Prof. Szczepan Zapotoczny Jagiellonian University, Poland
Szczepan Zapotoczny holds a professor position at Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland) where he also completed his PhD in chemistry (1999) working on synthesis and photophysics of polymeric photosensitizers. Then, he joined the group of prof. G. J. Vancso (University of Twente, The Netherlands) as a postdoctoral researcher (1999-2001). After... read morecoming back to Poland his research focused on amphiphilic polymers obtained using controlled radical polymerizations and formation of photoactive polyelectrolyte multilayer films. His current scientific interests focus on nanostructural polymeric and hybrid materials for biomedical and optoelectronic applications. The studied systems include films, polymer brushes (conductive, stimuli-responsive), polymer coated nanoparticles, magnetic nanoparticles, micro- and nanocapsules serving as drug carriers and photoreactors. He is a leader of Nanotechnology of Polymers and Biomaterials group (Jagiellonian University) and the team of Nanoengineering of Functional Polymeric Materials Group at AGH University of Krakow (part time). He particularly collaborates with pharmacologists, medical doctors as well as pharmaceutical partners on development of polymer-based carriers of hydrophobic actives.