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Anna Szemik-Hojniak

Also known as:
Anna W.Szemik or Anna Szemik

Keywords: Emission spectroscopy, Photoinduced Electron Transfer, Excited State Proton Transfer, Time-resolved spectroscopy, Theoretical Calculations,proton Sponges, N-oxides

Personal Information


I received my Ph.D in Radiochemistry at the University of Wroclaw (Poland) and the post-doctoral research work in Belgium at L`Universite Libre de Bruxelles (Solvay Fundation) and Catholic University of Leuven. At KULeuven, I worked in the Physical Chemistry Group and then I was grantee of the Institute of Nuclear Researches (sponsored by the Belgian Atomic Energy Commission). Later on, I was also CNRS grantee in France (Center of Nuclear Researches in Strasbourg), and several times I was awarded with the short term stays by the Dutch Academy of Art and Science, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and the European Laser Lab (The Laser Center of Free University of Amsterdam and the Center of Nuclear Energy, CEA, Saclay, France). I occupy with Molecular Photophysics mainly with Excited State of Electron and Proton Transfer at the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Wroclaw using steady state and time-resolved emission spectroscopy combined with DFT and TD DFT calculations. I cooperate with the European Commission in Directorate “Women in Science and Innovations” and perform international scientific co-operation with several research groups in Europe, Israel and the USA. Recently, I was awarded with “Distinguished Service Award” for my long term service as the the Board Director for International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES,, the operational partner of UNESCO. Presently, I serve as one of the Board Directors of INWES-Education and Research Institute (INWES-ERI), a charity organization with the headquarters in Ottawa (Canada). I am permanently employed in the faculty of Chemistry, University of Wroclaw, Poland