Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS
National Science Centre of Poland (NCN)
Project title, type and project number
Paper and other fibrous materials as micro/nanomolds for deposition on electrodes surface molecularly imprinted polymers of developed surface, Project No. 2018/31/D/ST5/02890, SONATA 14, 5/2022
dr Maciej Cieplak
According to L. C. Pauling, a two noble prize winner, the secret of life is hidden in molecular recognition, that is the ability of one molecule to “recognize” another through weak bonding interactions. Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) are tailor made recognizing materials that can mimic recognition of biological receptors. They outperform these natural receptors in several aspects including durability, chemical stability, and low production costs. If used for chemosensors fabrication, they should be deposited on transducers surfaces as thin films to facilitate analyte binding close to this surface. Novel techniques of MIP deposition as thin films, surface development of MIP these films, or introduction of unique properties are very much demanded in terms of selective and sensitive chemosensors fabrication.
Therefore, in recent years special attention has been paid to syntheses of micro- and nanostructured MIPs. Sacrificial mold synthesis is the method that offers the most precise control over the structure of the synthesized nanometrials. This synthesis involves MIP deposition inside porous materials, i.e., colloidal crystals of silica and polymer spherical beads. Then, the mold is removed resulting in pending nanostructured MIP deposition in the form of micro-/nanorods, filaments, stripes or dots. This nanostructuring provides significant MIP surface development and, consequently, enhances MIP chemosensor sensitivity, detectability, and shortens its response time.
Within this project new methods of micro- and nanostructured MIP films deposition will be introduced. For that purpose, cellulose paper and other inexpensive fibrous materials, namely cellulose acetate filter membranes, fabric or cotton wool will be applied as the sacrificial molds. Moreover, we will apply these films for devising selective chemosensors for selected antibiotics and hormones, that pollute food products.
Number of vacancies
Key responsibilities include
Position in the project
Student – scholarship position
• We offer 1 000 PLN* per month scholarship financed by the NCN SONATA 14 Project No. 2018/31/D/ST5/02890. The position is scheduled for a period of 9 months.
Position starts on
Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement
Work in the outstanding scientific institution in the dynamic research group with members representing diverse interests and qualifications – see details on the website: http://groups.ichf.edu.pl/sharma
Career development prospects at IPC PAS
Opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary research department with strong support from chemistry and physics group within the Institute. The student will have the opportunities, such as participation in project focused on applied research, attending and presenting research results in nationals and Internationals conferences, and visits in international partner laboratories.
Supramolecular chemistry, Electrochemistry, Polymer chemistry, Nanotechnology, Analytical Chemistry
Scientific profile of a candidate
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Key assessment criteria
The scholarship will be awarded in accordance with the NSC regulations: „Regulamin przyznawania stypendiów naukowych w projektach badawczych finansowanych ze środków narodowego centrum nauki”
"( REGULATIONS ON AWARDING SCHOLARSHIPS IN NCN-FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS https://www.ncn.gov.pl/sites/default/files/pliki/regulaminy/ncn_scholarships_in_projects_en.pdf and in accordance with the Employment policy of the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS (http://ichf.edu.pl/employment_policy.pdf )
Envisaged Job Starting Date: 14th of March, 2022.
Application Deadline: 1th of March, 2022
The Commission will take into account the following criteria:
a) competences of candidates for specific tasks in a research project (0-3 points, 30 % weight of the final grade),
b) the candidate’s research achievements, including publications in academic press/ journals (0-4 points, 50 % weight of the final grade),
c) awards resulting from conducting research, scholarships, prizes and research experience gained outside the candidate’s research unit at home or abroad, research workshops and training attended, participation in research projects (0-4 points, 20 % weight of the final grade).
IMPORTANT: email title “Rekrutacja nr 5/2022”;
*under the condition that according to NCN regulations regarding SONATA 14 call a total amount of remuneration and scholarships received from the NCN funded source does not exceed 4 500 PLN per month. Scholarships funded within ETIUDA call are excluded from the above limit.
Deadline for the settlement of the competition
Archival announcement. We would like to thank all candidates for their submitted applications.