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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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