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Dr hab. inż. Joanna Pietrasik and dr hab. Radosław Podsiadły have been awarded the title of professor of exact and natural sciences in the discipline of Chemical Sciences. Both researchers work at the Institute of Polymers and Dyes at the Faculty of Chemistry.
The decision on conferring the title on the TUL scientists was made by Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland, on February 29.


Professor Joanna Pietrasik

In 1998, the same year that she earned her degree from the TUL Faculty of Chemistry, prof. Pietrasik began her doctoral studies there. She was awarded her doctoral degree in Chemical Technology in 2003, whereas her postdoctoral degree in 2014.
In 2004-2006, she completed postdoctoral fellowships in the group of prof. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA), prof. Filip Du Prez (Ghent University, Belgium), prof. Dingcai Wu (Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China), and prof. Kohji Ohno (Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan).
Prof. Joanna Pietrasik's research interests center around the synthesis and properties of functional polymer materials. These especially include polymer brushes grafted from particle surface (hybrid systems) as well as linear polymers (molecular bottlebrushes), macromolecules with star-shaped architecture (star-shaped polymer), block copolymers capable of self-assembly in selective solvents, as well as functional polymer gels.

Prof. Pietrasik has been the head of research projects funded by NCN (Opus, Opus-LAP) and FNP (Homing). She also held a scholarship from the Kosciuszko Foundation. She has co-authored many research articles published in high-impact journals, chapters in monographs, and patents. She is an expert and reviewer of research grant proposals, articles, and research papers, both domestically and internationally.

She was awarded a letter of recognition from the President of the USA for her participation in research on atom transfer polymerization (ATRP) in environmentally friendly conditions, Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. Her work has been awarded at Polish and international fairs and exhibitions.

In her free time, she enjoys the company of her family, a good book, and cooking. She also takes pleasure in family trips.

Prof. Radosław Podsiadły

A native of Kraków, he came to Lodz University of Technology having studied at the Faculty of Chemistry at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. He started his doctoral degree program at the Faculty of Chemistry in 1999, and completed it with a degree of doktor of Chemical Sciences in 2004. A year earlier, he had begun employment as an assistant researcher at the Department of Dyes at TUL, now the Institute of Polymer and Dye Technology. Since 2019, he has served as the proxy of the head of the Institute for teaching affairs.
He completed his postdoctoral degree in Chemical Technology in 2013, and has been working as a professor of the university since 2017.

In 2014-2015, 2016, 2019 he held research fellowships (as postdoctoral associate, visiting scientist) at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (USA). He is a representative of Lodz University of Technology to the Komitet Techniczny ds. Barwników, Półproduktów Barwnikarskich, Pigmentów i Wypełniaczy [PKN Technical Body for Dyes, Dyeing Intermediates, Pigments and Fillers] of the Polish Committee for Standardization (since 2019).

Prof. Radosław Podsiadły's research interests are in the field of chemistry and technology of organic dyes and pigments, their design, structure modification for their further use in cosmetics, medical diagnostics and analytics, in optoelectronics as polymerization photoinitiators and for applications in photovoltaic cells.

He is the author of more than 70 publications on the Philadelphia list of journals, 6 chapters in monographs, 24 patents, and three technical studies commissioned by the manufacturing sector. He has carried out research in 6 projects funded with the grants from the State Committee for Scientific Research in Poland (KBN) and the National Science Center (NCN). He has promoted two concluded and five pending doctoral candidatures.

Prof. Podsiadły's most significant achievement is the development of innovative fluorescent probes for the detection of biologically important oxidants and visible light photoinitiators for simultaneous radical and cationic polymerization.

In his free time, an enthusiastic handyman enjoys cycling trips with his daughters and long walks with his dog.