Curriculum Vitae

Address for Correspondence

Assoc. Prof. Wojciech Ciesielski

Institute of Chemistry
Jan Dlugosz University in Czestochowa,
Armii Krajowej 13/15, 42-201 Czestochowa, Poland
E-mail: wc@ajd.czest.pl w.ciesielski@interia.pl

Academic and Research Career

  • Pedagogical University in Czestochowa, Inorganic Chemistry, MSc., May 29,1995
  • University of Agriculture in Krakow, Faculty of Food Technology, Cracow, food chemistry, PhD in Food Chemistry, May 27, 1998
  • Tadeusz Kościuszko Cracow University of Technology, Faculty of Environmental Engineering, habilitation in environmental engineering, environmental chemistry, June 6, 2012
  • Assoc. Professor of  Jan Dlugosz University in Czestochowa, June, 2013

Research projects:

N N313 789240 – Supervisior – New ways to use starch and cereals in the production of biofuels, sorbents and soil stabilizers. (2010 – 2012),  founded by National Science Centre of Poland

2011/01/B/ST5/06304 – Key Investigator – New optically active ionic liquids with a  stereogenic heteroatom or atropoisomeric chirality elements containing  a hypervalent heteroatom. (2012-2015), founded by National Science Centre of Poland

2011/03/B/ST5/03233 – Key Investigator – Optically activel carbon nanotubes: syntheses and structural studies of covalent and supramolecular derivatives containing a stereogenic heteroatom and their use in the chemistry of „new materials” and asymmetric synthesis. (2013-2016),  founded by National Science Centre of Poland

POIG.01.03.02-00-014/11 – Supervisor – Patent protection methods for the synthesis and biological activity of new onium salts, chiral and achiral ionic liquid systems, carbohydrate complexes with transition groups metal ions and the functionalized carbon nanotubes with the stereogenic substituents. (2011-2015),  founded by National Centre for Research and Development

2013/11/B/NZ9/01951 – Key Investigator – Possibility of control of the process of retrogradation. (2015-2017),  founded by National Science Centre of Poland

2014/15/B/ST8/00101 – Key Investigator – Advanced materials for hydrogen storage system on the base of new super-light lithium alloys (2015-2017),  founded by National Science Centre of Poland

2015/19/N/ST8/03922 – tutor – Preludium project – Hybrid materials for hydrogen storage systems based on carbon nanotubes and new super-light lithium alloys (2016-2018),  founded by National Science Centre of Poland

2017/25/B/ST8/02179 – Key Investigator – New electrode materials REM2 and RE5M3 (where RE=rare-earth metals, M=Sn, Pb and Sb) with enhanced rate performance and cyclic stability of lithium- and sodium-ion batteries (2017-2020), founded by National Science Centre of Poland

2017/27/N/ST8/00662– tutor – Preludium project – The functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes by phosphoroselenoate salts as components of lithium ion-cells (2018-2021), founded by National Science Centre of Poland

Scientific interests

New ways of use starch and cereal in the environmental engineering processes (collectors of heavy metal ions, soil stabilizers, drilling muds, biofuels)

The aim of the study is research of the use of polysaccharides and grains and cereal straw of various botanical origin (barley, oats, wheat, triticale, rye) as a source of biofuels by degradation to synthesis gas and char. The thermal analysis DSC / TG ​​and TGA / SDTA / QMS was carried out. Main aim of this study was definition of the best conditions process for obtaining char and qualitative composition of the gases. The presence of salt affects the course of the thermal decomposition of polysaccharides and grains and cereal straw, and the end result of this process. By selecting a metal salt and a type of grain we can control the process of thermal decomposition in order to obtain maximum performance of char or voltaire products. The second aim of this work is research on the potential use of polysaccharides to short-term stabilization of the soil. The research in this direction is promising the potential for use in stabilizing the embankments and quays of the rivers. Polysaccharide layer is so thin that it does not interfere with germination plants within the turf. At the same time polysaccharides are biodegradable. Fulfills a protective function for the top layer of soil until the plant growth. It does not pollute the environment, additionally not require removal in a plant growth as the same become biodegradable organic fertilizer. The formation of soil aggregates using laser size analyzer particle were carried out. Next aim of research for selected systems (polysaccharides, grains of metal ions) allows the analysis to determine sorption properties, structure and size for their potential use as a sorbent metal ions heavy. For this purpose, tests were carried out sorption properties and ability to absorb metal ions selected groups of transition polysaccharides by using a conductivity meter inoLab cond level2 (Pol-Eko-apparatus) and a study using high resolution scanning electron microscopy, chemical analysis in microregions (EDS). Furthermore, studies using a rheometer Rheostress RS1 (Gebrueder Haake GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany) aimed to determine the effect of metal ions on the properties of the pseudoplastic aqueous solutions of polysaccharides and test their potential use as components of drilling fluids were carried out. The most important achievement of the work having the potential consequences of planning further studies may be considered: (i) the development of an effective method using polysaccharides to coordinate metal ions; (Ii) an indication that grain (also from contaminated areas) can be efficiently used for the production of biofuels by gasification of biomass; (Iii) develop a set of specific and consistent data, giving the possibility for planning further research in a laboratory and industrial scale to use the results in many food and non-food areas. The study shows, that it is possible to obtain a fuel from cereals. These fuels not are contaminated by sulfur and nitrogen oxides and having a so-called „zero CO2 emissions”.

