Katarzyna Piwowar, MSc

PhD student



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  1. Research interests


  • synthesis of new photosensitizers generating singlet oxygen
  • formation of solid materials able of singlet oxygen generation
  • immobilization of organic layers to solid substrates
  • oxidation reactions involving singlet oxygen molecule


  1. Expertise


  • singlet oxygen measurements
  • characterization of the singlet oxygen oxidation products
  • formation of conjugated polymers via electrochemical methods
  • formation of organic layers by electrochemical reduction of diazonium salts
  • characterization of organic layers by spectroscopic (Raman, XPS, IR) electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical techniques


  1. Publications (5 most important)


  1. Piwowar, K., Blacha-Grzechnik, A., Zak, J.K. Immobilization of the photosensitizers on the solid surface for the application in the photooxidation reactions (2016) Photosensitizers: Types, Uses and Selected Research, pp. 149-198.
  2. Piwowar, K., Blacha-Grzechnik, A., Bernas, P., Zak, J. Phenol degradation in heterogeneous system generating singlet oxygen employing light activated electropolymerized phenothiazines (2015) Applied Surface Science, 359, pp. 426-431. Cited 4 times. DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2015.10.103
  3. Blacha-Grzechnik, A., Piwowar, K., Koscielniak, P., Kwoka, M., Szuber, J., Zak, J. Phenothiazines grafted on the electrode surface from diazonium salts as molecular layers for photochemical generation of singlet oxygen (2015) Electrochimica Acta, 182, pp. 1085-1092. Cited 3 times. DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2015.10.017
  4. Piwowar, K., Blacha-Grzechnik, A., Zak, J. Photogeneration of singlet oxygen by thionine molecular layer grafted on electrode surface from its diazonium salt (2015) Electrochemistry Communications, 55, pp. 10-13. Cited 5 times. DOI: 10.1016/j.elecom.2015.03.007
  5. Piwowar, K., Blacha-Grzechnik, A., Turczyn, R., Zak, J. Electropolymerized phenothiazines for the photochemical generation of singlet oxygen (2014) Electrochimica Acta, 141, pp. 182-188. Cited 9 times. DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2014.07.052


  1. Projects


  • PRELUDIUM (The employment of oxidizing capacity of singlet oxygen in heterogeneous system, UMO-2014/15/N/ST4/0236, Polish National Science Center, project manager)



  1. Scientific awards


“65th Annual meeting ISE Lausanne Travel Award” founded by  Swiss National Science Foundation (2014)