dr. Yong Sun, the researcher employed in the School of Engineering, Media and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Technology of De Montfort University (DMFU), Leicester (United Kingdom). Dr. Yong Sun is a Partner in the NOBLESSE Project, Work Package WP3 “Chemo- and Biosensors - molecular imprinting”.
The Framework Agreement on Cooperation between the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS (IPC PAS) and the De Montfort University was signed on 6th July 2012.
The visit in DMFU was related to the project “Surface modification with carbon introduced by plasma treatment and deposition from solution for improvement of electrocatalytic properties of cathodes for production of hydrogen” realized jointly by IPC PAS and DMFU.

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Dr. Y. Sun, Dr. A. Gajek, Dr. I. Flis-Kabulska and Prof. T. Zakroczymski at the front of the School of Engineering, Media and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Technology, DMFU.

 

During the period of 19th May till 21st June, M.Sc. Marcin D±browski visited the Institute of Molecular Sciences of the University of Bordeaux 1. His five-week research secondment to the Research Group of Analytical Nanosystems, headed by professor Alexander Kuhn, of this Institute was supported by the Work Package 3, Chemo- and biosensors - molecular imprinting, within twinning agreement between the University of Bordeaux 1 and the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS. The research interest of the Research Group of Analytical Nanosystems involves, i.a., preparation and characterization of electrodes of controlled porosity. Within our collaboration, we combine successful results of both groups to devise and fabricate improved chemosensors based on molecularly imprinted polymers. A broad knowledge and research experience in preparation of porous materials of the French partner with experimental approach developed in the Laboratory of Molecular Films of IPC PAS were exploited. The main goal of the secondment was to continue and strengthen the cooperation between our two research groups in the field of chemical sensors.

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During the period 21-30 June, Dr. Agnieszka Kamińska visited the National Centre for Sensor Research Research & Engineering Building, Dublin City University in Ireland. The main purpose of the visit was to explore the possibility of detection of cardiac biomarkers such as myoglobin and cardiac troponin I using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. The detection of those cardiac markers plays a vital role in diagnosing cardiovascular diseases. However, for diagnostic application of SERS technique, it is necessary to develop the highly sensitive, stable, biocompatible and reproducible SERS-active substrate. During this visit Dr. Kamińska investigated the possibility of using a novel silver-gold hybrid SERS surface developed in IPC PAS for the detection of myoglobin and cardiac troponin I.

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Dr. Agnieszka Kamińska in Raman Laboratory (DCU)

 

During the time 2013-01-07 - 2013-03-07 Dr Adam Le¶niewski was visiting the Interdisciplinary Research Institute in Lille, France. The main purpose of the trip was to modify solid substrates with reduced graphene oxide and use them as a base for sensors. Many valuable discussions with Prof. Sabine Szunerits and Dr Rabah Boukherroub have been performed. The interdisciplinary character of IRI makes many opportunities to discuss scientific problems with the specialists of very diverse background such as physicists, chemists and biologists.

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Dr Lesniewski in the lab

 

Dr. Wojciech Nogala visited Prof. Gunther Wittstock’s Group at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg in Germany between 17 December and 21 December 2012. Prof. Gunther Wittstock is a leading scientist in electrochemistry, especially in the field of scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM).

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Wojciech Nogala in front of scanning confocal laser microscope during the visit in Prof. Gunther Wittstock's laboratory in Oldenburg (examination of a nanoelectrode).

 

M. Sc. Kamil Sokołowski visited the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge (UK) for one month, from 15th of November to 16th of December, 2012. The main purposes of the visit were: new collaborations with polymer and supramolecular team in Cambridge University (Prof. Oren Sherman), a new task concerning ZnO nanoparticles synthesis for the on-going collaboration with Dr. Andrew Wheatley, the consultation about the task concerning design and synthesis of inorganic clusters for materials chemistry (Prof. Dominic Wright).

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Kamil Sokołowski at the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis (Department of Chemistry)

 

During the period 21 November -21 December, dr. Hubert Piwoński visited the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen in Germany. The main purpose of the visit was to continue and strengthen the scientific collaboration with prof. Meixner group. During this visit he had the opportunity to initiate the research on photophysics properties of single porphycene molecules embedded in optical microresonators and the research on tautomerism in single molecules.

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In the period of December 10-17, 2012 prof. Jacek Waluk visited the laboratory of prof. Alfred Meixner at the University of Tübingen, Germany. The laboratory, called Nano- Optics Tübingen/Microscopy and Laser spectroscopy, is one of the leading units in the world in the fields of optical microscopy. Its major achievements include (i) development of optical techniques based on focusing light using a parabolic mirror, (ii) working out methodologies that allow determination of orientation of nanoobjects in space by using special modes of light polarization; (iii) coupling optical and scanning tunneling microscopy techniques, which make it possible to carry out experiments in the area of TERS (tip- enhanced Raman spectroscopy).

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From the right: Prof. J. Waluk and Prof. A. Meixner, Tübingen 2012

 

Prof. Janusz Lewiński visited the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination at CNRS in Toulouse between 11th and 17th of November 2012. The week-long visit was a part of the twinning agreement between the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination at CNRS and the Institute of Physical Chemistry included in WP5 of NOBLESSE. The main purpose of the trip was to discuss and plan future collaboration and organise longer visits between the institutions. Discussions were held with our main collaborator Prof. Myrtil Kahn and the members of her group. Furthermore, the general areas of collaboration during future twinning visits were discussed both with Prof. Kahn and with the prospective visitors.

