Spectroscopic and microscopic (STM/AFM) studies of intermolecular interactions

Research group no. 21

Spectroscopic and microscopic (STM/AFM) studies of intermolecular interactions

Group leader

prof. dr hab. inż. Robert Nowakowski

Research topics

The research of the group is focused on the investigations of surface phenomena. High-resolution Scanning Probe Microscopy (STM / AFM) is the predominant research technique. The main research topics are: surface phenomena associated with the generation of rare earth metal hydrides, self-assembly processes of organic semiconductors, catalytic processes on the surfaces of bimetallic nanoparticles, surface processes in phospholipid layers and biological cells. The goal is to apply research in environmental conditions in a complementary manner, enabling the connection of local microscopic observation (providing information about the surface structure) with changes in other properties, relevant for practical applications (e.g. rheological, electrical, electronic, catalytic, optical).


  • dr Antonio Fernandez Ropero
  • dr Kamil Kotwica 
  • mgr inż. Emil Kowalewski 
  • mgr inż. Klaudyna Krzyżewska 
  • mgr inż. Agnieszka Lewalska-Graczyk 
  • dr inż. Agnieszka Maranda-Niedbała 
  • dr inż. Piotr Pięta
  • dr inż. Izabela Stefanowicz-Pięta
  • dr hab. Anna Śrębowata, prof.IChF
  • mgr inż. Bartosz Zawadzki



Kowalewski, E., Zawadzki, B., Matus, K., Nikiforow, K., Śrębowata,
A Continuous-flow hydrogenation over resin supported palladium catalyst for the synthesis of industrially relevant chemicals.
Reaction Kinetics, Mechanisms and Catalysis https://doi.org/10.1007/s11144-020-01922-5

Kowalewski, E., Krawczyk, M., Słowik, G., Kocik, J., Pieta, I. S., Chernyayeva, O., Lisovytskiy, D., Matus, K., Śrębowata, A.
Continuous-flow hydrogenation of nitrocyclohexane toward value-added products with CuZnAl hydrotalcite derived materials.
Applied Catalysis A: General, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcata.2021.118134

Fernández-Ropero, A. J., Zawadzki, B., Kowalewski, E., Pieta, I. S., Krawczyk, M., Matus, K., Lisovytskiy, D., Śrębowata, A.
Continuous 2-Methyl-3-Butyn-2-ol Selective Hydrogenation on Pd/γ-Al2O3 as a Green Pathway of Vitamin A Precursor Synthesis.
Catalysts, https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11040501

Majewska, M., Zamlynny, V., Pieta, I. S., Nowakowski, R., & Piet, P.
Interaction of LL-37 human cathelicidin peptide with a model microbial-like lipid membrane.
Bioelectrochemistry, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bioelechem.2021.107842

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, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.snb.2021.130276