Piotr J Cywinski
Department of Physical Chemistry
University of Potsdam, Germany
Piotr Cywinski was born 1975 in Lodz, Poland. In 1996 he started to study physics at the Technical University of Lodz in the Faculty of Technical Physics, Computer Sciences and Applied Mathematics, where he received Master of Science for his work devoted to crystal engineering. Subsequently, he pursued PhD studies in the Department of Molecular Physics in the Faculty of Chemistry also Technical University of Lodz under the supervision of Prof. Barbara Wandelt. During his PhD, he investigated the properties of fluorescent molecularly imprinted polymers to detect cyclic guanosine 3,5 monophosphate cGMP. In this period Piotr was twice a Marie Curie fellow within two Marie Curie Training Sites 1: in the group of Prof. Wybren Jan Buma, at Van Hoff Institute For Molecular Sciences University of Amsterdam The Netherlands; 2: in the group of Prof. Dimitra Markovitsi at DSM or DRECAM or SPAM at Laboratoire Francis Perrin CEA Saclay, France. After finishing PhD he was appointed as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Gerhard J. Mohr in Institute of Physical Chemistry at the FriedrichSchiller University in Jena Germany. During this postdoctoral research he was working on the preparation of polymeric nanoparticles for the detection of chloride, oxygen and pH changes in living cells. Dr. Cywinski research resulted in numerous peer reviewed publications in scientific journals eg. Biosensors Bioelectronics, Chemical Communications and Journal of Fluorescence, book chapter in Topics in Current Chemistry as well as public presentations on a significant number of international conferences. Based at University of Potsdam he is currently a leader of an optical biosensing group in the Department of Physical Chemistry led by Prof. HansGerd Löhmannsröben. His research is focused on studying photophysical properties of semiconductor quantum dots and their application in high sensitive biosensing.
Molecularly Imprinted Polymers, Steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy, Surface functionalisation of nanobeads, metal nanoparticles and quantum dots, Intra- and intermolecular fluorescence resonance energy transfer, High sensitivity FRET systems for protein recognition.