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Ph.D. Eng. Katarzyna Matczyszyn

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Dr inż. Katarzyna Matczyszyn

Ph.D. Eng. Katarzyna Matczyszyn

Ph.D. in chemistry sciences since 2003

Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Wroclaw University of Technology, 50-370 Wroclaw
Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27, Poland

Building/room: A-2/16
+48-71-320-4466 |

Short bio: 

1994 - 1999 - MSc studies at Wroclaw University of Technology (WUT) - research work in  the Group of Physics and Chemistry of Molecular Materials– Spectroscopic studies of kinetics of photochromic materials, MSc dissertation "Kintecis of isomerisation of an amphiphilic azobenze derivative"
1997 - 1998 - Kingston University (KU, London, UK), School of Applied Chemistry,(Tempus exchange programme) research: Synthesis and research  on properties of  inorganic liquid crystal V2O5
1999 - 2003 - PhD studies at the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry "Photoactive liquid crystal systems"
2001 - 2002- months research stays in Commisariat a l’Energy Atomique, Saclay, France 
2003 - 2004 - assistant professor at Wroclaw University of Technology
01-03. 2004 - short post-doc in the Liquid Crystals and Photonics Group CLiq at Polytechnic of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
2004 - 2005   -  post-doc at Commisariat a l’Energy Atomique, Laboratorie de Cellules et Composantes, Saclay, France
2005 - now - assistant professor at Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw, Poland
07-08. 2005 - invited lecturer at the Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand
2005 - 2006 - invited researcher at the University Paris VI Pierre et Marie Curie, Lab. NanoSciene de Paris, France
08-10. 2009 - visiting researcher at the Laser Physics Center,Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
2006 - now - cooridnator of the Erasmus Mundus Master of Excellence Programme at WUT (European Education Project between ENS Cachan (France) Compultense Universidad de Madrid (Spain) and Wroclaw Univ.(Poland) (,

1995 - Dean’s of Chemistry Department (WUT) Honour
1998 - Dean’s of  School of Applied Chemistry (KU) Honour
1998, 1999 - Scholarship of  Ministry of Education for best Polish students
1999 - Top ten graduates of the Faculty of Chemistry of WUT
2000 - Award of the Vice Chancellor of WUT for
2002-2003 - Award of the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) for young scientists
2003 - Award of WUT for the PhD thesis “Isomerisation of azobenzenes in liquid crystalline matrices.”
2003-2004 - START grant of the FNP for the young scientists
2005 - Scholarship of the Spanish Ministry of Research and Education “Juan de la Cierva”
2006 - Grant of the French Ministry of Scientific Research
2007 - 3rd grade group award from Torun University, Poland for scientific research
2007 - Co-founder and scientific tutor of the students scientific chapter "PhoBia"
2008 - Award from Monabiphot students for the best scientific tutor
2008 - Award of the Vice Chancelor of WUT for the scientific and teaching impact on the university development


Liquid crystals as they are simply beautiful and useful
Bioimaging as it is fascinaiting and very important
All optical and electrical properties of photoactive materials mainly for photovoltaics
Photonics in general, even though I am not a specialist
Material Science as broad as it is

Hobby focused on science, but also books and travelling. Enjoy backpacking – overland travel form Poland to India (1998) and from Poland to Thailand (1999), interested in culture of south-east Asia. Second prize winner in „Meet China 2000” competition organised by People’s Republic of China Embassy in Warsaw. 2003 - journey to Central America, 2007-South-East Asia, 2009 - Australia :)
Mom of Filip, born on 05.11.2008 


Organizing and/or scientific comitee of few conferences
Electrical and Related Properties of Organic Materials ERPOS 2008 Szklarska Poreba
SPIE Students chapter Meeting Wroclaw 2008
First Polish-French Workshop on Organic Electronics WOREN 2010, Swieradow Zdroj
PhoBiA Annual Nanophotonics International Conference “PANIC” 2010, Wroclaw

Co-author of about 60 conference presentations 


Physical Chemistry, General Chemistry, Instrumental Analysis, Molecular Physico-chemistry, Liquid Crystals – labs and tutorials
Tutor of MSc dissertations:
Anna Chwiałkowska, currently PhD of Wales University, Bangor, UK
Marek Chrapa currently R&D researcher at CSEM, Basel, Switzerland
Jaroslaw Tomczyk, PhD student at Frauhoffer Institute, Postdam, Germany
Joanna Olesiak, PhD student at Wroclaw University of Technology, Pl
Piotr Hańczyc, PhD student at Chalmers Univeristy, Sweden
Piotr Ślęczkowski, PhD student at Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, France