Catalytic properties of ceramic materials containing Li ions and metal transition ions in the process of thermal decomposition botanical origin systems


Literature searches, based on the use of SciFinder Scholar database showed for the keywords „catalysed decomposition of biomass” and „biofuels” more than 500 literature references, among them 150 publications devoted to catalysed decomposition of biomass. For this reason, research on new catalysts compounds are very important and highly topical themes. These studies connecting the new methodology of the synthesis of ceramic materials and new methods for the preparation of synthesis gas free of sulfur and phosphorus, which will be used for the preparation of the appropriate fractions of fuels.

Material properties, especially absorption and catalytic largely depend on their structure. The condition and mode of formation compounds and concentration and temperature ranges of their existence explains the phase diagrams. Therefore, the study in described project will be based on basic research include: synthesis of alloy phase diagram determination, determine their crystal and electron structure and the study of catalytic properties of these materials. This project focuses on the original experimental work aimed at obtaining ceramics, combine them with the material of the botanical origin (grain and straw of cereals, starchy crops) and investigate the effect of the above ceramics on thermal decomposition of „biomass”. Full physicochemical analysis for received system was carried out using thermal analysis DSC / TG and TGA / SDTA / QMS to the selection process for obtaining the best possible conditions for carbonizate and qualitative composition of the gases as promising materials for the synthesis of second-generation fuels in the near future. The study of the ceramic material will be show the potential structural changes in the used as a potential catalyst systems.

The main objective of this project is the development of  a new generation of ceramic materials subsidized by Li ions and the study of these oxides in catalytic processes. Implementation of the proposed project increased library of „knowledge” on the ceramic materials subsidized by Li ions which formed on the basis of sintering metal oxides or hydroxides and their use as catalysts in the preparation of quality control of the synthesis gas from the char material or botanical origin.

Investigated ceramic materials are new, not described in the chemical literature concerning to the compounds in which the presence of Li provides a convenient opportunity to induce catalytic property and ensures the appearance of physical and chemical properties useful when used as substrates derivatives obtained in Chemistry „new materials” (in particular of the „catalyzed”) and new substances for controlling the process of pyrolysis of biomass.

Multi-walled carbon nanotubes, fulerenes and graphene functionalized with organophosphate anions of selenoacids and tioacids as potential electrode materials in lithium-ion batteries

The main objective of this project is the development of a new generation of electrodes that can be used as a link in a new battery friendly for environment. Specific objectives include: 1. The synthesis of the electrode 1 (cathode) basis on the lithium oxide and oxides of metals from transition groups. The analysis of the crystal structure determination of compounds by X-ray diffraction, diffraction of synchrotron radiation and neutron scattering. 2. The synthesis of the electrode 2 (anode) basis on functionalization carbon nanotubes, fullerenes and graphene using phosphoroorganic substituents and their analysis using physicochemical methods. The full analysis of bateries (based on electrode 1 and 2) will be carried out electrochemical processes (chargedischarge cells, voltamperometry, chronovoltamperometry, impedance measurements) and testing the toxicity of these systems for natural environment (Microtox aparat, vegatation hall).

