Chemistry in Confined Spaces

Research group no. 7

Chemistry in Confined Spaces

Group leader

dr hab. Sashuk Volodymyr

Research topics

Our research concerns confined matter. We wonder how molecules and larger particles behave in the restricted space they create. We are particularly interested in the use of these changes, which occur autonomously or under the influence of external stimuli, for self-assembly, catalysis and creation of functional systems.


  • mgr inż. Sandra Kosiorek
  • mgr Mykola Kravets
  • dr Dawid Lichosyt
  • dr Nazar Rad
  • mgr Grzegorz Sobczak


Switchable catalysis

We are interested in catalysis toggled (switched on and off) in response to external stimuli,  especially when it happens due to geometric constraints. We introduced a new concept of controlling chemical reactions by light through the reversible hiding of catalytic centers within a crowded chemical environment.

Supramolecular chemistry

We study the reactivity of chemical species arrested in supramolecular cavities or interligand and interparticle spaces. We also develop new colloidal and supramolecular systems and use them in molecular recognition.

Dynamic and responsive systems

We employ confinement effects induced by external triggers for assembling colloids and supramolecular structures in a reversible fashion.


We have a wide range of instrumental tools and lab equipment facilitating our research.



Butkiewicz, H., Sashuk, V., & Danylyuk, O.
Incorporation of carboxylated pillar[5]arene and strontium (II) into supramolecular coordination complexes of different nuclearity.

Wiloch, M. Z., Kuna, E., Kosiorek, S., Sashuk, V., & Jonsson-Niedziolka, M.
The spectroelectrochemical behaviour of 1,4‐dimethoxypillar[5]arene (P5A) and its monomer in different organic solvents.

Kravets, M., Misztalewska-Turkowicz, I., & Sashuk, V. 
Plasmonic Nanoprobes Gauging the Length and Flexibility of α,ω-Alkanedicarboxylic Acids With an Optical Readout. 
Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical,


Kravets, K., Kravets, M., Butkiewicz, H., Kosiorek, S., Sashuk, V., & Danylyuk, O.
Electrostatic co-assembly of pillar[n]pyridiniums and calix[4]arene in aqueous media.

Butkiewicz, H., Kosiorek, S., Sashuk, V., Zimnicka, M., & Danylyuk, O.
Inclusion of Pentamidine in Carboxylated Pillar[5]arene: Late Sequential Crystallization and Diversity of Host–Guest Interactions.
Crystal Growth & Design,

Kośnik, W., Lichosyt, D., Śnieżek, M., Janaszkiewicz, A., Woźniak, K., Malińska, M., Trzaskowski, B., Kajetanowicz, A., Grela, K., & Grubbs, R. H.
Ruthenium Olefin Metathesis Catalysts Bearing Macrocyclic N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligand: Improved Stability and Activity.
Angewandte Chemie International Edition,

Rad, N., & Sashuk, V.
Effect of Na+ and K+ on the cucurbituril-mediated hydrolysis of a phenyl acetate.
Chemical Communications,

Kravets, M., Misztalewska-Turkowicz, I., & Sashuk, V.
Probing E/Z Isomerism Using Pillar[4]pyridinium/Gold Nanoparticle Ensembles and Their Photoresponsive Behavior.

Ostapiuk, Y. V., Ostapiuk, M. Y., Barabash, O. V., Kravets, M., Herzberger, C., Namyslo, J. C., Obushak, M. D., & Schmidt, A.
One-Pot Syntheses of Substituted 2-Aminothiazoles and 2-Aminoselenazoles via Meerwein Arylation of Alkyl Vinyl Ketones.


  • dr Oksana Danylyuk - Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS
  • Prof. Marcin Fiałkowski - Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS
  • Prof. Daniel Gryko - Institute of Organic Chemistry PAS
  • Prof. Marcin Opałło - Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS
  • Prof. Agnieszka Szumna - Institute of Organic Chemistry PAS


2017-2020 OPUS (NCN)

"Allosteric photoregulation in macrocyclic hosts" ( 1 296 160 PLN).

2015-2020 SONATA BIS (NCN)

"Photoswitchable catalysis on the surface of colloidal particles" (1 671 190 PLN).

2013-2015 Iuventus Plus III (MNiSW)

"Synthesis of pillar[n]arene derivatives for molecular recognition in water" (245 000 PLN).

2012-2013 Iuventus Plus II (MNiSW)

 "Charged nanoparticles at interfaces: controlled integration in two dimensions" (116 200 PLN). 

2011-2014 SONATA (NCN)

"Self-assembly of nanoparticles at fluid interfaces: towards new nanostructured materials" (509 600 PLN). 

2010-2011 Iuventus Plus I (MNiSW)

"The use of metathesis for the preparation of nanocomposite materials" (200 000 PLN).