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Prof. Janusz Lewiński and Prof. Myrtil Kahn

 

In the period from 25.11.2012 to 30.11.2012, Dr. Martin Jönsson-Niedziółka visited the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bath. Fruitful discussions were held with our main collaborator Prof. Frank Marken and members of his group. Furthermore, the general areas of collaboration during future twinning visits were discussed both with Prof. Marken and with the prospective visitors. Visits were also arranged to the labs of Dr Petra Cameron whose work on microbial fuel cells and photoanodes partially overlaps with the research carried out in the Department of Electrode Processes.

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Prof. Paul R. Raithby, Head of Department of Chemistry, and Dr Martin Jönsson-Niedziółka after signing the framework agreement on cooperation between the Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, and the Institute of Physical Chemistry, PAS.

 

During the period 1 -27 October 2012 Dr hab. Jacek Dobkowski visited the laboratory of Prof. Eric Vauthey, University of Geneva¸ Switzerland. The main purpose of the visit was to continue and strengthen the scientific collaboration. During this visit Dr. Dokowski had the opportunity to discuss with Prof. Eric Vauthey and Dr. Sandra Mosquera-Vazquez the experimental results. To confirm (or, alternatively, to eliminate) the hypothesis of the excited state proton transfer, which is crucial for the understanding of the excited state energy degradation, it was decided to perform the time-resolved experiments in the infrared spectral region. Such experiment will be performed in Geneva in the near future.

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Dr. Dobkowski in the femtosecond laboratory of prof. Eric Vauthey.

 

During the period 30 September 2012 - 6 October 2012, Dr. Joanna Niedziółka-Jönsson visited the Interdisciplinary Research Institute in Lille, France. The main purpose of the trip was to discuss with Prof. Sabine Szunerits and Dr Rabah Boukherroub the results obtained within our current collaborative research concerning surfaces with deposited noble metal particles coated with thin layers of graphene and their application for biomolecular recognition. Another purpose of the visit was to plan further twinning and organise longer visits between our institutes.

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Dr Joanna Niedziółka-Jönsson with Prof. Sabine Szunerits in the lab at the Interdisciplinary Research Institute.

 

Prof. Janusz Lewiński visited the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, between 3rd and 11th of June 2012. During the visit Prof. J. Lewiński and Dr A. Wheatley discussed their work on the chapter on organoaluminium chemistry to the Topics in Organometallic Chemistry. They also discussed and prepared for publication of the results concerning the ongoing project on ligand coated ZnO quantum dots. Prof. J. Lewiński and Dr O. Scherman discussed the preliminary results of the newly initiated common project on the encapsulation of ZnO quantum dots by properly designed polymer chains. The aim of the visit was also to organise longer visits between our institutes.

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Prof. J. Lewinski and Dr O. Scherman

 

M.Sc. Kamil Sokołowski visited the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, between 2nd and 16th of June 2012. K. Sokołowski consulted on the issues related to the synthesis and characterization of ZnO nanoparticles. In particular, during the visit the main directions of a future research project concerning the stabilization of ZnO quantum dots by desired polymeric shells were discussed.

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Prof. D. Wright laboratory - K. Sokołowski

 

Dr. Piotr Zarzycki visited the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge (UK) for two weeks, from 2nd to 16th of June 2012. The main purposes of his visit were: (1) the establishment of new collaboration with computational and experimental teams in the University of Cambridge, (2) the formulation of a molecular modelling task for the ongoing collaboration with Dr A. Wheatley, (3) the enhancement of the visibility of the Institute of Physical Chemistry as a leading scientific research institute in Poland. During his visit, Dr P. Zarzycki discussed the possible collaboration with Dr P. Barker

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Dr. P. Zarzycki

 

Prof. Janusz Lewiński visited the Department of Chemistry of the University of Cambridge between 30th of April and 12th of May 2012. During the visit Prof. J. Lewiński and Dr A. Wheatley discussed their work on the chapter to the Topics in Organometallic Chemistry (Springer). The visit also provided an opportunity to discuss and plan future collaboration with the research groups of Prof. D. Wright and Dr O. A. Scherman.

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Prof. D. Wright and Prof. J. Lewiński

 

Dr. Agnieszka Michota-Kamińska from the Department of Photochemistry and Spectroscopy visited the Dublin City University, Ireland (22 April - 28 April 2012). Professor Tia Keyes hosted the visit. During the stay Dr. Agnieszka Michota-Kamińska had the opportunity to present a seminar at the School of Chemical Science, DCU (enclosed as Attachment No. 1) revolved around the following topics: presentation of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, presentation of the NOBLESSE Project, invitation to participate in the Advanced Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy (AIRS) Conference. Dr. Agnieszka Michota-Kaminska also popularized the research potential of IPC- PAS by presenting a seminar entitled: “Highly reproducible, stable and multiply regenerated surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrate for biomedical applications”.

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Dr. Agnieszka Michota-Kamińska, School of Chemical Sciences DCU, Dublin.

 

Dr. Gonzalo Angulo, adjunct in the Department of Photochemistry and Spectroscopy was seconded for a period of one week (18-23.III.2012) to the University of Geneva (Switzerland). The main aim of the visit was to continue and strengthen scientific collaboration and create a joint research group for participation in future EU Programmes. During the visit Dr. Gonzalo Angulo had the opportunity to discuss several ongoing projects with Professor Eric Vauthey and members of his research group. Drafts of several scientific articles currently being prepared for publication were reviewed. A future visit of one of Prof. Vauthey’s collaborators to the Institute of Physical Chemistry was also discussed.

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In the period from 2012-01-29 to 2012-02-04, Dr. Martin Jönsson-Niedziółka visited the School of Chemistry of the University of Edinburgh. The main purpose of the trip was to discuss and plan future collaboration and arrange longer visits between our institutes. Another objective was to use the opportunity to grow vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on samples which had been prepared in advance.

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Dr. Martin Jönsson-Niedziółka with the thermal CVD used for CNT growth in the group of Prof. Eleanor E. B. Campbell.