Implementation of the proposed project leads to an increased library of „knowledge” on the alloy materials subsidized Li ions generated based sintering metal oxides or hydroxides, salts containing functionalized by heteroatom the carbon structures (nanotubes, fullerenes and graphene) and their use as electrode materials used to create new types of electrodes. The test materials are new, so they’re not described group of compounds in the chemical literature, in which the presence of Li ions creates a favorable possibility of inducing new features and provide the appearance of useful physicochemical properties of the derivatives obtained upon use as substrates in the chemistry of the „new materials” (in particular, „electrochemical” ) and new substances for controlling the electrode processes. We propose research procedures (synthesis, phase composition, crystal structure and electron, and absorptive properties and catalytic) allow for predicting the most optimal system configurations alloys and carbon structure – (salt) for practical use. The realization of this project will result the develop a new, easily accessible, organic and inorganic systems with high structural and chemical stability. This type of electrode cells may prove effective systems for electrochemical reactions and friendly for environment because those systems may be biodegradable. As a consequence, it should lead to the elimination of the battery based on chromium and cobalt ions.

Organic disulfide derivatives and lithium salts of organic tiooxoheteroacids as components of analogs of lithium-sulfur batteries or lithium-anionic batteries

The main objective of this project is the development of a new generation of electrodes that can be used as a link in a new battery friendly for environment. The specific aims of project are studies on the synthesis, structure determination and the physico-chemical properties and experiments aimed for use as components analogues of lithium-sulfur batteries or lithium ion batteries, respectively, organic disulfide compounds or lithium salts of organic tiooxohetrroacids. The subject matter of the proposed project develops and is also an attempt to broaden the topics implemented as part of completed recently 3 grants founded by National Science Centre. The results of portion of the research conducted in the framework of these projects have led to experiments testing the use of derivatives of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) functionalized by substituents generated from organic phosphorus thioacid as starting materials to construct the electrodes in batteries, generating at the same time suggesting the use of organic disulfide derivatives (in particular disulfides organophosphate) as one of the elements analogs lithium-sulfur. On the other hand a suggestion as to the possibility of using salt of organophosphate thioacids as a component of electrolytes in batteries lithium – ion results from the fact which show the performance characteristics of ionic liquids. Full analysis of physicochemical obtained nanotube systems using thermal analysis DSC / TG, analysis using electron microscopy SEM with EDS analysis and NMR spectroscopy will be carried out. The full analysis will be carried out electrochemical processes (charge-discharge cells, voltamperometry, chronovoltamperometry, impedance measurements) and testing the toxicity of these systems for natural environment (Microtox aparat, vegatation hall). Implementation of the proposed project leads to an increased library of „knowledge” on new materials contained Li ions. The test materials are new, so they’re not described group of compounds in the chemical literature, in which the presence of Li ions creates a favorable possibility of inducing new features and provide the appearance of useful physicochemical properties of the derivatives obtained upon use as substrates in the chemistry of the „new materials” (in particular, „electrochemical” ) and new substances for controlling the electrode processes.

Advanced materials for hydrogen storage system on the base of new super-light lithium alloys

Storage of hydrogen in solid materials has the potential to become a safe and efficient way to storing energy, both for stationary and for mobile applications. The main requirements for modern hydrogen storage materials in automotive applications are a high gravimetric density (above 6.0 % w/w gravimetric capacity of hydrogen), absorption/desorption of hydrogen at moderate temperatures and pressures, low-cost and environmental safety. Conventional metal hydrides, such as LaNi5 and its substitutional derivatives, titanium and zirconium alloys which are commonly used for hydrogen storage systems have storage capacities less than 2 % w/w H2 and cannot satisfy this need. The four main groups of suitable materials are a) carbon and other high surface area materials (nanotubes, graphite nanofibers, zeolites, etc.), b) H2O-reactive chemical hydrides (NaH, LiH, MgH2, CaH2, LiAlH4, etc), c) thermal chemical hydrides (ammonia borozane, aluminum hydride), d) rechargeable hydrides (alloys and intermetallics, nanocrystalline, complex). The hydrides of rare-earth (R) and transition metals (T) alloys, such as RT5, RT3, RT2, RT, rzirconium and titanium alloys and etc., are very well studied. Many work well at temperatures less than 100oC, but too low gravimetric capacities (< 2.5 wt% H2), technically suitable for stationary storage, but rather expensive.  Nanocrystalline and amorphous materials have a good kinetics, but H-capacities and desorption temperatures are unfavourable. Complex hydrides are main hope for the future. Some of the lightest elements such as Li, B, Na, Al etc. form stable and ionic compounds with hydrogen. The hydrogen contents reaches values of up to 18 mass% for LiBH4. However, such compounds desorbed the hydrogen only at temperatures from 80°C up to 600°C. Big perspectives in solving of this problem can open applying of multicomponets lightweight alloys For this reason the main object of our investigation is lightweight alloys and intermetallics. Lightweight aluminides and silicides of Li, Mg, and other light elements are potential candidate to high hydrogen storage (to 6 wt.%). Our results of previously investigations show that in these systems many compounds and solid solutions known to exist and as shown our last investigations have a good perspective as hydrogen storage materials. The Li-rich alloy wchich prepared by us absorbs the highest amount of hydrogen (8.8 % w/w for Li12+xMg3-xSi4), while the Mg-rich alloy absorbs 6.0 % w/w H2 and shows the first experimental evidence for LiMgH3 formation with LiNbO3-type structure during hydrogenation.

