Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Dr. Palanisamy Kannan

Dr. Palanisamy Kannan won an open contest for an "adiunkt" position
and he was employed from 15th October 2012 to 30th September 2014
within the NOBLESSE project (WP2) in prof. Marcin Opallo's group
"Modified electrodes for potential application in sensors and cells" and
Joanna Niedziolka-Jonsson's group "Surface nanoengineering for
chemo- and biosensors".
Dr. Palanisamy Kannan is a high-quality scientist specializing in
materials science and electrochemistry. We hope to benefit from his
knowledge and experience he gained during his studies in India and
postdoctoral stay at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He will
participate in a few projects oriented to the development of new
electrocatalytic and/or spectroscopically active materials. In particular,
he will be engaged in preparing nanoparticles and nanoparticulate films,
characterizing them by electrochemical and microscopic methods and
testing their electrocatalytic properties towards a wide range of
substrates and spectroscopic properties. In this way new catalytic
electrodes with prospective application in sensors for biologically active
compounds and (bio)fuel cells will be developed. Other nanoparticulate
substrates will be prepared to exhibit Surface Plasmon Resonance
phenomenon sensitive to biologically active analytes. Furthermore he
will also be involved in the studies of electrocatalytic properties of
metallic nanoparticles suspended in solution.
Dr. Katarzyna Wójcik
Dr Katarzyna Wójcik was emloyed on 1 September 2012 as an adjunct in the Institute's
research team "Coordination complexes and functional materials" under the supervision of
Professor Janusz Lewiński.
She received MSc and Engineer (MEng) degree in chemical sciences from Warsaw
University of Technology and she defended doctoral thesis at the Technical University of
Chemnitz. She extended her knowledge of biological and biochemical aspects in the field
of oncoproteomics at  VUmc Cancer Centrum Amsterdam.
Dr Wójcik worked as a research scientist and project leader at Medisse BV (Netherlands)
where she was involved in the production of soft tissue implants starting from the
synthesis, development and process optimization of the biodegradable polymers
production, in vivo and in vitro studies for medical devices.
Dr Katarzyna Wójcik is a highly experienced specialist in the field of organometallic and
inorganic chemistry as well as biodegradable polymers for biomedical applications.
Dr. Piotr Pięta
Dr. Piotr Pięta filled the position of Experienced Researcher in the field of chemical
sensors in the Laboratory of Molecular Films of the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS.
Dr. P. Pięta is an expert in the area of application of electrochemistry in the determination
of biologically significant compounds and in polymer science. He gained his experience as
a post-doctoral research fellow (2010-2012) in the research group of Prof. Jacek Lipkowski
in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the University of Guelph, Ontario,
Canada. The objective of his research was to study the mechanism of disruption of model
bacterial cell membranes by antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) with scanning tunnelling
microscopy (STM).
Within NOBLESSE, Dr. P. Pięta will focus on devising and fabricating novel thin-layer
materials of composites of the carbon-based nanostructures coated with multi-polymer thin
films with tuneable properties potentially useful for application in both the energy storage
and conversion devices as well as in chemical sensors for selective determination of
biorelevant analytes.  He will study electrochemical and nano-mechanical properties of
these materials mostly using electrochemical PeakForce Tapping AFM and piezoelectric
microgravimetry at an electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM).
Dr. Piotr Pięta started his work on 1st August 2012 as an assistant professor (adiunkt) in
the Laboratory of Molecular Films headed by Prof. Włodzimierz Kutner.
Dr. Arumugam Sivanesan

Dr. Arumugam Sivanesan completed his PhD at the Gandhigram Rural University -
Deemed University, Tamil Nadu, India and continued his postdoctoral research at Technical
University of Berlin in the group of Professor Peter Hildebrandt, a leading specialist in
Raman Spectrosopy; (vibrational spectroscopy, (resonance) Raman, IR, SE(R)R, SEIRA,
quantum chemical spectra calculations, methodological developments in vibrational
spectroscopy). Dr Sivanesan has more than six years' research experience and he has
published two book chapters and ten research articles in reputed international journals in
the field of surface enhanced resonance Raman spectroscopy and colloidal chemistry. He
was also involved in a lot of collaborative projects at the TU Berlin and University of
Potsdam which were very successful.
He started his employment in the Department of Photochemistry and Spectroscopy
headed by Prof. Jacek Waluk on 1 March 2012.
Dr. Wojciech Nogala

Dr. Wojciech Nogala is a Polish scientist who has just returned from the United States
after a period of working in the lab of Prof. Michael V. Mirkin at Queens College in New
York. Dr Nogala is a leading expert in Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy and will be
working on  the investigation of nanostuctured electrodes at the micro level. His work in the
Mirkin lab involved a project on single molecule detection and kinetics and it is believed
that he will be a valuable asset for IPC PAS in bringing those skills back to Poland. Dr
Nogala will extend his research area by the application of scanning electrochemical
microscopy to the creation of nanomaterials at solid surfaces. At present, there is no
research group in Poland using and developing this technique.
Dr. Wojciech Nogala was employed on 1 January 2012 as an adjunct in the Department of
Electrode Processes headed by Professor Marcin Opałło.
Dr. Piotr Zarzycki

In order to support the experimental research conducted in the Institute by theoretical
calculations, Dr. Piotr Zarzycki was employed on 1 October 2011 as an adjunct in the
Institute's research team "Coordination complexes and functional materials" under the
supervision of Professor Janusz Lewiński.
Dr. Piotr Zarzycki is currently designing a computer cluster based on the classical
processors architecture and graphical processing units.
Dr. Piotr Zarzycki has already worked in a modeling support mode for the experimental
chemical synthesis group in the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland for the
last three years. He has acquired knowledge and experience by taking part in many
multitask projects in which molecular modeling was an essential element of a modern
chemical synthesis design. Prof. Lewinski's group, as the first one in the IPC PAS, is
trying to develop a very similar multiscale project strategy as a new approach to modern
scientific research, which, although novel in Poland, is a common practice for large
scientific projects carried out in Europe and the US (e.g. grants funded by NSF or DOE).