Polymeric and Hybrid Nanomaterials for Biological Applications

Research profile

The research areas of the Polymeric and Hybrid Nanomaterials for Biological Applications Group cover several scientific fields such as organic chemistry, physical chemistry and biological chemistry. Research topics are based on self-organization of multi-component organic systems. They are composed of synthetic and natural materials, which are used as colloids and as systems deposited on solid substrates. Our Group detailed research areas include design, synthesis and characterization of new polymeric systems as carriers for biologically active substances, hybrid materials for biomedical applications in anti-cancer therapy and gene therapy as well as for environmental protection. Our research also includes the preparation and functionalization of substrates and scaffolds for cell culture and their use in tissue engineering.

Field of expertise

  • Development of chemical synthesis methods.
  • Characterization of new compounds by spectroscopic methods.
  • Supramolecular self-organization of polymeric and hybrid materials.
  • Design and preparation of new hybrid systems with reduced toxicity.
  • Preparation of liposomes and magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications.
  • Modifications of surfaces using polymers and other organic coatings.
  • Characterization of the interaction of cells with various substrates.
  • Functionalization of polymeric substrate for controlled cellular response.
  • Measurements using the Langmuir-Blodgett trough
  • XPS measurements of organic and biological materials.
  • Measurements of heating efficiency in magnetic nanoparticle hyperthermia

Head of the group

  • prof. dr. hab. Szczepan Zapotoczny

Group members

  • dr Dorota Lachowicz
  • dr Michał Szuwarzyński
  • dr Magdalena Wytrwał-Sarna
  • mgr inż. Katarzyna Szmajnta