Perspektywy educational monthly has published annual Engineering University Courses Ranking 2020. 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 fourth year in the row, while Chemical Technology Course holds the title as the best Chemical Technology course for the eight 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 the present year (last update: 01-10-2018):

1. H. Zhang, C. Li, M. Piszcz, E. Coya, T. Rojo, L.M. Rodriguez-Martinez, M. Armand, Z. Zhou, Single lithium-ion conducting solid polymer electrolytes: Advances and perspectives, CHEMICAL SOCIETY REVIEWS, 2018, 46, 797-815. IF: 38,618
2. D. Kubicki, D. Prochowicz, A. Hofstetter, M. Saski, P. Yadav, D. Bi, N. Pellet, J. Lewinski, S.M. Zakeeruddin, M. Grätzel, L. Emsley, Formation of stable mixed guanidinium-methylammonium phases with exceptionally long carrier lifetimes for high efficiency lead iodide-based perovskite photovoltaics, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 2018, 140, 3345-3351. IF: 13,858
3. J. Szlachetko, A. Kubas, A.M. Cieślak, K. Sokołowski, Ł. Mąkolski, J. Czapla-Masztafiak, J. Sá, J. Lewiński, Hidden gapless states during thermal transformations of preorganized zinc alkoxides to zinc oxide nanocrystals, MATERIALS HORIZONS, 2018, 5, 905-911. IF: 13,183

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

We are proud to announce that Dr Borowiecki from the Chair of Drug and Cosmetics Biotechnology (Faculty of Chemistry, WUT) together with his colleague from IChO PAS, Dr Dominik Koszelewski, will coordinate the edition of a Special Issue of the journal Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344, IF: 3.520), entitled: “Applications of Hydrolases in Medicinal Chemistry”.

The aims of this Special Issue are as follows: the application of hydrolases for chemoenzymatic syntheses of new compounds of defined biological activities; development of novel or significantly-improved hydrolase-catalyzed routes toward key pharmaceutical intermediates and/or enantiomeric drugs; biotransformations carried out using isolated enzymes and/or whole-cell biocatalysts.
The deadline for collaboration is now open.
See: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/hydrolases_medicinal for details of the submission.

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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

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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Paweł Borowiecki, PhD, Eng. from the Chair of Drug and Cosmetics Biotechnology (Faculty of Chemistry, WUT) along with Prof. Wolfgang Kroutil of Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (Austria), Prof. Johann Heider of Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany) and Prof. Maciej Szaleniec of Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry of Polish Academy of Sciences (Cracow, Poland) just published in Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis (IF=5.451) journal the article about chemoenzymatic synthesis of the optically active γ-aryl-γ-butyrolactones using microorganism cells and recombinant alcohol dehydrogenases. Developed method has an enormous industrial significance, as optically active compounds obtained through this method are very important building blocks used in drugs manufacturing.

We invite you to read the paper on the publishers website: ©2020 WILEY‐VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/adsc.201901483.

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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