Prof. Dr. Piotr Tomasik, D.Sc, born in Drohobycz, Poland, on May 19th, 1937. From 1954 to 1959 studied at the Chemical Faculty of the Technical University of Wroclaw. Graduated as M.Sc. in petrochemistry after defending his M.Sc. theses „A novel method of removal of the residual acidity from lubricating oils and petroleum fractions”. From Feb. 1959 to Sept. 1961 assistant in Department of Organic Chemistry at the Pharmaceutical Faculty of the Medical Academy in Wroclaw lead by prof. Dr. Bogusław Bobranski, where he carried out research on the field of synthesis of novel barbiturates and teaching practical organic synthesis. From Oct. 1961 to Sept. 1967 he worked in Department of Organic Chemistry I at the Technical University of Wrocław lead by Prof. Dr. Edwin Płażek and, after his death, by Prof. Dr. Zofia Skrowaczewska. He carried his research on acylphosphites and heterocyclic chemistry (chiefly pyridines) and teaching practical organic synthesis as well as fundamentals of organic chemistry. He defended his Ph.D. theses on Sept. 1966 under supervision of Prof. Dr. Zofia Skrowaczewska. Title of theses: On chemical and polarographic reduction of 3,5-dinitropyridine and some of its derivatives. From Nov. 1967 he worked as an adjunct in the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Laboratory of Petrochemistry in Wroclaw lead by Prof. Dr. Zdzisław Tomasik where until Feb. 1972 he carried a research on the application of the correlation analysis to the reactivity of the pyridine system and heterocyclic synthesis in the pyridine series.
From Apr. 1972 till Jan. 1973 he worked in the Institute of Chemistry and Technology of Petroleum and Coal at the Technical University of Wroclaw lead by Prof. Dr. Zdzisław Tomasik continuing his research on the correlation analysis in the pyridine system and teaching of technical analysis of fuels, oils and lubricants. He lead a small research group of two young scientists and supervised first M.Sc. theses.
From Feb.1973 till June 1978 he kept position of assistant professor at the Pedagogical University (Teacher sEducation College) of Częstochowa heading the Department of Organic Chemistry with 12 research assistants and 4 technicians. He continuously developed research on the field of correlation analysis, novel reactions of pyridines and synthesis of new heterocyclic systems, mainly pyrazoloquinolines. Defended his D.Sc. theses „On the Hammett Approach to the Heterocyclic chemistry” on June 1973 in the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw.
From July 1978 he took position of the associate professor of chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Physics of the University of Agriculture in Cracow. He continued his research on the field of novel syntheses in the pyridine system, correlation analysis, synthesis of novel heterocyclic systems and, additionally, chemical modification of starch and cereals.
In the period of two academic years (1985 – 1987) he held position of full professor at the Faculty of Science of the Garyounis University in Benghazi (Libya) and was the leader of Organic Chemistry Section in the Chemistry Department teaching organic chemistry courses on five levels for undergraduate students as well as organic reaction mechanisms, correlation analysis and carbohydrate chemistry courses at the M.Sc. level. He supervised two M.Sc. theses, first two theses defended in the history of the Department.
In Dec. 1990 he received degree of full professor at the University of Agriculture in Cracow.
Feb. 1991- Dec.1993 he maintained also full professorship at the University of Zimbabwe and chair in Department of Chemistry.
In the period of 1996 – 2007 he lead the Department of Chemistry (30 persons) at the University of Agriculture in Cracow. On Oct. 2007 he retired retaining research and part time teaching duties. In the period from 1st Oct. 2010 to 1 Sept. 2017 he was full professor at Krakow College of Health Promotion teaching fundamentals of chemistry, food chemistry and biochemistry, fundamentals of biotechnology of cosmetics. and food nanotechnology developing studies in the area of psychophysics.
From 1st Sept. 2017 he took position of the head of the R&D Department of Nantes Nanotechnological System. Inc. in Bolesławiec, Poland
Foreign Scientific Training:
June 1969 – June 1970: in the leave of absence for 1 year postdoctoral training at the University of Alabama (USA) working for Dr. R.A. Abramovitch on same novel direct substitutions of the pyridine ring.
