WP5 - Green nanotechnology

Leader - Prof. Janusz Lewi
vice-leader - Dr. Iwona Justyniak
Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Report on the selection of a candidate for an adiunkt position in the IPC PAS (8/12/2011)

Task 5.1 Exchange of know-how and experience through twinning and networking (visits)
Establishing and developing two-way secondments of research staff between the IPC PAS and three knowledgeable and experienced partnering organisations to improve IPC PAS research potential in the following areas of nanotechnology and materials chemistry:
- Development of synthetic strategies based on soft chemistry routes paying close attention to the stability,
structure, and mechanisms of product formation.
- Novel main group polyhedral clusters as a building blocks of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).
- Design, synthesis and characterisation of co-ordination framework polymers, non-covalent porous materials
and chiral open framework materials based on main groups metal complexes.
- Mechanochemistry as a novel non-solvent synthetic route for functional metal-organic and supramolecular
materials and its significance for environment and industry.
- Post-synthetic modification of MOFs.
- Application of open-framework materials for chiral molecules and gas separation, and the storage of energy
gases such as methane and hydrogen.
- Design and preparation of well-defined precursors of non-heavy metal oxide nanoparticles and development of
a new low temperature route to nanocrystalline ZnO.
- Functionalization of metal oxide nanparticles: biomedical and catalytical aspects.
The European partnership will enable strengthening of co operation in the field of metal oxide nanoparticles synthesis and characterization, soft-chemistry approach and mechanochemistry as tools for coordination polymers and metal-organic frameworks. This exploitable synergy will allow to bring new quality in metal oxide nanoparticles preparations, particularly devising new nano-scaled ZnO-based technology, MOFs preparations and their post synthetic modification. The planning phase of our collaboration being complete, we now seek to enhance our link through the strategic exchange of young scientists.
In order to upgrade the IPC PAS research potential, two way mutual secondments between IPC PAS and three different experienced European scientific organizations will be implemented in the following subjects:
- soft chemistry and mechanochemistry as efficient routes to novel precursors and nanomaterials,
- nanocages and inorganic-organic porous materials of desired physical and/or chemical properties,
- open-framework materials for chiral molecules and gas separation, and the storage energy gases,
- non-heavy metal oxide nanoparticles and their employment in catalysis, surface fabrication and fine- chemical
synthesis, and biomedical applications,
Twinning agreements will be signed between IPC PAS and the following academic research institutions
(indicated below head of group or someone from his/her group ):
1. Cambridge University, Department of Chemistry: Prof. Dominic Wright (design and synthesis of inorganic
clusters and materials), Dr. Andrew Wheatley (nanoparticles synthesis and characterization, nanomaterials
for catalysis and biomedical applications), Dr. Tomislav Friscic (mechanochemistry as a tool for coordination
polymers, porous metal-organic frameworks, supramolecular materials for pharmaceutical applications), Dr.
Oren A. Scherman. (design and synthesis of functional nanosystems and supramolecular hybrid materials in
aqueous environments).
2. Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination CNRS in Toulouse: Prof. Bruno Chaudret and Prof. Myrtil Kahn
(synthesis and characterization of metal oxides nanoparticles and their applications in catalysis).
3. Nottingham University, School of Chemistry: Prof. Martin Schroder (Porous MOFs construction and their
post-synthetic modification, gas storage and separation).

Task leader: Prof. Janusz Lewi
ński and M.Sc. Kamil Sokołowski

Task 5.2 Recruitment of two experienced researchers
To develop the scientific capabilities and human potential of IPC PAS in the field of the new environmentally friendly materials of desired functionality will be recruited two postdoctoral research associates (PDRA) for a total of 24-months. Their expertise will help us to upgrade our scientific level in the area of nanoparticle and hybrid microporous materials. They would join our running research projects, deliver lectures and seminars for the staff and PhD students of IPC PAS, participate in training of young researchers, schools as well as develop new quality of research. One PDRA position is planning for the young Polish scholar from abroad, Dr. Piotr Zarzycki, currently employed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, WA, USA) whose declare to return to Poland within a few months. Dr Piotr Zarzycki is at an early career stage with excellent scientific achievements. He has already initiated collaboration with the Lewiński's group on the application of computational methods to enhance understanding of the new materials and the preliminary data confirming the promise of this approach. We will also seek to recruit a PDRA in the area of functionalization of nanomaterials and preparation of bioconjugates for biomedical applications. Applicant is expected to be active researcher and has track-record of significant research achievements in nanoparticles preparation and their functionalization and at least matching one or more of the following benchmarks:
a) publications in major international peer-reviewed scientific journals,
b) satisfactory number of citation registered by ILSI
c) invited presentation in well established international conferences,
d) international practice in the sense of scholarship outside the country of applicant,
e) experience in organization of international conferences and workshops,
f) capability in knowledge transfer.

Task leader: Prof. Janusz Lewiński

Task 5.3 Facilitation of IPC PAS staff participation at international conferences
At least three international congresses, conferences and symposia will be targeted, among them:
- 4th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, 2012.
- 25th International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry (ICOMC 2012), Lisboa, Portugal
- 4th International Conference on Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, 2012, Paris, France
Facilitated participation at the event will be possible on the condition of having at least one talk lecture/research report will be presented.

Task leader: M.Sc. Kamil Sokołowski

Task 5.4 Organization of the conference on functional materials for biology, medicine and environment
Nanotechnology makes possible rational designing and synthesis of new materials with powerful properties useful in numerous life areas. We will organize at IPC PAS, Warsaw a high-profile International Conference (in 2014) with leading scientists in this area. The Conference will summarize the major advances in synthesis and characterization of porous materials and semiconductor nanoparticles.
The specific topics will be presented and discussed (one or more): synthesis and characterizations of porous materials, gas storage and catalytic applications of porous materials, semiconductor nanocrystals for biomedical applications, stabilization and solubilization strategies of quantum dots, biofunctionalization.
Expected date: March-April 2014.

Task leader: Dr. Iwona Justyniak

Task 5.5 Organization of the Workshop - Mechanochemistry as an environmentally-friendly, solvent- and energy-efficient route for the synthesis and screening of nanostructured materials
Methodologies that avoiding the use of bulk solvents in synthesis reduce environmental effect of research and manufacturing processes. Development of mechanochemical methodologies opens unique new pathways to conduct chemical transformations in a cost-, solvent- and energy-efficient manner, with remarkable potential in the laboratory, as well as in industrial research. We will organize a high-profile workshop (in 2013) to summarize current knowledge on non-solvent synthesis of functional materials, including porous metal-organic frameworks, zeolitic frameworks, metal clusters, metallopharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical cocrystals.
Expected date: January -March 2013.

Task leader: Dr. Monika Asztemborska