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Maciek Kopec


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Research interests

We are interested in both fundamental and applied aspects of polymeric materials. We use controlled radical polymerisation techniques (ATRP & RAFT) to synthesize materials for applications in composites, water purification and energy conversion/storage. Current research topics include:

Kinetics of radical polymerisations

  • online reaction monitoring of controlled radical polymerisation
  • application of DOSY NMR to follow polymerisation kinetics

Polymer gels & networks

  • fundamental studies of gelation/cross-linking in free radical polymerisations
  • multicomponent and interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs)

Chemistry of polyacrylonitrile (PAN)

  • synthesis of PAN by controlled radical polymerisations
  • post-polymerisation modification of PAN
  • PAN-derived carbon fibres and nanomaterials 
  • aggregation-induced emission (AIE) in PAN

Education/Academic qualification

Materials Science, Doctor of Philosophy, Jagiellonian University


Chemical Engineering, Master of Engineering, Cracow University of Technology


External positions

Research Associate, University of Bristol

Mar 2019May 2019

4TU.HTM Research Fellow, University of Twente


Postdoctoral Researcher, Carnegie Mellon University



  • Polymers
  • Materials
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Kinetics & Mechanisms
  • Controlled Polymerisations
  • Carbon Materials
  • Polymer Networks

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Research Output

Surface-grafted polyacrylonitrile brushes with aggregation-induced emission properties

Kopeć, M., Pikiel, M. & Vancso, G. J., 21 Jan 2020, In : Polymer Chemistry. 11, 3, p. 669-674 6 p.

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Chain End-Functionalized Polymer Brushes with Switchable Fluorescence Response

Tas, S., Kopec, M., van der Pol, R., Cirelli, M., de Vries, I., Bölükbas, D. A., Tempelman, K., Benes, N. E., Hempenius, M. A., Vancso, G. J. & de Beer, S., 5 Mar 2019, In : Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics. 220, 5, 1800537.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

Well-Defined N/S Co-Doped Nanocarbons from Sulfurized PAN- b-PBA Block Copolymers: Structure and Supercapacitor Performance

Yuan, R., Wang, H., Sun, M., Damodaran, K., Gottlieb, E., Kopeć, M., Eckhart, K., Li, S., Whitacre, J., Matyjaszewski, K. & Kowalewski, T., 26 Apr 2019, In : ACS Applied Nano Materials. 2, 4, p. 2467-2474 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Citations (Scopus)

Copolymer-templated synthesis of nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbons for enhanced adsorption of hexavalent chromium and uranium

Song, Y., Wei, G., Kopeć, M., Rao, L., Zhang, Z., Gottlieb, E., Wang, Z., Yuan, R., Ye, G., Wang, J., Kowalewski, T. & Matyjaszewski, K., 22 Jun 2018, In : ACS Applied Nano Materials. 1, 6, p. 2536-2543 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

11 Citations (Scopus)

Facile Aqueous Route to Nitrogen-Doped Mesoporous Carbons

Zhang, J., Song, Y., Kopeć, M., Lee, J., Wang, Z., Liu, S., Yan, J., Yuan, R., Kowalewski, T., Bockstaller, M. R. & Matyjaszewski, K., 20 Sep 2017, In : Journal of the American Chemical Society. 139, 37, p. 12931-12934 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

44 Citations (Scopus)