Prof. Małgorzata (Gosia) Swadźba-Kwaśny graduated from the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, Poland (2005) with an MSc Eng in Chemical Technology. In her final year, she researched oxidations in ionic liquids under the supervision of Prof Chrobok. She then moved to QUB, where she studied acidic ionic liquids for her PhD degree, supervised by Prof. Ken Seddon at Queen’s University Ionic Liquid Laboratories (QUILL). Following graduation (2009), Gosia worked a post-doctoral researcher at QUILL, and was involved both in fundamental studies of inorganic chemistry in ionic liquids, and in industrial collaborations with Petronas and Evonik.
In 2015 Gosia won Queen’s University Research Fellowship in Green Chemistry (a tenure-track position) and established her own research group. She was promoted to a Senior Lecturer in 2019 and to a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in 2021. Since 2018, Gosia has been the Director of the QUILL Research Centre.
Gosia’s research interests lie in ionic liquids and other advanced liquid materials. She is particularly interested in Brønsted and Lewis acidic liquids for catalytic applications, in combining ionic liquids with main group chemistry (particularly frustrated Lewis pairs), and liquid-phase speciation of metal complexes. Gosia collaborates extensively with ISIS Neutron and Muon Source and Diamond Light Source to access advanced neutron scattering and X-ray spectroscopic techniques for the study of the liquid phase. In parallel, she is involved in a range of industrial collaborations.
Gosia is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. She serves as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Chemical Engineering.