Maciek Kopec

Maciek Kopec

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Research interests

We are interested in both fundamental and applied aspects of polymeric materials. We use conventional and controlled radical polymerisation techniques (ATRP & RAFT) to synthesize materials for applications in composites, biomedicine 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
  • degradable polymer networks
  • 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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Materials Science, Doctor of Philosophy, Jagiellonian University

20092014

Chemical Engineering, Master of Engineering, Cracow University of Technology

20042009

External positions

Research Associate, University of Bristol

Mar 2019May 2019

4TU.HTM Research Fellow, University of Twente

20162018

Postdoctoral Researcher, Carnegie Mellon University

20142016

Keywords

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

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