Functional Polymers

Research group no. 18

Functional Polymers

Group leader

dr hab. Piyush Sindhu Sharma

Research topics

1. Biomimetic materials for selective catalysis
Designing and synthesis of molecularly imprinted polymers allowing for mimicking active site of enzymes for selective electro- and photocatalysis. Development of materials for separation and sensing as well as degradation of toxins.   

2. Nanostructured materials

  • Development of soft and hard templating procedures for nano-structuring in polymers for enhancement of active surface area.
  • Synthesis of multifunctional nanoparticles.
  • Development of functional ultrathin multilayered films via controlled polymerization for sensor applications.


  • dr inż. Maciej Cieplak 
  • mgr Jakub Kałęcki 
  • mgr Patrycja Łach 
  • dr inż. Kamila Łępicka 
  • dr inż. Krzysztof Noworyta 
  • dr Joanna Piechowska 
  • mgr Alcina Sudagar 
  • mgr Nabila Yasmeen 


Designing of Biomimetic Materials

  • Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) – Synthesis of polymers with molecular cavities capable of selective recognition of molecules for devising selective chemosensors.
  • Polymer films with developed surface – Deposition of micro-/nanostructured conductive polymer films for improved chemosensing, and energy storage.
  • Polymer electrocatalysts – Application of conductive polymer films as a selective electrocatalysts.



Mazuryk, J., Sharma, P. S., & Kutner, W.
Molecularly imprinted polymer composites in drug delivery.
Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Composites,

Lach, P., Cieplak, M., Noworyta, K. R., Pieta, P., Lisowski, W., Kalecki, J., Chitta, R., D’Souza, F., Kutner, W., & Sharma, P. S.
Self-reporting molecularly imprinted polymer with the covalently immobilized ferrocene redox probe for selective electrochemical sensing of p-synephrine.
Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical,

Jyoti, Gonzato, C., Żołek, T., Maciejewska, D., Kutner, A., Merlier, F., Haupt, K., Sharma, P. S., Noworyta, K. R., & Kutner, W.

Molecularly imprinted polymer nanoparticles-based electrochemical chemosensors for selective determination of cilostazol and its pharmacologically active primary metabolite in human plasma.

Biosensors and Bioelectronics,

Yasmeen, N., Etienne, M., Sharma, P. S., El-Kirat-Chatel, S., Helú, M. B., & Kutner, W.
Molecularly imprinted polymer as a synthetic receptor mimic for capacitive impedimetric selective recognition of Escherichia coli K-12.
Analytica Chimica Acta,

Ayerdurai, V., Garcia-Cruz, A., Piechowska, J., Cieplak, M., Borowicz, P., Noworyta, K. R., Spolnik, G., Danikiewicz, W., Lisowski, W., Pietrzyk-Le, A., D’Souza, F., Kutner, W., & Sharma, P. S.
Selective Impedimetric Chemosensing of Carcinogenic Heterocyclic Aromatic Amine in Pork by dsDNA-Mimicking Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Film-Coated Electrodes.
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,

Jyoti, Rybakiewicz, R., Zolek, T., Maciejewska, D., Gilant, E., Buś-Kwaśnik, K., Kutner, A., Noworyta, K., & Kutner, W.
Cilostazol-imprinted polymer film-coated electrode as an electrochemical chemosensor for selective determination of cilostazol and its active primary metabolite.
Journal of Materials Chemistry B,


Yasmeen, N., Kalecki, J., Borowicz, P., Kutner, W., & Sharma, P. S.
Electrochemically Initiated Synthesis of Polyacrylamide Microgels and Core-shell Particles.
ACS Applied Polymer Materials,

Bartold, K., Iskierko, Z., Borowicz, P., Noworyta, K., Lin, C.-Y., Kalecki, J., Sharma, P. S., Lin, H.-Y., & Kutner, W.
Molecularly imprinted polymer-based extended-gate field-effect transistor (EG-FET) chemosensor for selective determination of matrix metalloproteinase-1 (MMP-1) protein.
Biosensors and Bioelectronics,

Łępicka, K., Sharma, P., Borowicz, P., Francius, G., & Walcarius, A.
Get closer to the intrinsic properties of Ni2+salen polymer semiconductors accessed by chain isolation inside silica nanochannels.
Journal of Materials Chemistry C,

Jyoti, Żołek, T., Maciejewska, D., Gilant, E., Gniazdowska, E., Kutner, A., Noworyta, K. R., & Kutner, W.
Polytyramine Film-Coated Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Electrochemical Chemosensor with Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Nanoparticles for Duloxetine-Selective Determination in Human Plasma.
ACS Sensors,