I graduated from the Silesian University of Technology in Poland in 2005, with an MSc Eng in Chemical Technology. My MSc project on radical oxidation in ionic liquids, under the direction of Professor Anna Chrobok, inspired my life-long passion for these unique media.
In pursuit of my interests, I joined a PhD programme under the supervision of Professor Kenneth R Seddon, at Queen’s University Ionic Liquid Laboratories (QUILL), Queen’s University Belfast. My PhD research (partially funded by BP), was on Brønsted and Lewis acidic ionic liquids for homogenous catalysis. Following my graduation in 2009, I was offered a post-doctoral position at QUILL, developing metal-containing ionic liquids, looking at their speciation, Lewis acidity measurements and applications in both catalysis and synthesis of inorganic materials. Two years later, I started leading a small team of researchers at QUILL, working on the acid-catalysed synthesis of lubricant base oils, in collaboration with Petronas. In parallel, I developed my fundemantal research into main group chemistry in ionic liquids.
In 2015 I won a Queen’s University Research Fellowship in Sustainable Chemistry (tenure-track position) and started building my own research group. In 2019 my position was converted into a Lectureship in Inorganic Chemistry at School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (tenured), followed by a promotion to Senior Lecturer the same year. In the meantime, after passing of Prof Seddon in 2018, I took over the Directorship of the QUILL Research Centre.
I am a member of Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Chemical Engineering and a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.