Oct.1975 and Nov. 1978: 1 month visits in the Dr. Abramovitch laboratories.
Sept. 1990: Three month visiting professor in The Institute of Industrial Science, Tokyo University.
June 1993 – June 1994: visiting researcher at Iowa State University USA.
May-September 1997: visiting researcher at Iowa State University, USA
January-March 1999: visiting professor in Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C.
May-June 1999: visiting researcher at Iowa State University, USA
July-August 2000, visiting researcher, Ames Lab. Iowa, USA.
Nov. 2000 – Aug. 2001 – 9 months visiting prof. in Institute of Chemistry, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
July-Nov. 2002: visiting professor at Saginaw Valley State University
June 2005: visiting prof. at Skt. Petersburg University and Kazan Technical University
Jan. 2006: visiting prof. at Tatung University, Taipei
Apr. 2007: visiting prof. at Fudan University, Shanghai
Supervised 29 Ph.D. theses.
Presented over 50 lectures presented at Polish Universities, in Scientific Institutes and in Industry all over Poland and numerous countries: 1969:Petrochemical Factory Burgas and Bulgarian Technical Organization, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 1970:The University of Alabama, USA, The University of Torino, Italy, Academy of Agriculture, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 1972:Technical University of Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, the Universities of Torino, Pisa, Perugia, Padova and Rome in Italy as well as Italian Academy of Sciences (CNR), Bologna, 1974:Technical University of Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, 1975:The University of Alabama, USA, Reilly Tar Company, Indianapolis, USA, Dow Chemicals, Midland, Michigan, USA, The University of New Orleans, USA, Technical University of Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, 1978:Clemson University, USA, Tennessee State University, Nashville, USA, 1979: the Universities of Padova and Florence, Italy; 1982:The Safarik University of Kosice, Czechoslovakia, 1988:Academy of Sciences of GDR in Potsdam and The Humboldt University, East Berlin, GDR, 1989:The University of Essex, United Kingdom, 1990: the Universities of Aarhus, Odense and Lyngby, Denmark as well as Tokyo Universities of Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto Kyushu (Fukuoka), Hokkaido (Sapporo), Tsukuba, Japan and in Gun Ei Chemical Industry, Takasaka Japan. 1992: Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg, University of Cape Town, The University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, The University of Natal, Durban, RSA, 1994: Iowa State University, Clemson University and American Maize-Product Company, Hammond, USA, 1995: The Slovak Chemical Society, Bratislawa, 1996: Institute of Food Research Norwich and Napier University Edinburgh, UK, 1997: Iowa State University, 1999: Iowa State University USA, Academia Sinica, Taipei, University of Taichung, University of Taiwan, Taipei, President Co., Tainan, Taiwan, 2001: Academia Sinica and Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu, Taiwan, 2002: Saginaw Valley State University and Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, USA, 2006: Tatung University, Taipei, Academia Sinica, Taipei, National Taiwan University of Technology, Taipei, Providence University, Taichiung, Feng Chia University, Taichung and Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd., Taoyuan, Taiwan, 2007: Fudan University, Shanghai, Republic of China and Tatung University, Taipei, Taiwan.
Active part in over 160 domestic and foreign scientific meetings and conferences.
1. Heterocyclic synthesis i. e.:
Heterocyclic luminophores for electroluminescent devices (pyrazoloquinolines, isoxazoloquinolines etc.)
2. Chemical and physicochemical modification of carbohydrates:
-effect of polarized light on enzymatic processes on carbohydrates
3. Nanotechnology: modifications of carbon nanotubes and quantum dots, luminescent carbon nanotubes and polysaccharide foils, nanowater
4. Metal-metal interactions in biological systems
5. Weak electric and magnetic phenomena and their applications.
6. Psychophysics – cooperation of senses, sensual impression depending on culture and tradition (links to quality of eating and digestion)
Publications: monographs, chapters in monographs, extended reviews and theses: 55; other reviews: 22, student textbooks: 7; full research papers: 382, other papers: 15, patents: 67, translations of monographs for the Polish Scientific Editor: 3.