Structural Dynamics
Research Group

Department of Chemistry

University of Warsaw



Kasia and Radek became Guest Editors of the open-access Crystals journal for Special Issue entitled "Photocrystallo- graphy and Solid-State Structural Dynamics". You are most welcome to contribute to this Special Issue.


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Laboratory Facilities and Equipement

Time-resolved microscopy setup for multi-temperature luminescence studies

Single-crystal diffractometers

Light-delivery device for in situ photocrystallography

We have designed and built a setup dedicated to time-resolved lumine- scence studies of single-crystal samples at a 90–300 K temperature range. The setup is powered by the ns laser and enables observation (through the inverted microscope) and collection (via fast CCD camera) of emission data.

Being majorly crystallographers we extensively use various single-crystal X-ray diffractometers. These are available either at the UW Department of Chemistry, or via collaboration with our colleagues both inside and outside the UW campus.

We have designed and built a portable light-delivery device for in situ photocrystallographic exper- iments at home laboratory. The system consists of focusing optics and can be conveniently attached to a goniometer. It allows one to conveniently perform photo- crystallographic experiments, even when changing the light source is necessary.

Femtosecond transient absorption setup

Synthetic laboratory

Thank to collaboration with W. Gadomski we have free access to a flexible transient absorption setup. This femtosecond spectroscopic assembly is, among others, capable of pumping the sample at the UV-Vis regime and probing the fleeting species with generated white light spectrum.

Thank to collaboration with P. Kulesza we share a synthetic and crystallisation laboratory located in the UW Biological and Chemical Research Centre. Our group constitutes a part of a larger project gathering scientists under the common name of "Laboratory of Advanced Structural and Electrochemical Studies of Functional Materials".

Large-Scale Facilities

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble, France

ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, Didcot, United Kingdom

Advanced Photon Source, Argonne, United States

We have been among the very first users interested in small-molecule single-crystal Laue diffraction at the ID09 beamline (time-resolved X-ray scattering). So far we have also worked at the single-crystal high-pressure ID15B beamline and are scheduled for the materials science ID11 beamline.

Within the collaboration with Matthias Gutmann, the beamline scientist, we have caried out several experiments at the single-crystal diffraction SXD beamline.

During our multiple stays at APS we have extensively used the time-resolved 14-ID BioCARS beamline to study single-crystals via laser-pump / X-ray-probe techniques.


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  University of Warsaw

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