I graduated from the Silesian University of Technology in Poland in 2005, with an MSc Eng in Chemical Technology. My MSc project under the direction of Professor Anna Chrobok was on oxidations in ionic liquids, and inspired my life-long passion for these unique media.
Fascinated by ionic liquids, I joined Queen’s University Ionic Liquid Laboratories (QUILL) at Queen’s University Belfast as a PhD student of Professor Kenneth R Seddon. My project, partially funded by BP, spanned from the synthesis of Brønsted and Lewis acidic ionic liquids, through homogenous catalysis with these systems, to fundamental investigations of metal speciation in ionic liquids. Having graduated in 2009, I was appointed as a post-doctoral researcher in QUILL, and offered a truly unique opportunity to shape and direct my own research project on metal-containing ionic liquids, looking at their speciation, Lewis acidity measurements and applications in both catalysis and synthesis of inorganic materials. Since October 2011, I became a project leader, working with a small team on the synthesis of lubricant base oils, in projects sponsored firstly by Petronas and then by Evonik. In parallel, I developed my research into main group chemistry in ionic liquids.
In February 2015 I was awarded Queen’s University Research Fellowship in Green Chemistry (tenure-track position) and I started building my own research group. In September 2017, I was appointed an Acting Director of the QUILL Research Centre, and in January 2018 – following the death of Professor Seddon, I formally became the Director of QUILL. Recently, my Fellowship has finished and my position was converted into a regular Lectureship. In 2019 I became a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (tenured).
I am a member of Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Chemical Engineering. I also hold Memberships of the Royal Society of Chemistry and American Chemical Society.