Dr Katarzyna Matczyszyn


Associate Professor, Advanced Materials Engineering and Modelling Group, Faculty of Chemistry, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Erasmus Mundus Master of Excellence coordinator at Faculty of Chemistry, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology


Physical Chemistry, Biophotonics, Nonlinear Optics

Obtained her PhD at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology under the supervision of prof. J. Sworakowski in the field of physical chemistry specializing in photochromic reactions inducing phase transitions in liquid crystals. First post-doctoral training in the CLiq group of prof. J.M. Oton in Politecnica de Madird in the field of antiferroelectric liquid crystal displays in the frame of the UE Sampa project, then in Commissariat a l’energie atomique CEA Saclay under the supervision of prof. F.Kajzar and C. Fiorini-Debuisschert studing photochromic gratings for applications in photovoltaic cells and nonlinear optics. Next post-doctoral contract with prof. A-J. Attias from Universite Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6 Laboratoire de chimie des polymers and Institute de NanoScience de Paris to set-up and test the time-of-flight experiment of liquid crystals for applications in organic electronics. Afterwards, ATER position (teaching and research assistant) at Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan in the group of prof. K. Nakatani – teaching physics to chemists and chemistry to physicist and working on non-linear optical properties of photochromic compounds. Since 2008 prof. M. Samoc group member working on nonlinear optical properties of molecules and materials of biological significance (DNA liquid crystals, photochromic molecules, plasmonic nanoparticles, photosensitizers etc.).

Co-author of about 80 peer-reviewed papers.


  • Member of the Supervisory Board
  • Leader of  WP2 – Recruitment and Supervision of ESR – Training
  • Supervisor of ESR 1

Key publication (5 max):

  • Specific recognition of G-quadruplexes over duplex-DNA by a macromolecular NIR two-photon fluorescent probe
    Deiana, B. Mettra, L. Martinez-Fernandez, L.M. Mazur, K. Pawlik, C. Andraud, M. Samoc, R. Improta, C. Monnereau, K. Matczyszyn,  Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 8, 5915-5920 (2017)
  • Enhancement of the Efficacy of Photodynamic Inactivation of Candida albicans with the Use of Biogenic Gold Nanoparticles
    Maliszewska, B. Lisiak, K. Popko, K. Matczyszyn, , Photochemistry and Photobiology 93 (4), 1081-1090 (2017)
  • Two-photon imaging of 3D organization of bimetallic AuAg nanoclusters in DNA matrix
    Brach, M. Waszkielewicz, J. Olesiak-Bańska, M. Samoć, K. Matczyszyn, , Langmuir 33 (36), 8993–8999 (2017)
  • Unravelling the binding mechanism of a poly(cationic) anthracenyl fluorescent probe with high affinity towards ds-DNA
    Deiana, B. Mettra, K. Matczyszyn, D. Pitrat, J. Olesiak-Bańska, C. Monnereau, C. Andraud, M. Samoć, , Biomacromolecules 17 (11), 3609-3618 (2016)
  • A fluorescent polymer probe with high selectivity towards vascular endothelial cells for and beyond non-invasive two-photon intravital imaging of brain vasculature
    Mettra, F. Appaix, J. Olesiak-Bańska, T. Le Bahers, A. Leung, K. Matczyszyn, M. Samoć, B. van der Sanden, C. Monnereau, C. Andraud, , ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 8 (27), 17047–17059 (2016)

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement n°764837