Dr. Przemyslaw Gawel
Przemek studied Chemistry and Biotechnology within the College of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MISMaP) at the University of Warsaw. During his studies, he spent two summer projects in the lab of Prof Henning Hopf at the Technical University of Braunschweig in Germany where he studied cyclophanes. In 2012 he moved to Zurich, Switzerland, where he did his PhD with Prof. François Diederich at ETH Zurich studying functional cumulene-based synthetic materials. In 2015 he joined the group of Prof. Harry L. Anderson at the University of Oxford as a Swiss National Science Foundation postdoctoral research fellow and in 2017 he was appointed as a research associate in Kebe College. In Oxford, Przemek was studying sp-hybridized allotropes of carbon stabilizing them on the surface and by supramolecular encapsulation. In line with his interest in materials science, Przemek moved to Cambridge Display Technology Ltd. in 2019 where he was developing new materials in a broad area of digital transformation. In October 2020 Przemek received a Polish Returns grant from the National Agency for Academic Exchange to start his research group at the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His academic interests include carbon-rich chemistry, materials science, organic optoelectronics, and supramolecular chemistry. In his free time, Przemek likes to spend time with his family, traveling on his motorbike, mountain biking, snowboarding, and sailing.
Maciek studied chemistry at the University of Warsaw, graduating in 2012. He continued his academic career in Prof. Tomasz Bauer’s group at UW studying towards his Ph.D. He developed new sugar-based phosphoramidites and applied them in asymmetric synthesis as ligands, obtaining his Ph.D. in 2016. At the beginning of 2017, he undertook his postdoctoral fellowship in the group of Prof. Janusz Jurczak at the Institute of Organic Chemistry (IOC) Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS), where he was investigating new hybrid phase-transfer catalysts and their application in asymmetric synthesis. Apart from organic chemistry, Maciek enjoys spending time outdoors. He is passionate about fishing. In addition to the broadly understood nature, Maciek is a cooking lover, so he constantly tests his new dishes on his friends.
Before joining the Gawel group for her PhD, Mohad completed a bachelor’s degree in applied chemistry at K. N. Toosi University of Technology (Tehran, Iran) and pursued studies as a master’s student in organic chemistry at Shahid Beheshti University (Tehran, Iran). In her master thesis research, Mohad was developing an electrostatically enhanced sulfuric acid catalyst for multi-component reactions. Besides her passion for organic synthesis, she loves to coordinate art exhibitions and write articles about it. She also loves to read and watch TV series in her free time.