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Professor Marek Kowalczuk

Professor Marek Kowalczuk

Professor in Synthetic/Polymer Chemistry

  • Email address M.Kowalczuk@wlv.ac.uk
  • Phone number 01902 322272
  • Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Institute School of Biology, Chemistry and Forensic Science
  • Areas of expertise
    • Development of anionic ROP of β-substitutes β-lactones for synthetic analogues of natural PHA
    • Development of analytical methods for the analysis of biodegradable aliphatic polyesters and products of their
        biodegradation.

Marek Kowalczuk graduated from the Chemistry Department at the Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland. He received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Science (1984) and his ‘Habilitation’ in Technical Science (1994) from the same University. Since 2010 he has been a Professor of Chemistry, nominated by the President of Poland. In 1973 he joined the Centre of Polymer Chemistry at the Polish Academy of Science in Zabrze, Poland (currently: the Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials, Polish Academy of Science) and focused on anionic ring opening polymerization of β-lactones, especially β-butylolactone. Marek joined the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton in 2013.

His main scientific interests are: biodegradable and functional polymers; novel initiators and mechanisms of anionic polymerization related to the synthesis of biodegradable polymers possessing desired architecture; biodegradation of synthetic and natural polymers; and novel mass spectrometry techniques for analysis of biodegradable polymers at the molecular level.

His current research involves structural studies of biocompatible copolymers and blends of controlled biodegradability containing synthetic analogues of natural polyhydroxyalkanoates and copolymerisation reactions to novel polymeric materials with “made-to-order” structure and properties, with variety of catalysts, including metal free anionic initiators.

  • Marek Kowalczuk has experience in running goal-oriented projects including the projects supported by governmental bodies and the research programmes under the framework of European Commission, COST and EUREKA.

Professional highlights

  • 1990 visiting lecturer - University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA, USA.
  • 1991 visiting lecturer - Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1998 – 1999   invited lecturer – Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
  • 2005 – 2008   Fellow of Marie-Curie 6PR UE TOK – University of Bologna, Italy (6 months)
  • 2007- current General Secretary of The Central and East European Polymer Network  http://www.ceepn.org/

Member of editorial advisory boards:

  • Biomacromolecular Mass Spectrometry
  • Designed Monomers and Polymers
  • The Open Spectroscopy Journal

Publications 2018 – 2013

 