1. H. Mojzisova, J. Olesiak, M. Zielinski, K. Matczyszyn, D. Chauvat, J. Zyss, Polarization sensitive two-photon microscopy study of the organization of liquid crystalline DNA, Biophysical Journal 97 (8), 2348-2357 (2009) DOI
2. J. Olesiak, K. Matczyszyn, H. Mojzisova, M. Zielinski, D. Chauvat, J. Zyss, Liquid crystalline phases in DNA and dye-doped DNA solutions analysed by polarized linear and nonlinear microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry, Materials Science 27 (3), 813 (2009)
3. P. Krawczyk, A. Kaczmarek, R. Zaleśny, K. Matczyszyn, W. Bartkowiak, M. Ziółkowski, P. Cysewski, Linear and nonlinear optical properties of azobenzene derivatives, J. Mol. Model. 15 581-590 (2009)
4. J. Olesiak, K. Matczyszyn, Badania faz ciekłokrystlicznych w układach z DNA, Prace Badawcze Studentów 6 111-114 (2008)
5. L. Rocha, C. Fiorini, K. Matczyszyn, P. Raimond, J. Nunzi, Investigation of the patterning efficiency in a new azo-dye copolymer under UV irradiation toward photonic applications, Proc. SPIE 6988 (69881Z), (2008) DOI
6. K. Matczyszyn, A. Chwialkowska, J. Sworakowski, Photochromic reaction-induced changes of ordering in liquid crystalline films, Thin Solid Films 516 8899-8904 (2008) DOI
7. J. Sworakowski, K. Matczyszyn, Non-exponential decays in first order kinetic processes. The case of squeezed exponential, Acta Phys. Polon. A 112 (Supplement), S-153 - S-159 (2007)
8. R. Zaleśny, K. Matczyszyn, A. Kaczmarek, W. Bartkowiak, P. Cysewski, Experimental and theoretical investigations of spectroscopic properties of azobenzene derivatives in solution, J.Mol.Model. 13 (785-791), (2007)
9. S. Bartkiewicz, K. Matczyszyn, J. Myśliwiec, O. Yaroshchuk, LC alignement controlled by photoordering and photorefraction in a command substrate, Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. (412), 869-880 (2004)
10. S. Bartkiewicz, K. Matczyszyn, J. Myśliwiec, A. Miniewicz, F. Kajzar, Mechanisms of photorefractivity in liquid crystals, Nonl. Opt. Quant. Opt. 31 319-332 (2004)
11. K. Matczyszyn, J. Sworakowski, Phase change in azobenzene derivative-doped liquid crystal controlled by the photochromic reaction of the dye, Journal of Physical Chemistry B 107 6039-6045 (2003) DOI
12. B. Sahraoui, I. Fuks-Janczarek, S. Bartkiewicz, K. Matczyszyn, J. Myśliwiec, J. Berdowski, E. Allard, J. Cousseau, Enhancement of Third-order Susceptibility of C60-TTF Compounds Using Nematic Liquid Crystal, Chem. Phys. Lett 365 327-332 (2002)
13. K. Janus, K. Matczyszyn, J. Sworakowski, Kinetics of Photochemical Processes in Photochromic Azobenzene Derivatives. Effect of Matrix and of the Phase Stability, Mat. Science 20 45-55 (2002)
14. K. Matczyszyn, S. Bartkiewicz, B. Sahraoui, Study of Azobenzene - Doped Liquid Crystal System, Optical Materials 20 57-61 (2002)
15. S. Bartkiewicz, K. Matczyszyn, J. Myśliwiec, A. Miniewicz, B. Sahraoui, . Martineau, C., P. Blanchard, P. Frere, . Roncali, J., F. Kajzar, Liquid crystal panel with dye doped PVK layer for real time holography process, Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. 374 85-90 (2001)
16. S. Bartkiewicz, K. Matczyszyn, A. Miniewicz, F. Kajzar, High gain of light in photoconducting polymer-nematic liquid crystal hybrid structures., Opt. Commun. 187 257-261 (2001)
17. K. Matczyszyn, W. Bartkowiak, J. Leszczynski, Influence of the environment on kinetics and electronic structure of asymmetric azobenzene derivatives - experiment and quantum-chemical calculations., J. Mol. Struct. 565-566 53-57 (2001)
18. K. Janus, K. Matczyszyn, J. Sworakowski, J. F. Biernat, Z. Galewski, Kinetics of photochromic reactions of substituted azobenzenes in solutions, and in liquid crystalline and polymer matrices., Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst 361 143-148 (2001)
19. K. Matczyszyn, K. Palewska, J. Sworakowski, Spectroscopic study of the kinetics of cis-trans isomerisation of an amphiphilic photochromic azobenzene derivative., Mol. Phys. Rep. 25 86-92 (1999)