The main objective of this project is to discover and develop a new ternary super- lightweight lithium intermetallides for hydrogen storage high capacity hydride (> 8 wt.%) and also investigations these alloys. Specific objectives include synthesis of alloys, phase analysis, identifying the crystal structures of compounds using X-ray, neutron, synchrotron diffraction, electronic structure calculation and computer modelling, and develop of combinatorial synthesis for hydrides as a perspective material for hydrogen storage devices as a fuel of the future.

Hybrid materials for hydrogen storage systems based on carbon nanotubes and new super-light lithium alloys

The main objective of the project is to develop a lightweight lithium alloys with single- and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT and MWCNT) for hydrogen storage, high capacity (> 6 wt.%) and the development of combinatorial synthesis for hydrides as prospective materials for devices to storage and storage hydrogen as a fuel of the future. The evolution on the energy market of natural resources (ie. crude oil, natural gas, et al.), and forecasts of energy needs make it necessary to seek new alternative sources of energy. The biggest hope is hydrogen as a fuel of the future. The reason for this is significant energy (about 120 MJ / kg) obtained by combustion of hydrogen and the absence of any impurities (by-product is only water). But there isn’t a big problem with its storage and transport in gaseous form. Pressure vessels are large, contain gas under high pressure and are dangerous. Storage of hydrogen in liquid form requires a very low temperature and additional costs for the liquefaction. Storage the hydrogen in the solid materials is safe and effective way to store energy. This type of cell can be used both for stationary and mobile equipment. Now very prospective solution is hydrogen storage by adsorption in solids (alloys, composites, etc.). The main requirements for modern materials for hydrogen storage in the automotive industry are: high gravimetric density, easy absorption / desorption of hydrogen at normal temperatures and pressures, low price of materials and their ecological safety. Conventional hydrides, such as LaNi5H6 and derivatives of zirconium and titanium alloys are commonly used in hydrogen storage systems have the storage capacity of less than 2% by weight of hydrogen. Four major groups of suitable materials include: carbon and other materials with high surface areas (nanotubes, graphite nanofibers, zeolites, etc.), Reactive chemical hydrides, complex hydrides, for example: allantoin and alloys or intermetallic compounds. So far, multicomponent lithium alloys containing elements p- and d-electron, as materials for hydrogen storage haven’t been studied in the world. Initial studies made by applicants have shown a very positive impact elements of d- and p-electron corrosion resistance and extends the life of storage materials for hydrogen. Our proposed test procedure (synthesis-phase composition-crystal structure and electronic and an absorptive properties and catalytic) will nominate the most optimal compositions of alloys for practical use.