  • I. Kwiecień, G. Adamus, G. Jiang, I. Radecka, T. C. Baldwin, H. R. Khan, B. Johnston, V. Pennetta, D. Hill, I. Bretz, M. M. Kowalczuk (2018) Biodegradable PBAT/PLA blend with bioactive MCPA-PHBV conjugate suppresses weed growth. BIOMACROMOLECULES Volume: 19 Page: 511.
  • J. Brzeska, M. Morawska, A. Heimowska, W. Sikorska, W. Wałach, A. Hercog, M. Kowalczuk, M. Rutkowska (2018) The influence of chemical structure on thermal properties and surface morphology of polyurethane materials. CHEMICAL PAPERS Volume: 72 Issue: 5 Page: 1249.
  • J. Rydz, M. Musioł, M. Kowalczuk (2017) Polymers tailored for controlled (bio)degradation through end-group and in-chain functionalization. CURRENT ORGANIC SYNTHESIS Volume: 14 Issue: 6 Page: 768.
  • I. R. Khalil, A. T. H. Burns, I. Radecka, M.Kowalczuk , T. Khalaf, G. Adamus, B. Johnston, M. P. Khechara (2017) Bacterial-Derived Polymer Poly-y-Glutamic Acid (y-PGA)-Based Micro/Nanoparticles as a Delivery System for Antimicrobials and Other Biomedical Applications. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR SCIENCES Volume: 18 Issue: 2 Page: 313.
  • M. Musioł, J. Rydz, H. Janeczek, I. Radecka, G. Jiang, M. Kowalczuk (2017) Forensic engineering of advanced polymeric materials Part IV: Case study of oxo-biodegradable polyethylene commercial bag – Aging in biotic and abiotic environment. WASTE MANAGEMENT Volume: 64 Page: 20.
  • G. Adamus, P. Kurcok, I. Radecka, M. Kowalczuk (2017) Bioactive oligomers from natural polyhydroxyalkanoates and their synthetic analogues. POLIMERY Volume: 62 Issue: 4 Page: 317.
  • I. Kwiecień, I. Radecka, M. Kowalczuk, K. Jelonek, A. Orchel, G. Adamus (2017) The synthesis and structural characterization of graft copolymers composed of γ-PGA backbone and oligoesters pendant chains. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR MASS SPECTROMETRY Volume: 28 Page: 2223.
  • W. Sikorska, J. Rydz, K. Wolna-Stypka, M. Musioł, G. Adamus, I. Kwiecień, H. Janeczek, K. Duale, M. Kowalczuk (2017) Forensic Engineering of Advanced Polymeric Materials - Part V: Prediction Studies of Aliphatic–Aromatic Copolyester and Polylactide Commercial Blends in View of Potential Applications as Compostable Cosmetic Packages. POLYMERS Volume: 9 Page: 257.
  • J. Brzeska, M. Morawska, A. Heimowska, W. Sikorska, A. Tercjak, M. Kowalczuk, M. Rutkowska (2017) Degradability of cross-linked polyurethanes/chitosan composites. POLIMERY Volume: 62 Issue: 7-8 Page: 567.
  • J. Brzeska, M. Morawska, W. Sikorska, A. Tercjak, M. Kowalczuk, M. Rutkowska (2017) Degradability of cross-linked polyurethanes based on synthetic polyhydroxybutyrate and modified with polylactide. CHEMICAL PAPERS Volume: 71 Page: 2243.
  • I. Krucińska, B. Żywicka, A. Komisarczyk, M. Szymonowicz, S. Kowalska, E. Zaczyńska, M. Struszczyk, A. Czarny, P. Jadczyk, B. Umińska-Wasiluk, Z. Rybak, M. Kowalczuk (2017) Biological Properties of Low-Toxicity PLGA and PLGA/PHB Fibrous Nanocomposite Implants for Osseous Tissue Regeneration. Part I: Evaluation of Potential Biotoxicity. MOLECULES Volume: 22 Page: 2092.
  • M. Kowalczuk, G. Adamus (2016) Mass spectrometry for the elucidation of the subtle molecular structure of biodegradable polymers and their degradation products. MASS SPECTROMETRY REVIEWS Volume: 35 Issue: 1 Page: 188.
  • M. Musioł, W. Sikorska, G. Adamus, H. Janeczek, M. Kowalczuk, J. Rydz (2016) (Bio)degradable polymers as a potential material for food packaging: studies on the (bio)degradation process of PLA/(R,S)-PHB rigid foils under industrial composting conditions. EUROPEAN FOOD RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY Volume: 242 Issue: 6 Page: 815.
  • I. R. Khalil, V. U. Irorere, I. Radecka, A. T. H. Burns, M. Kowalczuk, J. L. Mason, M. P. Khechara (2016) Poly-γ-glutamic acid: Biodegradable polymer for potential protection of beneficial viruses. MATERIALS Volume: 9 Page: 28.
  • M. Musioł, W. Sikorska, G. Adamus, H. Janeczek, J. Richert, R. Malinowski, G. Jiang, M. Kowalczuk (2016) Forensic engineering of advanced polymeric materials. Part III - Biodegradation of thermoformed rigid PLA packaging under industrial composting conditions. WASTE MANAGEMENT Volume: 52 Page: 69.
