Pawel J. Kulesza

Affiliation and official address:

Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Pasteura 1, PL-02-093 Warsaw, Poland


Tel: +48228220211 ext. 289; +48609756439 (mobile); Fax: +48228225996

Date and place of birth: March 19, 1955, Warsaw, Poland

Education (degrees, dates, universities):
1973 - 1978 University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland; M.Sc. with Highest Honors in Chemistry (Analytical & Inorganic).
1980 - 1983 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, U.S.A. - Ph.D. in Chemistry (Analytical)
1984 - 1985 University of Texas at Austin and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - postdoctoral positions with Professor Larry R. Faulkner (materials chemistry, analytical chemistry)
1993 University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland - D.Sc. (Habilitation )
1999 University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland - titular (full) Professor of Chemistry


  • Harvard Medical School - Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.; graduate training in biomedical applications of electrochemistry (summer 1978)
  • University of Warsaw; teaching and research assistant at Department of Chemistry (1978-1980)
  • Southern Illinois University; teaching and research assistant at Department of Chemistry (1980-1983)
  • University of Texas and University of Illinois; postdoctoral research associate to Professor Larry R. Faulkner (1984-1985)
  • University of Warsaw; teaching and research instructor at Department of Chemistry (1985-1989); assistant to associate dean for student affairs (1986-1989)
  • Fritz-Haber Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Department of Physical Chemistry, Berlin, Germany, visiting scientist in Professor K. Doblhofer's laboratory (summer 1988)
  • University of Illinois, visiting teaching and research professor (1989-1991, and a few months in 1992, and 1993)
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland, visiting professor at the Department of Physical Chemistry, Professor M. Gratzel, Head (summer 1992)
  • Camerino University, Camerino, Italy, visiting professor at the Dept of Chemistry, Professor R. Marassi, Head (summers 1993-1998)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.A., visiting professor in Professor R. W. Murray laboratory (4 month in 1998, and in 2001)
  • Permanent professor position (since 1995): Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Poland; associate (extraordinary) professor and full (ordinary) professor

(i) main field: Electrochemistry, Materials and Surface Chemistry, Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry
(ii) other fields: Inorganic Chemistry, Organic and Inorganic Polymers, Surface Analysis (Spectroscopic and Nanoscopic Techniques), Electrochemical and Catalytic Interfaces, Carbon Nanomaterials
(iii) current research interest: characterization of thin solid films on electrodes, organized structures, composite materials. Nanomaterials, noble metal nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes. Charge storage and electrochemical capacitors, electrochromic systems, molecular electronics. Electrocatalysis, fundamentals and applications (fuel cells); electron transfer in biological, systems, bio-electrocatalysis. Corrosion protection. Development of amperometric sensors.

Honours, Awards, Fellowships, Membership of Professional Societies

  • The Polish Chemical Society Annual Award (1989); The University of Warsaw Award (1st Degree) for Scientific Achievements on occassion of 40th Anniversary of Department of Chemistry (1995); Professor Wiktor Kemula Award (for achievemens in research in electrochemistry) founded by University of Warsaw (1997); Professor Arkadiusz Piekara Award (for excellence in teaching) founded by University of Warsaw (1998).
  • Chairman (since 1997) and Vice-Chairman (1995-1997), Electrochemical Section, Polish Chemical Society;
  • Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry (since 1997); Member of Advisory Board, Electrochimica Acta (since 2002);
  • Chairman of European Section, Electrochemical Society (2003-2007); General Secretary, Polish Chemical Society (1992-95); Chairman of Organizing Committees, 14th International Symposia of Electrochemical Section, Polish Chemical Society, Gdansk, Poland, 1999; NATO Workshop, Poraj, Poland, 2000, Electrode Processes, Szczyrk, 2003, ECS Symposium on Nanostructured Materials, Quebec City, Canada, 2004
  • National Representative of Poland to International Society of Electrochemistry (since 2007)

Number of papers in refereed journals: 150
Number of communications to scientific meetings: 190
Books (chapters): 2; review articles: 3

Recent selected publications:

  • Kulesza, P. J., Chojak, M. Miecznikowski, K., Lewera, A., Malik, M. A., Kuhn, A.,
    Polyoxometallates as inorganic templates for monolayers and multilayers of ultrathin polyaniline,
    Electrochem. Comm., 4, 510 (2002).
  • Zamborini, F. P., Leopold, M. C, Hicks, J. F., Kulesza, P. J., Malik, M. A., Murray, R. W.,
    Electron hopping conductivity and vapor sensing properties of flexible network polymer films of metal nanoparticles
    J. Am. Chem. Soc., 124, 8958 (2002).
  • P.J. Kulesza, M. Chojak, K. Karnicka, K. Miecznikowski, B. Palys, A. Lewera, A. Wieckowski, Network Films Composed of Conducting Polymer-Linked and Polyoxometallate-Stabilized Platinum Nanoparticles, Chemistry of Materials (ACS Journal), 16, 4128 (2004).
  • P. Garrigue, M.-H. Delville, C. Labrugere, E. Cloutet, P.J. Kulesza, J.P. Morand, A. Kuhn, Top-Down Approach for the ppreparation of Colloidal Carbon nanoparticles, Chemistry of Materials , 16, 2984 (2004).
  •  M.A. Malik, R. W odarczyk, P.J. Kulesza, H. Bala, K. Miecznikowski, Protective Properties of Hexacyanoferrate Containing Polypyrrole Films on Stainless Steel, Corrosion Science, 47, 771 (2005).
  • K. Karnicka, M. Chojak, K. Miecznikowski, M. Skunik, B. Baranowska, A. Kolary, A. Piranska, B. Palys, L. Adamczyk, P.J. Kulesza, Polyoxometallates as Inorganic Templates for Electrocatalytic Network Films of Ultra-Thin Conducting Polymers and Platinum Nanoparticles, Bioelectrochemistry, 66, 79 (2005).
  • P.J. Kulesza,K. Karnicka, K. Miecznikowski, M. Chojak, A. Kolary, Piotr J. Barczuk, G. Tsirlina, W. Czerwinski, Network Electrocatalytic Films of Conducting Polymer-Linked Polyoxometallate-Stabilized Platinum Nanoparticles, Electrochimica Acta, 50, 5155 (2005).
  • S. Zamponi, M. Giorgetti, M. Berrettoni, P.J. Kulesza, J.A. Cox, A.M. Kijak, Cobalt Hexacyanoferrate in PAMAM-Doped Silica Matrix 1. Solid State Electrochemistry and Thermochromism, Electrochimica Acta, 51, 118 (2005). 2. Structural and Electronic Characterization, Electrochimica Acta, 51, 511 (2005).
  • J.M. Macak, P.J. Barczuk, H. Tsuchiya, M.Z. Nowakowska, A. Ghicov, M. Chojak, S. Bauer, S. Virtanen, P.J. Kulesza, P. Schmuki, Self-Organized Nanotubular TiO2 Matrix as Support for Dispersed Pt/Ru nanoparticles: Enhancement of the Electrocatalytic Oxidation of methanol, Electrochemistry Communications, 7, 1417 (2005).
  • M. Skunik, B. Baranowska, D. Fattakhova, K. Miecznikowski, M. Chojak, A. Kuhn, P.J. Kulesza, Electrochemical Charging and Electrocatalysis at Hybrid Films of Polymer-Interconnected Polyoxometallate-Stabilized Carbon Submicroparticles, Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, 10, 168 (2006).
  • P.J. Kulesza,M. Skunik, B. Baranowska, K. Miecznikowski, M. Chojak, K. Karnicka, E. Frackowiak, F. Beguin, A. Kuhn, M.H. Deville, B. Starobrzynska, A. Ernst, Fabrication of Network Films of Conducting Polymer-Linked Polyoxometallate-Stabilized Carbon Nanostructures, Electrochimica Acta, 51, 2373 (2006).
  • P.J. Barczuk, H. Tsuchiya, J.M. Macak, P. Schmuki, D. Szymanska, O. Makowski, K. Miecznikowski, P.J. Kulesza, Enhancement of the Electrocatalytic Oxidation of methanol at Pt/Ru Nanoparticles Immobilized in Different WO3 Matrices, Electrochemical and Solid State Letters, 9, E13 (2006).
  • P.J. Kulesza, K. Miecznikowski, B. Baranowska, M. Skunik, S. Fichter, P. Bogdanoff, I. Dorbandt, Tungsten oxide as Active Matrix for Dispersed Carbon-Supported RuSex Nanoparticles: Enhancement of the Electrocatalytic Oxygen Reduction, Electrochemistry Communications, 8, 904 (2006)

Last updated: March, 2007 by Pawel Kulesza