Prizes/Award

  1. Silver medal on the International Warsaw Invention Exhibition IWIS 2017: „A method for the generation of modern cells based on carbon nanostructures” – a technology for the production of electric cells based on carbon nanotubes
  2. Gold medal on the International Invention and Innovation „Show INTARG” for the invention: O- (1R, 2S) -N-methyl-ephedrine n-Alkanosulfinate, a process for the preparation of sulfinated derivatives of (-) – (1R, 2S) -N- methylephedrine and using
  3. Gold medal at the International Warsaw Invention Exhibition IWIS 2018: „Prototype batteries with target based in carbon nanostructures” – technology for the production of electric cells based on carbon nanotubes, W. Ciesielski, J. Drabowicz, S. Żarska, D. Kulawik, A. Folentraska, V. Pavlyuk
  4. Distinction from the Polish Chamber of Chemical Industry for a prototype of a battery with a cell based on carbon nanostructures „, at the International Warsaw Invention Exhibition IWIS 2018, in Ciesielski, J. Drabowicz, S. Żarska, D. Kulawik, A. Folentraska, V. Pavlyuk
  5. Gold medal at the Seoul International Invention Fair 2018: „Battery prototype with cel based in carbon nanostructures” – technology for the production of electric cells based on carbon nanotubes, Seoul, Korea, 6-9.12.2018, W. Ciesielski, D. Kulawik, A. Folentarska, S. Żarska, J. Drabowicz , V. Pavlyuk
  6. Silver medal for the Technology of producing innovative nutraceuticals and cosmetics using waste from winemaking. Creators: dr hab. Wojciech Ciesielski, prof. UJD, dr Tomasz Girek, mgr Damian Kulawik, mgr Sandra Żarska, mgr Agnieszka Folentarska, mgr Katarzyna Ciesielska, mgr Beata Girek, dr hab. Maciej Giarkioł, prof. Elżbieta Pisulewska
  7. During the 13th International Warsaw Invention Show IWIS 2019 was awarded to: Gold medal for the Technology of producing innovative nutraceuticals and cosmetics using waste from winemaking. Creators: dr hab. Wojciech Ciesielski, prof. UJD, dr Tomasz Girek, mgr Damian Kulawik, mgr Sandra Żarska, mgr Agnieszka Folentarska, mgr Katarzyna Ciesielska, mgr Beata Girek, dr hab. Maciej Gąstoł, prof. Elżbieta Pisulewska)

Membership in Polish and international scientific or academic organisations:
– Member of the Polish Chemical Society
– Member of the Polish Society of Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis

Participation in scientific committees:
1. „XV International Seminar on Physics and Chemistry of Solids”, Częstochowa, 2009
2. „SAFETY ENGINEERING AND CIVILIZATION THREATS CHALLENGES FOR SAFETY”, Częstochowa, 8-9.062016
3. 57th Meeting of The Polish Chemical Society, Częstochowa, 14-18.09. 2014
4. 2016 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT AND EARTH SCIENCES (ICEEES2016) Szanghaj 12 – 14.12.2016

5. 4th Central and Eastern European Conference on Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (CEEC-TAC), 28-31.08.2017, Kiszyniów, Mołdawia
6. 2017 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT AND EARTH SCIENCES (ICEEES2017) Hangzhou 13–14.12.2017

7. 4th International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2017(ICNSNT 2017), 14-16.12.2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka

8. 5th Central and Eastern European Conference on Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (CEEC-TAC5), 27th and 30th of August 2019 in Roma/Rome, Italy

9. 14th Mediterranean Conference on Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis (Medicta2019), 27th and 30th of August 2019 in Roma/Rome, Italy

10. XXI International Seminar on Physics and Chemistry of Solids (21 ISPCS), Częstochowa, 10-13.06.2018

11. XVIII INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM on SELECTED PROBLEMS OF CHEMISTRY OF ACYCLIC AND CYCLIC HETEROORGANIC COMPOUNDS, CZĘSTOCHOWA, November 22nd, 2018

12. 22nd International Conference on Composite Materials 2019, 11 – 16 August 2019, Melbourne, Australia

13. XIX INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM on SELECTED PROBLEMS OF CHEMISTRY OF ACYCLIC AND CYCLIC HETEROORGANIC COMPOUNDS, CZĘSTOCHOWA, November 21st, 2019


Member of Editorial Board:
Chemistry. Environment. Biotechnology (ISSN 2083-7097) – 5 pkt. MNiSW

Rynek-Społeczeństwo-Kultura (ISSN 2300-5491) – 6 pkt. MNiSW

Technology, Computer Science, Safety Engineering (ISSN 2300-5343) – 7 pkt. MNISW

International Journal of Energy and Power Engineering

Biofuels, hydrogen storage, battery, energy, nanotechnology

SCIREA Journal of Agriculture

SCIREA Journal of Food

SCIREA Journal of Chemical Engineering

SCIREA Journal of Energy

SCIREA Journal of Materials

SCIREA Journal of Environment

SCIREA journal of Chemistry

Guest Editor – journal Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344, IF 3.444)

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