  • I. Radecka, V. Irorere, G. Jiang, D. Hill, C. Williams, G. Adamus, M. Kwiecień, A. A. Marek, J. Zawadiak, B. Johnston, M. Kowalczuk (2016) Oxidized Polyethylene Wax as a Potential Carbon Source for PHA Production. MATERIALS Volume: 9 Issue: 5 Page: 367.
  • M. Kowalczuk, G. Adamus, M. Maksymiak, T. Balakier, J. Jurczak (2016) Bioactive (co)oligoesters with antioxidant properties – synthesis and structural characterization at the molecular level. RSC ADVANCES Volume: 6 Page: 57751
  • G. Jiang, D. J. Hill, M. Kowalczuk, B. Johnston, G. Adamus, V. Irorere, I. Radecka (2016) Carbon Sources for Polyhydroxyalkanoates and an Integrated Biorefinery. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR SCIENCES Volume: 17 Issue: 7 Page: 1157.
  • I. Kwiecień, I. Radecka, M. Kowalczuk, G. Adamus (2015) Transesterification of PHA to oligomers covalently bonded with (bio)active compounds containing either carboxyl or hydroxyl functionalities PLOS ONE Volume: 10 Issue: 3.
  • I. Kwiecień, T. Bałakier, J. Jurczak, M. Kowalczuk, G. Adamus (2015) Molecular architecture of novel potentially bioactive (co)oligoesters containing pesticide moieties established by electrospray ionization multistage mass spectrometry. RAPID COMMUNICATIONS IN MASS SPECTROMETRY Volume: 29 Page: 533.
  • W. Sikorska, M. Musiol, B. Nowak, J. Pajak, S. Labuzek, M. Kowalczuk, G. Adamus (2015) Degradability of polylactide and its blend with poly[(R,S)-3-hydroxybutyrate] in industrial composting and compost extract. INTERNATIONAL BIODETERIORATION AND BIODEGRADATION Volume: 101 Page: 32.
  • J. Brzeska, H. Janeczek, H. Janik, M. Kowalczuk, M. Rutkowska (2015) Degradability in vitro of polyurethanes based on synthetic atactic poly[(R,S)-3-hydroxybutyrate]. BIO-MEDICAL MATERIALS AND ENGINEERING Volume: 25 Page: 117.
  • J. Brzeska, A. Heimowska, M. Morawska, A. Niepsuj, W. Sikorska, M. Kowalczuk, M. Rutkowska Kompozyty poliuretanu zawierającego poli([R,S]-3-hydroksymaślan) z chitozanem. POLIMERY Volume: 60 Issue: 6 Page: 391.
  • J. Rydz, K. Wolna-Stypka, G. Adamus, H. Janeczek, M. Musioł, M. Sobota, A. Marcinkowski, A. Kržan, M. Kowalczuk (2015) Forensic engineering of advanced polymeric materials. Part 1 – Degradation studies of polylactide blends with atactic poly[(R,S)-3-hydroxybutyrate] in Paraffin. CHEMICAL AND BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING QUARTERLY Volume: 29 Issue: 2 Page: 247.
  • M. Maksymiak, R. Debowska, K. Bazela, A. Dzwigalowska, A. Orchel, K. Jelonek, B. Dolegowska, M. M. Kowalczuk, G. Adamus (2015) Designing of biodegradable and biocompatible release and delivery systems of selected antioxidants used in cosmetology. BIOMACROMOLECULES Volume: 6 Issue: 11 Page: 3603.
  • J. Brzeska, A. Heimowska, W. Sikorska, L. Jasińska-Walc, M. Kowalczuk, M. Rutkowska (2015) Chemical and enzymatic hydrolysis of polyurethane/polylactide blends. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE, Article ID 795985.
  • I. Kwiecień, G. Adamus, A. Bartkowiak, M. Kowalczuk (2014) Synthesis and structural characterization at the molecular level of oligo(3-hydroxybutyrate) conjugates with antimicrobial agents designed for food packaging materials. DESIGNED MONOMERS AND POLYMERS Volume: 17 Issue: 4 Page: 311.
  • G. Adamus, I. Kwiecien, M. Maksymiak, T. Bałakier, J. Jurczak, M. Kowalczuk (2014) Molecular level structure of novel synthetic analogues of aliphatic biopolyesters as revealed by multistage mass spectrometry. ANALYTICA CHIMICA ACTA Volume: 808 Page: 104.
  • M. Maksymiak, M. Kowalczuk, G. Adamus (2014) Electrospray tandem mass spectrometry for the structural characterization of p-coumaric acid - oligo(3-hydroxybutyrate) conjugates. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MASS SPECTROMETRY Volume: 359 Page: 6.
  • P. Sajkiewicz, J. Brzeska, P. Denis, W. Sikorska, M. Kowalczuk, M. Rutkowska (2014) The preliminary studies of a structure and electrospinning of new polyurethanes based on synthetic atactic poly[(R,S)-3-hydroxybutyrate]. BULLETIN OF THE POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES-TECHNICAL SCIENCES Volume: 62 Issue: 1 Page: 55.
