Perspektywy educational monthly has published annual Engineering University Courses Ranking 2021. Our Biotechnology and Chemical Technology courses have been ranked as the best engineering university courses in their respective categories. Biotechnology course hold the title as the best Biotechnology course in Poland for the fifth year in the row, while Chemical Technology Course holds the title as the best Chemical Technology course for the ninth time in the row, keeping the title since the establishment of the ranking (since individual engineering courses are ranked).

The best (sorted by Impact Factor) articles authored by our Faculty employees in 2020 (last update: 31-12-2020):

1. A. Szuplewska, D. Kulpińska, A. Dybko, M. Chudy, A.M. Jastrzębska, A. Olszyna, Z. Brzózka, Future applications of MXenes in biotechnology, nanomedicine and sensors, TRENDS IN BIOTECHNOLOGY, 2020, 38(3), 264-279. IF: 13,747
2. R. Kotuniak, M.J.F. Strampraad, K. Bossak-Ahmad, U.E. Wawrzyniak, I. Ufnalska, P.-L. Hagedoorn, W. Bal, Key Intermediate species reveal the copper(II)-exchange pathway in biorelevant ATCUN/NTS complexes, ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION, 2020, 59, 11234-11239. IF: 12,257
3. L. Zhu, G. Borstad, H. Liu, P. Guńka, M. Guerette, J. Dolyniuk, Y. Meng, E. Greenberg, V. Prakapenka, B. Chaloux, A. Epshteyn, R. Cohen, T. Strobel, Carbon-boron clathrates as a new class of sp3-bonded framework materials, SCIENCE ADVANCES, 2020, 6, 8361. IF: 11,511

Faculty of Chemistry, Warsaw University of Technology and Chemical Faculty, University of Warsaw established Warsaw Academic Chemical Consortium that has been given the status of National Centre of Scientific Excellence - KNOW (pol. Krajowy Naukowy Ośrodek Wiodący) in the chemical science field for years 2012-2017, the status is no longer given by the Ministry to any Consortium.

Events

As part of the project entitled "Safety and risk assessment of nanomaterials application in agriculture. Advanced mass spectrometry techniques in the study of iron and manganese-based nanomaterials in seed, cereal and fruit-producing plants” managed by prof. Maciej Jarosz, financed under the POSTDOC PW Initiative of Excellence - Research University competition, is announced a competition for the PostDoc (research assistant) position. Offers are accepted until December 15, 2021, 23:59.

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Erasmus+ Programme GIENAHS project ("Grasping Innovation in Europe through a closer iNterAction between HEIs and SMEs") conducted at Warsaw University of Technology in cooperation with 5 other European Universities and 4 small and medium enterprises (SMEs), led by Uni.versus CSEI (Bari, Italy) has reached another milestone. Researchers of Warsaw University of Technology in cooperation with Exquisite SRL (Romanian company) led wide-range survey among SMEs in 6 European countries (Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Sweden, United Kingdom). The main aim was to determine the innovation introduction processes at SMEs and what are the needs for making it faster and easier. The responses were analyzed and the results were used to form the list of skills/knowledge required by SMEs when hiring R&D manager that would organize work and funding for their future innovations. Such list would be the key list to form European PhD curriculum that would train such future R&D managers specifically for the SMEs sector. Click "more" to see the detailed findings.

A new European project has been launched to design an innovative high-energy and safe, solid-state lithium-ion battery cell for the electric vehicle market and beyond. The EU-funded project, named ASTRABAT, aims to develop optimal lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery solutions for the increasing demands of the electric vehicle market in particular. The goal is to fulfil Europe’s need for a safe, high-energy, sustainable and marketable battery for green mobility that could be manufactured in Europe on a massive scale. As society turns to electric vehicles, this challenge has now become acute, with Asian competitors well ahead in the game.

Led by France's CEA, the 4-year project will focus on developing a better, safe and environmental-friendly cell architecture. This will come with an all solid-state electrolyte design suited to the new high-energy electrode materials and compatible with current mass-production processes.

Leszek Niedzicki, PhD, DSc, Eng. of PIRG group, Faculty of Chemistry leads the WUT team participating in the project. Main role of WUT group is synthesis of the key electrolyte ingredients - proprietary lithium salts and plasticizers.

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Achievements

PhD student of our Faculty, Joanna Tanska, MSc, Eng., has been awarded at the poster session at the international conference. 22nd International Conference Advanced Batteries, Accumulators and Fuel Cells ABAF 22 has been held on August 22-25 in Brno (Czech Republic). Work of Ms Tanska entitled "Solid-State Electrolytes Based on New Polymer for Li-ion Batteries" have been performed as a part of the ASTRABAT project (years of work 2020-2023, EU Horizon 2020 programme, project leader at WUT: Prof. Leszek Niedzicki, PhD, DSc, Eng.). Ms Joanna performs her PhD work at the Chair of Chemical Technology under supervision of Prof. Paulina Wiecińska, PhD, DSc, Eng. Congratulations!

Mechanochemistry - the field of research focusing on chemical processes induced by the mechanical forces experiences a renaissance with the significant role of Faculty of Chemistry researchers. One of the examples of such role is the newest publication of Prof. Lewiński's group entitled "Mechanoperovskites for Photovoltaic Applications: Preparation, Characterization, and Device Fabrication”, which has been published in Accounts of Chemical Research (IF = 21.7). It is the first publication from our faculty in this prestigeous journal with over 50 years of tradition, in which articles are usually reviews published on the invitation only policy and focuse on the recent achievements of authors – leaders in their respective fields.
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Faculty of Chemistry, WUT just became founding member of the consortium (led by French CNRS), which will hold international PhD studies in the field of emerginc battery technologies. Faculty of Chemistry along with over a dozen other Eruopean universities as well as research institutes and companies will educate 50 doctors over a 5 years span. Project DESTINY (no. 945357) just received funding from the European Union (under Horizon 2020 programme). It is the first cofinanced by EU project of co-held international PhD studies at Warsaw University of Technology.

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