Coordination metal complexes and functional materials

Research group no. 9

Coordination metal complexes and functional materials

Group leader

prof. dr hab. Janusz Lewiński

Research topics

The research of the Lewinski Group is centred at the interface between design and synthesis of molecular precursors, self-assembly processes and macroscopic properties of the materials. Basing on the strong background from fundamental inorganic and organometallic chemistry, we rationally design the suitable precursors for the bottom-up synthesis of functional materials such as:

  • perovskite materials for photovoltaic applications;
  • semiconducting nanoparticles (primarily ZnO) for biomedical and solar cell applications;
  • non-covalent porous materials (NPMs) and porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for gas storage and drug delivery.

The group also specialises in mechanochemical synthesis, which we succeeded in applying to various types of materials ranging from molecular complexes to MOFs and semiconductor nanocrystals.


  • mgr inż. Krzysztof Budny-Godlewski
  • dr inż. Elżbieta Chwojnowska
  • mgr inż. Anna Cieślak
  • dr hab. Inż. Marek Cinal
  • dr Vijay Gupta 
  • dr inż. Iwona Justyniak
  • mgr inż. Arkadiusz Kornowicz 
  • dr Aneta Kowalska 
  • mgr inż. Piotr Krupiński 
  • dr inż. Michał Leszczyński 
  • mgr inż. Wojciech Marynowski
  • mgr inż. Jan Nawrocki
  • mgr inż. Karolina Opała
  • mgr Rashmi Runjhun 
  • mgr Marcin Saski
  • dr Kamil Sokołowski
  • mgr inż. Katarzyna Sołtys-Brzostek
  • dr Adam Tulewicz
  • mgr inż. Zbigniew Wróbel



Sahm, C., Mates-Torres, E., Eliasson, N., Sokolowski, K., Wagner, A., Dalle, K., Huang, Z., Scherman, O. A., Hammarström, L., Garcia-Melchor, M., Reisner, E.
Imidazolium-modification enables enhanced photocatalytic CO2 reduction on ZnSe quantum dots.
Chemical Science,

Budny-Godlewski, K., Michał, L. K., Tulewicz, A., Justyniak, I., Pinkowicz, D., Sieklucka, B., Kruczała, K., Sojka, Z., Lewinski, J.
A Case Study on the Desired Selectivity in the Solid-state Mechano- and Slow-chemistry, Melt, and Solution Methodologies.

Zelga, K., Pietrzak, T., Han, T., Justyniak, I., Chwojnowska, E., Sobota, P., Lewinski, J.

Effectiveness of the Oxygenation over Classical Protonolysis Reactions: A Case of Alkylzinc Complexes Incorporating an Aminoalcoholate Ligand.

Chemistry – A European Journal,

Pietrzak, T., Justyniak, I., Zelga, K., Nowak, K., Ochal, Z., Lewiński, J.

Towards deeper understanding of multifaceted chemistry of magnesium alkylperoxides.

Communications Chemistry,

Sokołowski, K., Huang, J., Földes, T., McCune, J. A., Xu, D. D., de Nijs, B., Chikkaraddy, R., Collins, S. M., Rosta, E., Baumberg, J. J., & Scherman, O. A.
Nanoparticle surfactants for kinetically arrested photoactive assemblies to track light-induced electron transfer.
Nature Nanotechnology,