  • J. Brzeska, A. Heimowska, H. Janeczek, M. Kowalczuk, M. Rutkowska (2014) Polyurethanes based on atactic poly[(R,S)-3-hydroxybutyrate]: Preliminary degradation studies in simulated body fluids. JOURNAL OF POLYMERS AND THE ENVIRONMENT Volume: 22 Page: 176.
  • A. Domagala, M. Maksymiak, H. Janeczek, M. Musiol, R. Turczyn, P. Ledwon, B. Kaczmarczyk, P. Kurcok, G. Adamus, M. Kowalczuk, M. Lapkowski (2014) Oligo-3-hydroxybutyrate functionalized pyrroles for preparation of biodegradable conductive polymers. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE Volume: 49 Issue: 14 Page: 5227.
  • J. Brzeska, P. Dacko, H. Janeczek, H. Janik, W. Sikorska, M. Rutkowska, M. Kowalczuk (2014) Synthesis, properties and applications of new (bio)degradable polyester urethanes. POLIMERY Volume: 59 Issue: 5 Page: 365.
  • I. Krucinska, O. Chrzanowska, M. Bogun, M. Kowalczuk, P. Dobrzyński (2014) Fabrication of PLGA/HAp and PLGA/PHB/HAp fibrous nanocomposite materials for osseous tissue regeneration. AUTEX RESEARCH JOURNAL Volume: 14 Issue: 2 Page: 95.
  • M. Kwiecień, M. Kawalec, P. Kurcok, M. Kowalczuk, G. Adamus (2014) Selective carboxylate induced thermal degradation of bacterial poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-4-hydroxybutyrate) – source of linear uniform 3HB4HB oligomers. POLYMER DEGRADATION AND STABILITY Volume: 110 Page: 71.
  • W. Sikorska, G. Adamus, P. Dobrzynski, M. Libera, P. Rychter, I. Krucinska, A. Komisarczyk, M. Cristea, M. Kowalczuk (2014) Forensic engineering of advanced polymeric materials - Part II: the effect of the solvent-free nonwoven fabrics formation method on the release rate of lactic and glycolic acids from the tin-free poly(lactide-co-glycolide) nonwovens. POLYMER DEGRADATION AND STABILITY Volume: 110 Page: 518.
  • J. Brzeska, A. Heimowska, H. Janeczek, M. Kowalczuk (2014) Polyurethanes  based on atactic poly[(R,S)-3-hydroxybutyrate]: preliminary degradation studies in simulated body   fluids.  JOURNAL OF POLYMERS AND THE ENVIRONMENT Volume: 22 Page: 176.
  • G. Adamus, I. Kwiecien, M. Maksymiak, T.Balakier, J.Jurczak, M. Kowalczuk (2014) Molecular level structure of novel synthetic analogues of aliphatic biopolyesters as revealed by multistage mass spectrometry. ANALYTICA CHIMICA ACTA  Volume: 808   Page: 104.
  • Z. Bartczak, A. Galeski, M.Kowalczuk, M. Sobota, R. Malinowski (2013)
    Tough blends of poly(lactide) and amorphous poly([R,S]-3-hydroxybutyrate) - morphology and properties. EUROPEAN POLYMER JOURNAL  Volume: 49   Page: 3630.
  • A. Muhr, E. M. Rechberger, A. Salerno, A. Reiterer, M. Schiller, M, Kwiecien, G. Adamus, M. Kowalczuk, K. Strohmeier, S. Schober, M. Mittelbach, M. Koller, (2013) Biodegradable latexes from animal-derived waste: Biosynthesis and characterization of mcl-PHA accumulated by Ps. citronellolis.  REACTIVE & FUNCTIONAL POLYMERS  Volume: 73   Issue: 10   Special Issue: SI   Page: 1391.
  • J. Rydz, K. Wolna-Stypka, M. Musiol, U. Szeluga, H. Jeneczek, M. Kowalczuk (2013) Further evidence of polylactide degradation in paraffin and in selected protic media. A thermal analysis of eroded polylactide films. POLYMER DEGRADATION AND STABILITY  Volume: 98   Issue: 8   Page: 1450.
  • T. Balakier, W. Chaladaj, J. Jurczak, G. Adamus, M. Kowalczuk (2013) An effective protocol for the synthesis enantiomerically pure 4-substituted oxetane-2-ones.TETRAHEDRON  Volume: 69   Issue: 24   Page: 4990.
  • M. Maksymiak, R. Debowska, K. Jelonek, M. Kowalczuk, G. Adamus, (2013) Structural characterization of biocompatible lipoic acidoligo-(3-hydroxybutyrate) conjugates by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. RAPID COMMUNICATIONS IN MASS SPECTROMETRY  Volume: 27   Issue: 7   Page: 773.
  • M. Kwiecien, G. Adamus, M. Kowalczuk (2013) Selective Reduction of PHA Biopolyesters and Their Synthetic Analogues to Corresponding PHA Oligodiols Proved by Structural Studies. BIOMACROMOLECULES  Volume: 14   Issue: 4   Page: 1181.